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  1. Bee Forum
    I have some hives that have uncapped swarm cells and I know the virgins are running around. However I have some mating nucs with mated, proven Queens.In order to not set a hive back and get Brood production started again, I thought it would be best to install a mated Queen. But being as it’s...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    Questions: Would emergency queen cells be in a swarm cell location or are they planning on swarming? Is it too late to introduce a queen with capped cells or can I destroy them and add a mated queen? Background: I am having multiple issues with a new package of bees. This April I purchased...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Hellow everyone, I got a new nuc, That I placed into a empty hive. The Queen bee died within 2 weeks. I replaced her with a mated Russian Queen. I 1st placed her with the cage for 3 days then opened the end with the candy and let the bees release her. About a week later I was checking the...
  4. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Lost all bees over Winter. Got new shipment. Queen never got out of cage- died. Got new Queen. Checked 3 days later, candy gone but 4 dead bees in cage. Maybe one is queen , posted pics on different site, huge debate ensues on if one dead one is queen, order new Queen. 4 days check hive - see...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Hi there! A week ago, all signs pointed to laying workers; I saw multiple eggs per cell and drone brood everywhere. At the direction of a local commercial beekeeper (and my bee supplier), I shook out the bees about 30ft from the hive, pulled out the old frames and replaced with unused foundation...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I installed my first bee package yesterday into a 10-frame hive. The queen cage was held between 2 frames and fell to the bottom. I know I shouldn’t look after the first night but I had a hunch and was right. I pulled out a couple frames, picked it up and attached it with a staple so it won’t...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hello and thank you for providing feedback for new beekeepers like myself. I installed my first package last week. After 5 days, I checked the hive - queen was out of her cage but I couldn't see her. Bees seemed happy so I assume she is in there somewhere. No eggs yet, but I was told if there...
  8. Bee Forum
    Hello, One of my hives swarmed last before last weekend (04/16/2017). I was able to catch the swarm and give them new home. It looks they are doing ok. I gave them some syrup to bust them up a little. Now back to original hive: the original hive apparently lost its queen, so most probably they...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    A newbie here... I'm getting my first package in a few weeks. The plan is to install it and leave it for 3-5 days before checking if the queen was released and accepted. My question is how much food should I leave for the bees during that period. I'm planning on using 1:1 sugar nectar to feed...
  10. Bee Forum
    Hello, As a new beekeeper I have a question about a possibility of having a queen in the hive. Since I started in July I am having a trouble to find a queen in my hives. Some suggesting that the queen is missing in the hives, but they had a good reproduction during "warm" months. Lately...
  11. Bee Forum
    Background: Today I introduced three queens into different hives and only had one problem. The problem hive was a nuc I split out of one of my other hives. The split included 1 frame of eggs and small larvae, one frame of drawn out comb and honey and three empty frames. 25 minutes later I...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    On July 20th 2016 I noticed one of my hives had no new eggs, larvae or capped brood even though the queen was still present in the hive. Well over 30 days prior was the last time she laid so it wasn't weather related. I ordered a new queen for the hive. On the 24th of July I killed the existing...
  13. Bee Forum
    I have 3 hives. This is my first year bee keeping. One of my hives killed the queen as best I can tell as she was poorly mated. They did start a few queen cells. I took one frame with a queen cell and a frame from each of the other hives in an attempt to start a nuc. Yesterday, I checked my...
  14. Beekeeping 101
    Good day all, I installed my 3lb package 5 days ago. Today I was going to do a quick inspection and potentially release the queen. Turns out they ate through the candy and released her on their own! I did not take the frames out and visually spot the queen, as I didn't want to disturb too much...
  15. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hi, I'm in my second year of beekeeping. I used the cloake board method to get 6 queen cells from my favorite queen. I took the cells and made up some NUCS. The queens hatched out a couple days ago. I went into one of the NUCS this morning and observed a queen that had tattered edges on the...
  16. Bee Forum
    Will putting swarm bees into a already queened hive cause a problem? I was looking to catch swarms and maybe merge them with my younger hives to help them grow faster, but will the already established hive except the swarm bees, and will the swarm bees except the queen?
  17. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hi, this is my first year beekeeping. I had a very strong colony that swarmed August 3rd. I lost that swarm as they got away. The colony swarmed again exactly a week later. August 10th. I was able to catch that swarm and hived it. The original colonies new virgin queen was able to mate and...
  18. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I made up a double Nuc yesterday and today installed two Carniolan queens in cages with attendants. Right before I put them in the hives they were mobbed by bees clearly aggressively while sitting on a pallette next to the hive body outside the hive. It happened right after I arrived in the...
  19. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I captured a very large angry swarm of bees a few weeks ago, the queens laying pattern was erratic so I was very happy to find another swarm which I combined with it last week. I captured and removed the 'bad' queen and was very excited to have a new queen. Note I have never done this before so...
  20. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hi guys, first time poster... Have gone and done as much reading as I can here, but given the time senstive nature of things, I think a personalized answer is the only thing that's going to do the trick here. I've tried to read over the rules, but I am flipping out! BLUF: I have a hive that I...
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