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  1. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hello guys, I have 8 hives in this particular apiary. Out of those 8 only two are making honey, so far those two made about 90 pounds of honey (3 medium supers). But the remaining 6 have a unique behavior. They do have good number of worker bees but they walking around. None of the girls seem...
  2. Bee Forum
    I have hive that I want to re-queen because they are slow building up. I’m considering getting an OHB Queen. By the time I factor in the shipping cost it’s about a $75 investment. Roughly I would need to make an additional 9 pounds of honey to get my money back. Should I do it? I know a lot...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    A rainy day here in New Haven... I set up 10 new mini-mating nucs (the Mann Lake variety) yesterday with capped queen cells from larvae grafted one week ago. The usual--a cup of bees, 1:1 syrup in the feeder, and a capped queen cell, together with an artificial queen lure. Foundation starter...
  4. Bee Forum
    I visited my hive yesterday & saw only a small amount of capped brood. No eggs or larvae at any stage. There were 2 queen cells in my hive but they were not capped and had no larvae. I am thinking that the solution here is to get a new queen? This hive had struggled with raising a well...
  5. Bee Forum
    Hey guys I'm really new to beekeeping (only since the start of this year) and I'm freaking out a bit. During a hive inspection yesterday I found the queen walking around on the ground and I tried to catch her and put her back on the frame and the suddenly I couldn't find her! If she did fly...
  6. Splits/Combines
    2nd year beekeeper here with a few questions on some new experiences. My overwintered hive was very strong this spring and was showing signs of swarming so I made my first split. After seeing quite a few supersedure cells with two full brood boxes I checkered a new brood box with plenty of...
  7. 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...
  8. Wanting to Buy
    Wondering if anyone has an all-American or other suitable Texas-adapted queen they want to sell me. My best hive is now mysteriously queen-less. No eggs or uncapped brood, only a few remaining capped brood to be hatched. All the bee suppliers in the area that I know are sold out. Can anyone...
  9. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hi, I want to see if this has happened to someone else and what they recommend doing at this point. Has anyone lost 2 queens in the same hive over a short period? If so, what did you do? Is it possible they are trying to replace her, or would they wait until the new queen is mated? Let me...
  10. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hi! I have some newbie questions for more experienced beekeepers. I just got 2 new packages and today was the first, 2 week inspection. I saw weird things in each one that make me a little nervous! Can anyone please help me figure this out? Colony 1: (eggs only, no capped brood. Found the...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    If you have a queen out of a hive for a few days, what are the best conditions for her and her attendants? I have had mixed results. I have kept Queens in delivery cages in the garage (90 degrees or so) on a plate with a wet paper towel, overnight, and they were fine. However I think the...
  12. Bee Forum
    I bought a 3 lbs package of bees from Wolf Creek 4/6/2013 and they are overly aggressive to the point of following me beyond twenty feet from the hive and staying my constant companion. Anyone having similar experience from a package bought from Wolf Creek around April 2013? Yesterday one...
  13. Bee Forum
    About two weeks ago I started to see queen cells in my hive and couldn't locate the queen anywhere, still not sure what happened to her. I purchased a new queen and added her to the hive 1 week ago today. Performed an inspection today and the queen looks healthy and normal however doesn't seem...
  14. 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...
  15. Bee Forum
    Ok, well with great disappointment it looks like something has happened to my queen and I will need to replace her. This is my first year beekeeping so I have a lot to learn. I have had my packaged italian bees in there hive for about 3 weeks but as mentioned something happened to the queen so...
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