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  1. Bee Forum
    I have an overwintered hive that I'm hoping will try to swarm, because I want to make up splits and use swarm cells. The earliest swarms in my area are around March 25; more typically they get going the first or second week or April. The weather has been too cold to do a good inspection, but the...
  2. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Just a thought, but haven't seen or heard anyone talk about it. Has anyone put Royal Jelly in with an egg in order to raise Queens? I've heard that when others have tried using eggs to raise Queens rather than larvae, the eggs often get removed. What happens if Royal Jelly is added to the...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I am new here and asked this question of a couple of people and it was suggested that I post it. If a ripe queen cell is placed in a divided hive under an excluded super that is shared with a queenright hive on the other side of the division, will the bees hatch and raise this virgin queen...
  4. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    This isn't a brag or a how to....it's just how I did it while attempting to solve my plastic foundation dilemma with cutting out queen cells. It was an experiment (which I like to do) which worked. It's an option.
  5. Bee Forum
    I am at a crossroads in solving a problem created by my goof. The plan was to create a split from my existing carniolan hive. Seemed like a good idea because I had a ton of bees and the honey flow appears to be over here in southern New Hampshire. I would remove two frames of emerging...
  6. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Here's the question and the timing: May 2 - removed old queen and placed her in a nuc with some bees and brood as insurance. May 3 - introduced new purchased queen in cage with plug pushed in between frames (I know - too soon but breeder was a week early) May 12 - queen released, but no sign of...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hi all!! We've had our package of bees installed for about a month now (our first time keeping bees). In our inspection today, we found what looks like one supercedure cell. We've had lots of hatched brood, found the queen (and literally watched her lay an egg) and still a decent amount of...
  8. Bee Forum
    Installed 3lb Carniolan package last Sunday. I used hive frames from a langstroth, 10 frame deadout. Also included were 2 frames of honey for food. Some of the deadout frames had pollen. I examined the hive this evening and discovered that the queen had been released. Also observed eggs but...
  9. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Recently installed a 5 frame NUC. Been feeding it, did see a queen, haven't done much else with it. Have had the NUC about 3 weeks. Yesterday I opened the hive to check on it and pulled out some of the new frames I installed after getting the hive. When I pulled 1 of the frames out I noticed 2...
  10. Bee Forum
    Hello My 1st hive swarmed twice and 2nd hive swarmed once. I could catch one of the swarms and put into the new "swarm" hive. What have I done today: 1. I went to my 1st hive, went into the 2nd (middle) box and destroyed all the queen cells. Some of them had pupa that was about to born, so it...
  11. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hey guys ! This is my first time posting here but I've been reading a lot for this past year. I'm a novice top bar beekeeper from the South of France, and I'm having a little a trouble I hoped maybe you could help me out with : I'm not sure whether my colony is about to swarm or supersede (I...
  12. Bee Forum
    Had a hive cover blown off in some strong winds. Hive is being kind of weird I think, but this is my first season beekeeping so I really can't say. I may have queen cells but I'm not sure. I'll attach pictures and it'll be nice if you can help identify. Thank you!
  13. Wanting to Buy
    Still looking for some queens or queens cells early March. First week of March would be nice. I know no California breeders will have mated queens then, bu i'll use cells if you have them or can tell me where to get them
  14. Beekeeping 101
    We have had our hive for 28 days now, and to us, the bees are doing a terrific job. I wanted to post on here to get more professional and experienced opinions on whether or not the bees are on schedule, or possibly behind as of right now...
  15. Beekeeping 101
    My objective this year is to raise as many new hives as possible as I was left with one live hive coming out of winter. On the 17th of this month, I split out three frames one each of honey and brood and one with a mix plus the queen from the donor hive into a five frame nuc. Today, I checked...
  16. Bee Forum
    Hi All! Hive (): 2 deep brood supers (9 1/8" frames), I added 1 shallow (6 1/4") honey super (w/excluder) in June or July, hoping to give them more space. I built the body's, bottom, and cover with Cedar 2byXs, and purchased frames, if that could have anything to do with it. Location: Colorado...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    I am a first year beekeeper in Northern California. This is my first post, but I am a long time reader. I installed a package of Carniolans in May and they have done really well. Filled 2 brood boxes and I about to remove 2 out of 3 supers they have filled. After they had pulled out and...
  18. Bee Forum
    Hi - quick question from a newbie: do bees ever draw comb or make queen cups on the bottom slatted rack boards? I have one on my hive but haven't inspected it. It's often difficult to see due to the large number of bees hanging out down there. I do a thorough inspection of all frames though to...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    Good morning. I inspected my hive yesterday to find I have a different queen than what I installed. I installed my package bees four weeks ago. The week of install the temperature dropped drastically (in the 30's in Ohio) for 8-10 days. Upon first inspection, four days after install, I helped...
  20. Bee Forum
    This is my first year beekeeping and I found this queen cell today on the top of the frame, I have seen a couple of others, all empty though but then found this one today. The others were on the side of the frames or in the middle of the comb. When checking last week this one was not there...
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