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  1. Observation Hive Forum
    Hey all, I’m a first time beek with a 3x3 OH. I bought a 3# package of bees last spring that came in a plastic Bee-bus container. The beek that sold them suggested I put the queen cage on the middle frame so I didn’t have to look at it and said I wouldn’t need to open the hive till about Aug. to...
  2. 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...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hello, my first-year hive swarmed about 3 weeks ago. I did an inspection a week later to see if the virgin queen had emerged and she did although I didn't see her. It's been 2 weeks since then and I still haven't seen her or eggs/larvae. The colony didn't seem chaotic or anything either. Should...
  4. FREE - To Be Given Away
    Got a free mated queen in Atlanta/Cobb county area. Had a queenless hive. Came to install a new one today but nature had already given me a new one all on herself. Let me know if you are interested
  5. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Does anyone have experience with long term banking of mated queens? I'm looking to bank mated queens overwinter to replace deads as well as sell. I'm from Alberta, Canada so looking to bank for 6 months. Any experience or thoughts on banking in an incubator without attendants? Thanks for your help.
  6. Bee Forum
    I was installing a nuc today and thought I had checked the old box thoroughly for the queen. Several hours later I took one last look and lo and behold, I spotted her still in the nuc box. I had left it out in front of the langstroth hive I put them in. I got her on the end of a piece of plastic...
  7. Bee Forum
    I have this hive installed from a package a 3.5 weeks ago. They were doing fine, queen was laying like a champ and I decided to mark the queen 1 week ago to know if she swarmed etc. Something must have happened b/c a week later when I checked on them I found no queen and no fresh eggs. And there...
  8. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hi, my first year hive from a package is superseding the queen. I found 6 queen cups and 1 cell with larvae in it. I would like to know if when the virgin queen emerges can she still mate even though I have one hive?? I don't see why they need a new queen her brood pattern is pretty good and...
  9. Bee Forum
    Hello - I have a drone laying queen. I suspect she was superceded or swarmed late last autumn without me knowing about it. This spring I have witnessed only drone brood being layed. It's now May 2. Today I located the queen and pinched her. My options now are 1) bring a frame of eggs over from...
  10. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hi, one of my hives has produced a lot of queen cells... It has swarmed twice already and seems like its going to swarm once again. To make good use of these queen cells a moved a frame with queen cells to a weak hive with has a weak queen but I didn't kill the queen in that hive. I killed it...
  11. Splits/Combines
    I am considering doing some splits that immitate a hive just swarmed. Is there a name for this or is it a common way to split? Day 1:Seperate the supers from the brood chamber. Install a new bottom board and outer cover on the supers and keep the supers in the original hive location. catch the...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    Hello, Never had an interest in bee keeping until a swarm took up residence in a column at our house. I'm in north Texas (DFW area) and we're starting to see near freezing temps overnight and day temps from mid 40s to mid 60s+. I've read about the Hogan trapout and a couple other methods to...
  13. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    We had a top bar hive with a couple of issues. It was in a shadier spot in the apiary, had a large number of hive beetles AND the bees were pretty pissy. We relocated it to a sunnier position which helped drop the number of hive beetles a little, but didn't change the temperament of the bees...
  14. Welcome Forum
    Hello, I found a queen with a dozen of workers on the grass. I caught the queen, and it turned to have some dirty thread (string) tied to one of the legs. Maybe it got injured or so. Any suggestions what can I do to save its live? Thanks
  15. Bee Forum
    Has anyone had terrible luck with returning mates queens? All six of my hives made it through winter, then all six have swarmed (caught all six by some miracle) but five of the six currently have no eggs. It’s been over three weeks since all of the swarms and still nothing. I literally witnessed...
  16. Beekeeping 101
    New Beekeeper here! Our queen and all of her attendants were dead on arrival of our package bees. Here's the story: We are Floridians who just got our first package of bees from Mountain Sweet Honey Company (beginning to regret this choice). Hive was prepped: baseboard, deep brood box with...
  17. Bee Forum
    Hi bee friends, My daughter and I installed a package of bees into our first hive on Friday. Even though the attendants in the queen cage were dead (the Italian bees were shipped from Georgia, a 5 day trip), we opted for delayed release (cage between two frames at the top of the box). We live...
  18. Photo/Video Gallery
    The other day a swarm decided to move in to a lure hive I put out for them. I caught them on video, saw the queen and helped her in, when to my surprise they built a ladder to bridge the gap to the landing board to help their sisters march. Here's the video I created for family and friends...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    Two weeks ago a swarm landed in an upside-down flower pot in my neighbor's yard. When I went to transfer them to my Langstroth box yesterday they hadn't started any comb yet, which I found peculiar. They had some wax deposits on the inside walls of the planter and they had been diligent about...
  20. Bee Forum
    If pollen starts going into the hive, will the queen start laying immediately, or is there a significant gap? A little pollen here last week and quite a lot today. I am wondering when I can expect new bees to start bulking up the hive population.
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