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  1. Bee Forum
    I have four hives - one is fine, and I spot the queen every time. Two of the other hives are feral, from a cut-out I did a month back but could not get the queen. The last hive in question is a weaker queen-less hive I have had for quite some time. I re-queened two of these and tried to get the...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    The hive on the right was my strongest hive going into this spring. It ended up swarming (4) times and now is queenless. I have been watching as the hive languishes along. I've tried a few things to try to get a queen going in there, but haven't been successful. What I've decided to do at this...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    I have a hive that has been slow since I hived it last month (May 5th). I discovered the dead queen today, along with a new capped queen cell on the only frame of brood. My options at this point are to let them raise the new queen and possibly fall behind, or buy a commercial one and make the...
  4. Bee Forum
    One of my hives has been in a malaise for several weeks now, and I could not figure out why. I decided to move them into a spare nuc this morning to give them a smaller space to work with, and lo and behold, found my dead marked queen on them floor of the old hive. Luckily, I found a queen cell...
  5. Bee Forum
    I hived several packages of Carnies about 3 weeks ago. One never really seemed to get with it and start building comb like the others, they seemed sort of aimless. I have checked them once a week, re-filling their feeders as needed. This aimless hive built comb inside their division board feeder...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    Hi All... I got my first-ever hives as nucs on 4/30. It was inspected about 6/15 or so and found queenless, as I had suspected by the drone brood forming, but nothing else. We took a frame with queen cells out of my other "good" hive and installed it in the problem hive. The next week or so I...
  7. Bee Forum
    Mr. Disselkoen has a lot of very good ideas for raising bees, getting them to make queen cells, and outbreeding varroa mites. But I was wondering how many of you have tried his method of removing your queen--making a small split--in the spring right before the nectar flow and letting the main...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    Got back from a week away and noticed right away that something wasn't right with one of our hives. Took a look inside and discovered that we have laying workers. A few capped drone cells and lots of cells with multiple eggs. Now, what to do? Is it worth it to try to replace the queen? Is...
  9. Bee Forum
    Hi. I just went up to check on one of my new hives only to find a lot of buzzing and frantic bees. About 10 feet away was a small cluster of bees on the ground...when I walked over, I noticed they were surrounding the queen. She was marked and had clipped wings. I really don't understand how...
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