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  1. Bee Forum
    Hi all, had some life stuff come up this year that set one of my hives back real bad… ended up honey bound, then queenless. Not proud- but this is the situation. By the time I finally got to the mess which was slimed out boxes & frames left by SMB taking over, I had a few supers I salvaged...
  2. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I've probably got involved in under 20 swarms, so I haven't got loads of experience, and observed two odd swarms this season that were almost identical but confused me a bit. I'd like to know what you think: One turned up in a trap at the start of the swarm season, one I got called to just...
  3. Bee Forum
    Hello group. This is my second year beekeeping and things were great up until two weeks ago. My experience in the first year was great - both hive grew two brood chambers and full two supers each - resulting in 85lb of raw honey. Real easy......right :) This year, everything was going...
  4. 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...
  5. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    My bees swarmed a week ago. I'm guessing it was due to some overcrowding since I haven't been able to check on the hive lately. After the swarm, I added an empty large super on top. I went into the hive yesterday and there hasn't been any building of new comb in the new super. They have also...
  6. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    A swarm was spotted on 3/30/19. It appeared to be about 6 lbs. A fellow beekeeper reported the swarm and we set out to retrieve the bees. By the time we arrived at about 2pm the following day, the swarm was about 1/3 of the original size. There was no wax on the branch. We shook the bees...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Hello everyone. I'm new on this forum. I need help determining whether my friend's hive is queenless. I checked it out today and found no brood, lots of bees, honey, nectar and some queen cells. I'm still relatively new at this, so I could use some help. I posted a video with the findings...
  8. Bee Forum
    I am fairly certain my one hive is queenless and that's its been that way for a few weeks... (put details below if interested). This is a new hive that was started April 9th this year. I have since moved a frame of eggs, larvae and capped brood from my other hive in hopes they create a new...
  9. Bee Forum
    I built a medium queen castle a few weeks ago which has 3 sections with room for 3 frames in each section. I took queen cells from another hive and filled the 3 sections up. A couple weeks later 2 of the 3 sections have a queen, but I believe one of the sections is queenless. There is visibly...
  10. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I had two very strong hives that swarmed and we captured the two largest swarms I've ever seen within fifteen minutes of each other 14 days ago. We had just recently robbed last Fall's honey and had wet honey supers so we thought they would be perfect to use for most of the swarm hive box...
  11. Bee Forum
    Second year beekeeper here and just got three NUCS 2 weeks ago. One has no queen or evidence of queen...just a lot of bees eating honey. No larva or capped brood. Also don't see any queen cells. The other two nucs seem to be doing well and have plenty of larva and capped brood. What should I...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    I tried to adopt a tiny colony that moved into my camper trailer, cut them out June 4. They swarmed almost immediately, I posted about it at http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?338335-transplanted-small-feral-colony-think-we-ve-lost-the-queen. I bought a frame of brood and a queen...
  13. Bee Forum
    Hey Y'all We are on week 4 of my first bee hive, which was a package of bees. They have been building comb well, and even have capped honey on their comb. However, last Thursday during my hive inspection I noticed that there was no brood and very little larva. Also, there was about 3-4 queen...
  14. Bee Forum
    I have 6 hives with at least 5 of them hopelessly queenless as far as I can tell. I started noticing that the bees were filling in the cells (areas that were otherwise generally used for brood) with nectar/honey and pollen. I couldn't find eggs so I knew something was wrong. I started looking...
  15. Bee Forum
    Have a hive I think is queenless - but they keep giving me mixed signals. I got a queen to re-queen them. But they ignored her. OK, maybe they aren't queenless I thought. Today they are a lot on the landing milling around looking confused. Too late - this morning I put the new queen in her...
  16. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    How early do the bees usually start bringing pollen into a nuc ?? April 12, I put frames with hopefully young eggs into the 2 nucs, - 8 &10 days later, both had capped QCs - Going by the dates I read, definitely they should have emerged by now - maybe just barely for the one. So mating...
  17. Bee Forum
    2 weeks ago I made two walk away splits from my hives, with each using two frames-- one of capped brood, and one freshly laid tray of eggs. All nurse bees on the frames were transferred with them. I told my friend 2 weeks ago Wednesday that we *had* get back in to the mother hives 14 days from...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    I live in central California. It has been a very wet winter, however temperatures will be in the 70s this week. Did a quick hive check last week and this weekend- could not find any signs of the queen. Yesterday noticed lots of dry eggs on bottom board, and laying workers. No brood...
  19. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Problem - two queenless hives, what to do? What's left of my hive that swarmed 14 days ago (TB1) is now queenless - there's no worker brood left, no larvae and no eggs. There is still a splattering of capped drone brood. It has 29 bars. I captured the swarm and have it in a TBnuc close by...
  20. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    July 5th my hive swarmed. That was the day after I returned from vacation; not exactly the welcome I was hoping for. I just installed a bee package in April The swarm landed 50 feet up a Douglas Fir. We tried in vain to knock them down. They flew off yesterday, so there is no possibility of me...
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