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  1. Beekeeping 101
    I am a first-year beekeeper. I ordered a 3lb package of Italians in the spring and dutifully installed them the day I got them in April. After they built up to ~80% of the first deep I put the second one on and things have been slowing down since. They have only drawn out ~2.5 frames in the top...
  2. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I have 2 new Russian queens ordered (arriving today) with the goal of seeing how my dbl nuc hive box set up goes through the winter. But I also know I have 2 under performing colonies. Would it be best to requeen under performers now instead of in the spring, maybe use the under performer...
  3. Splits/Combines
    3rd year beekeeper here. I went into last winter with 2 previously overwintered colonies (one via split) and 2 new ones. The older colonies made it through winter while the 2 new ones did not (despite one of them being very strong at season's end). One of my survivors swarmed in late June but...
  4. Bee Forum
    I am keeping bees in SC Iowa Ok guys, I got 6 queens last night in the mail. I am writing this Friday morning... Weather today is WINDY and grey cloud cover, supposed to maybe have rain this afternoon. Temp outside at 10:30 am is 53F. I think it is too cold to open the hives look for old...
  5. Bee Forum
    I have always had Italian stock bees in my apiary. Keeping up with Italians in the spring time is a chore . I saw some hybrid Russian Italian Queens advertised and was just wondering if anyone else had introduced hybrid bees to their Italian colonies without issue. The bees have been pissy...
  6. 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...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Have 2 hives I would like to requeen. Have heard/read they often get superceded very shortly afterwards. 2 weeks, 2 months Wondering if true - how often does that happen % wise ?? Kinda hate to buy queens only to have them superceded.
  8. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    Hello -- Our first two years as beekeepers, we used 8-frame langs with package bees. First package, we received a dead queen and had to requeen immediately, left her in the cage five days, but still ended up losing that queen and (mostly because of our inexperience) ended up with laying workers...
  9. Bee Forum
    I had a hot hive and decided to replace the queen with one from a swarm I had caught in a Nuc size box. This is similar to what I did: Set up the frames from the Nuc in (the top of) full size boxes so that it is a similar size to the hot hive and place it beside the hot hive. Add frames of...
  10. Welcome Forum
    I purchased 3 nucs at the end of May. We moved them to 10 frame deeps about a week after receiving them. I now have 1 very strong and thriving colony and 2 weak but living colonies. The 2 weakernel colonies are week because the queens are poor layers. It's obvious due to the available comb that...
  11. Bee Forum
    I would like to requeen about a dozen of my hives that have older queens. Most are in single deeps with excluders and supers on. I have read much on the idea of just putting the finished queen cell in the hive let it hatch and let nature take its course. This seems a simpler and less time and...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    First time beekeeper here, I hived a package about three weeks ago, now realizing I lost my queen. I was thinking because the weather turned cold that she was just having a slow start but I don't see eggs or larvae after inspecting yesterday. Is it too late to order a new queen?
  13. Beekeeping 101
    I have two hives that are queenless and have started queen cells. One is a swarm I caught that ended up not having a queen. I gave them a few frames of comb to get started. A few combs had eggs. Another is a production hive that had a new queen that appeared to be laying well but they either...
  14. Bee Forum
    Hello everyone, I just requeened a few aggressive hives today and after 2-3 hours I began noticing that there were quite a few bees walking on the ground all over my yard. I tried to inspect a few of them to see what was wrong and it appears that they are too weak to fly. I'm not sure if this is...
  15. Bee Forum
    Hi all and thanks in advance... I am mentoring a student beekeeper, but she has come across a problem that I need assistance solving. She has a hive that was started from a nuc this year, she waited too long to put a second brood box on, they got crowded and swarmed the 1st of June. I visited...
  16. Bee Forum
    So this is my first year beekeeping. I had problems with obtaining my nuc as planned due to the nuc coming in late when I was not going to be in town. I therefore ended up with a full deep body hive from a couple who was going out of the business. I had no problems getting the hive established...
  17. Bee Forum
    Order for package of Carniolans did not go well. Lost or misplaced by USPS and arrived seven days from shipping. Syrup can empty, layer of dead bees on floor of cage. We immediately put them in the hive, which was a recycled hive with comb, and opened up the queen cage too, figuring that the...
  18. Commercial Beekeeping
    After getting the bees back from the almonds, hives are boiling out with bees in double deeps. I planned on making some splits while in the oranges and in the foothills with ripe queen cells. But was concerned with the queen and her mating flight in a yard with all similar in box conf. and color...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    So after a couple months of spotty queen laying I decided to heed the advice of the internet and to requeen my hive. This is my first year beekeeping and I originally bought a caged queen and box of bees. After she was installed and made it out of her cage, I never saw her again. The brood was...
  20. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    My queen was delivered via UPS today. Unfortunatly I'm not able to get to my hives until a couple of days. I keep my hives in Oklahoma and I live in Texas. Upon arrival I put some drops of water, which the bees drank up very quickly and a drop of honey on the cage. I put the cage in a Tubberware...
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