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  1. Bee Forum
    Hello from Oregon! I have two hives here in Southern Oregon, where the weather is now around 60 in the daytime and 40 at night. We've had a lot of rain, but both hives are recovering well. while doing some checkerboarding to reduce the likelyhood of swarming, i looked down into the bottom of the...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    More re: my "weak hive" narrative -- I saw (after my hive pop seemed to drop 50% or more over a short period, ~ 2 weeks ago:s) what I think were 2 swarm cells on the bottom of 1 frame of an upper deep (of a 2-deep hive). Each of the 2 cells had an opening on the bottom. If these really were...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    New bee here. When I do inspections I take a bunch of photos and study them later. I often find things that I was too overwhelmed/busy to see at the time. Like the cells in the lower left corner of this frame. Are they swarm cells? This hive was started April 8 from a package. All 8-frame...
  4. Bee Forum
    I fed my bees early this spring with sugar boards. We had a terrible nectar season last year, then a long cold winter. Well, then we had a bunch of trees all started blooming at once. The bees went nuts. I probably had 50 swarm cells in 6 hives. I had given them room and everything, but...
  5. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    Newbeek here, totally baffled by what's happening in our modified Warre from Sweet Valley Hives: We installed on April 20 in Philadelphia, and have had very cold weather. Queen was released with some help from us on Day 5. After a couple more weeks of chilly weather, we opened the hive last...
  6. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    While I was inspecting my strongest hive today, I found a queen cell in the process of being capped by the workers. It looked like a swarm cell, sort of down at the bottom area of my foundationless comb. Either the bees plan to supercede or swarm. Would giving it about a week and then moving it...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    I have a couple questions in regard to this picture. Our strongest hive has swarmed at least (4) times this spring leaving it with a lot less bees. I have done a couple of hive inspections since the swarming and haven't found any larvae or evidence of a queen. We have been concerned that we did...
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