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  1. 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...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    I got this queen 1 year ago (April). I do recall her bees bearding a lot last year. didn't think much about it as it was early summer. But they are doing it again. It is March 30. East Texas - plums, pears, peaches have already bloomed. She was strong going into the winter and strong...
  3. Bee Forum
    [Hey gang, I've leveraged this forum and it's wealth of discussion and knowledge over the years, but am only now joining with my own active question. For context, I've been looking after 16 hives over the past several years up in the mountains in northwestern Italy. Brining my love for bees...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    Below, I have summarized the steps to make a split or new nuc into outline form, for future reference. There is SO much information and SO many opinions about the "best" way, that I've been trying to reduce steps down to the simplest version to make it less overwhelming and easier to remember...
  5. Bee Forum
    Hello, my bees have been making swarm cells, my mentor initially squished them and we tried to give them more space. They have been busy making more, and today there were a couple capped. I found the queen today, so she hasn't left yet, there are still some eggs, but I feel she is slowing...
  6. Splits/Combines
    Yesterday afternoon I found these swarm cells on one of my hives :digging: I think the queen is still in there b/c I found new eggs, you know like the grain of rice standing straight up in the cells... My queens are marked but I am having a heck of a time finding them b/c of all the bees these...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hi All! Hive (): 2 deep brood supers (9 1/8" frames), I added 1 shallow (6 1/4") honey super (w/excluder) in June or July, hoping to give them more space. I built the body's, bottom, and cover with Cedar 2byXs, and purchased frames, if that could have anything to do with it. Location: Colorado...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    First time beekeeping. I literally have had my hives for just 2 week and today during inspection, I found several queen cups on my weaker hive. I couldn't find any eggs in them (although I wasn't 100% sure what I was looking at at the time and probably didn't look as close as I could have) and...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Inspecting one of my surviving hives from last year today and found 2 capped queen cells both on the very bottom of one frame. Apx two weeks ago I pyramided this hive when I added a second deep hive body. They have drawn 8 out of ten frames out. The cells are on a frame in the top hive body. The...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    Inspected my yes, one hive today and I'm scratching my head at what is going on. Took out some burr comb that was dangling. It had separated from the plasticel on last inspection so I just pushed the frames back together. That was 2 wks ago. I added a honey super at the time as the 2- 10 deeps...
  11. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hello! I'm a first time beekeeper in Portland, OR. Unfortunately my experience hasn't been the greatest, though I do really love my bees!! We discovered v. Mites 6 weeks ago (which, from my reading, is pretty rare to experience for the first season) and started using Apiguard (June 12) around...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    I visited one of my out-yards the other day and found that one of my hives was swarming. As I got out of my truck, I heard that loud buzzing that accompanies bees when swarming. As I walked around and listened for where the swarm might be located, I found them up in the air about 50'. They were...
  13. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Haven't had many of my hives swarm, but didn't take note of location of queen cells when they did. Wondering if frames in certain locations in the brood nest are more likely to have queen cells. Given that swarm queen cells are usually towards the bottom of the brood nest, has anyone noticed a...
  14. Bee Forum
    I started with a package from Beeweaver that was hived week of May 15th. This is an old 8 frame English hive and the frames are only half the length of the regular US frames (so 2 deeps is equivalent of one regular US deep box). Added a third box on June 25th and when I checked on July 8th they...
  15. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I have a nuc that was raising a new queen. I saw her about a week and a half ago. When I checked the nuc today, I saw what appeared to be six supercedure cells and no queen. There wasn't enough bees for a swarm, either last week or today - so I don't think they swarmed. These cells are all in...
  16. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I did my first inspection of 2012 in my TBH this afternoon. The colony is from a package purchased last year and hived march 30th. All was well except some hive beetles. I even spotted the queen for the first time! I did see something interesting on one of the brood combs though. I am wondering...
  17. Bee Forum
    So a bunch of queen cups popped up along the bottoms of frames in my inspection the other day. Dosn't look like anything's in them yet, but looks like they're thinking about swarming. I'm interested in getting the increase and don't mind feeding like crazy to build them up (they just pulled a...
  18. Bee Forum
    During my inspection last Sunday, my hive had several new, empty swarm cells. I did not search for the queen, but I did see lots of eggs. Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), I checked the hive again and the swam cells were still empty, and again I saw plenty of eggs in the brood nest. The rest...
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