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  1. Splits/Combines
    Hi, My hive is full. I have a brood and 2 supers. I can see bees in all three of them and the supers have some honey. As the hive is nearly full, I am a little bit worried about swarming and loosing some of my bees. It is the last week of July. Is it safe to split the hive now? Thanks, John
  2. Beekeeping 101
    My package is building into their second box, bottom box 7 of 10 build out. Queen laying solid frames of brood. Found the start of 3 swarm cells. In heavy flow right now with sweet clover blooming and fields of star thistle. It’s probably too late for me to try and get a split. Any thoughts...
  3. 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...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I had 2 Demaree hives swarm. A I felt pretty pleased with myself after Demaree-ing my 2 largest hives. Neither was a proper original Demaree, as both ended up with more than one brood frame in the lower, queenright box for a couple of reasons. One got two, the other three I think. Anyway, Queen...
  5. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I have two hives, one was extremely strong and I thought I put another box on early enough but apparently I did not as they swarmed 10 days ago. My other hive still has its queen but is not growing at the same pace at all. The hive does have eggs however. The hive that swarmed is super strong...
  6. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hi. Hoping for some advice. Last week (May 9, 2021). I caugh my first swarm and brought it back to my new yard. Everything seems to be going fine. Lots of bees and they are foraging pollen. The bees seem more aggressive then my other hives. If you get writhing 50 feet of the new hive one or 2...
  7. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Today, well....sometime yesterday actually, a swarm from my one and only hive landed about 15 feet or so up in a tree next to the shed the hives are adjacent to. I thought they were lost for good last night, but then got the idea to go out and check this morning and sure enough they had settled...
  8. Bee Forum
    I have this hive installed from a package a 3.5 weeks ago. They were doing fine, queen was laying like a champ and I decided to mark the queen 1 week ago to know if she swarmed etc. Something must have happened b/c a week later when I checked on them I found no queen and no fresh eggs. And there...
  9. Bee Forum
    I'm new to this site so apologies if this is in the wrong thread or something....but I have something I just CAN'T figure out. I have had bees for a few years, they did okay, had some losses, it's not something I'm unfamiliar with. Last year, I had a colony of russians, They didn't make it...
  10. Splits/Combines
    Hi I have one of my two hives did a late season swarm at the end of August. The swarm wound up in a pine tree 25 feet off the ground and unaccessible for recovery. I found 2 open swarm cells on one frame that both look like they had queens emerge. I did an inspection but could not find a queen...
  11. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    After a short trip away, I came back to find that my hive had swarmed. Actually, it looked completely empty with nothing coming or going on a hot sunny day. My husband and I stared to dismantle what we assumed was an empty hive (there was an ant nest under the bottom box, which we thought...
  12. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Im new to beekeeping and using the time to catch swarms, observe and talk to my other keepers but I am really stumped on this one. The hive has varying stages of all kinds of things, some sparse brood(I think?), sparse drone (for sure...) cells with a CRAZY number of eggs, then a whole ton of...
  13. Bee Forum
    good day! After 2 years of no success, my bait hive has tenants. There is a little problem though. The situation: 1 The bait hive is on a maple tree at about 30 ft. 2 There is a huge beard outside of the hive, especially on the side, where... 3 I did spill quite a bit of lemongrass on the...
  14. 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...
  15. Photo/Video Gallery
    The other day a swarm decided to move in to a lure hive I put out for them. I caught them on video, saw the queen and helped her in, when to my surprise they built a ladder to bridge the gap to the landing board to help their sisters march. Here's the video I created for family and friends...
  16. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hi All, I had a swarm today, and for the first time ever- I got it! The hive (I believe was the one) that swarmed still has a cluster, and It's been over 3 hours. The weather is only in the 60s. I'm in Louisville, KY. I did not spot the queen when I put the swarm into it's new home, but the...
  17. Equipment/Hardware
    Has anyone used, or considered using, the ProNuc (Pro Nuc) as a swarm trap? Seems like a cost effective use for them, but I haven't actually seen one in person so am curious if anyone things they are sturdy enough for that task.
  18. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hi all, A similar question is posted in new beekeepers, with apologies. I accidentally found bees in a trap (having seen no activity), but very few bees, with the only comb as shown in the linked photo. Even at night, there are maybe 10-20 bees in the hive. What may have happened, and is...
  19. 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...
  20. Bee Forum
    I have an overwintered hive that I'm hoping will try to swarm, because I want to make up splits and use swarm cells. The earliest swarms in my area are around March 25; more typically they get going the first or second week or April. The weather has been too cold to do a good inspection, but the...
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