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  1. Commercial Beekeeping
    What would be an acceptable rate of loose (possibly virgin) Queens being shook into packages? I have seen it from 0% to 1.5% with bulk package orders. Usually noted by absconding bees while leaving the caged queen (validated by finding the queen in the cluster after they left the hive and are...
  2. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Woke up this morning to find a nice big swarm of bees on the lilac bush within easy reach about 50 feet from my bee yard. Easily cut it down, shook them into a box, then set up a hive in my yard to put them in, including two full frames of honey. Somehow, in transferring the bees from the box...
  3. Bee Forum
    Hello everybody: In my last thread I raised my concerns about my hive being queenless and received superb advice. Therefore, I ordered a queen which shall arrive tomorrow and have been waiting for a virgin queen to return to the hive. Due to work, there have been no inspections, until...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I have a colony that's been queenless for probably two weeks. I discovered a few capped supersedure cells a week ago. I was planning to leave them alone but I unexpectedly have a mated queen coming my way in three or four days and would much rather go with the requeening instead of seeing if...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    After over 30 years I am getting back into Bees here in Newton, NC. I have a new hive (one week). Package installed, queen cage removed, using a top feeder. Today, while watching the bees, I saw a very large bee land on the board and enter the hive. Could this be just a big bee or a 'wild'...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I am a first year beekeeper with a strong hive in a NYC community garden that has produced a second queen twice this summer. The first time, in the spring, I feared a swarm and with no equipment to enlarge the brood nest I killed the new queen. I was advised that this was a bad move. However...
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