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  1. Bee Forum
    I have multiple week hives with virgin queens. I don't want to get behind even further by waiting for them to mate, then start laying etc since the flow is on here. There are still a good # of bees, so I would rather combine these hives or add some bees to production colonies. However, I am...
  2. Welcome Forum
    This has probably been cover ad nauseam but I thought I’d get some fresh thoughts. I much prefer finishing queens in an incubator, then introducing to mating nucs, as opposed to using cells. I get that cells are handier, and usually solve acceptance issues. But I like to assess (and mark)...
  3. Bee Forum
    I have some hives that have uncapped swarm cells and I know the virgins are running around. However I have some mating nucs with mated, proven Queens.In order to not set a hive back and get Brood production started again, I thought it would be best to install a mated Queen. But being as it’s...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I came out of winter with two strong hives and good Queens. Then I developed a drone laying Queen and had a swarm. Now I am left with one virgin queen. She emerged 7 days ago And still no eggs. I have someone who will supply me with a queen. How long should I give this virgin before I take this...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Hi All Last year I had a large and a small swarm come off of a big hive. Was the small swarm a virgin queen? Do virgin queens swarm or only mated ones? Cathy
  6. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Here's the question and the timing: May 2 - removed old queen and placed her in a nuc with some bees and brood as insurance. May 3 - introduced new purchased queen in cage with plug pushed in between frames (I know - too soon but breeder was a week early) May 12 - queen released, but no sign of...
  7. Bee Forum
    I hived a swarm that I thought would have my old queen and possible another queen. I saw the second one enter the give shortly after I caught the swarm. I couldn't find either of the queens yesterday :scratch:. However, I happened to see what I thought was a drone with something hanging from...
  8. Bee Forum
    Help needed....No eggs or Brood? Virgin queen? Help....I am new to bee keeping (2nd year) I had 2 hived last year and they over wintered very well and I decided to split 1 hive that had 2 x full deeps of bees. I did the split/walk away method and 5 weeks later there is NO eggs/larvae/brood. I...
  9. Bee Forum
    I am so disappointed in myself. So so disappointed. Spotted my stellar Carniolan Queen today - big and beautiful and an amazing layer - so what do I do, I attempt to mark her using the all in one marker tool. What happened? I pinched her, I bloody pinched her. My gloves were sticky with propolis...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    So as i feared My Nuc we installed this last saturday i believe swarmed. At least I saw a swarm and with the help of another beekeeper caught the swarm, but the Original Hive didn't look like it had lost any bees. [I did not inspect it, since i was focused on the swarm] I am sure some of these...
  11. Bee Forum
    Saw the hive unceremoniously kicking her out while we were trying to install an electric fence yesterday. Wouldn't have given her a second look if not for her patterning. http://i.imgur.com/bYUKOlX.jpg (Easier zoom on the link) Backstory is from this forum post if interested...
  12. Bee Forum
    As a result of making several splits 2-3 weeks ago I currently have 5 new hives with virgin queens. The 3 smaller hives each have a single virgin queen in them that emerged 5-10 days ago, none of whom is laying yet. The 2 much more populous hives were slightly behind, the queens scheduled to...
  13. Bee Forum
    I need some advice to help me understand the situation of this hive. Here's the timeline: 06/06-- Package was picked up after a month of delays due to weather. Rossman Apiaries, I believe. Queen placed in queen frame. 06/13-- Queen released from Queen frame. Oddly, she is marked with a white...
  14. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hived a small swarm , installed them in a ten frame medium box on drawn comb Question #1 do you think she is a virgin queen with such a small swarm. Question #2 how fast will she mate and start laying . And if not a virgin how fast will she start laying or should I give them some brood to boost...
  15. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Had a dental appointment this morning and took the whole day off, so I decided to get my hive inspections out of the way. Found plenty to be nervous about. I have one top bar hive and two foundationless Langstroths (all medium 10 frame equipment). My last inspection of the TBH was on May 11th...
  16. Beekeeping 101
    Can someone explain after-swarms to me? It seems to be basic bee knowledge (I knew this before I ever kept a bee) that the old queen leaves and the new queen destroys the other cells or fights any other emerging queen to the death! Sola Una Regina! So do we even know the mechanisms for...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    I opened my hive today (queenless split made on 4/12/14) on the advice of my mentor. I was looking for a capped queen cell since this should be about day 12. This is what I saw: If I know what I'm looking at, that looks like a hatched queen, but I didn't see one on any of the frames. Then...
  18. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I have witnessed two primary swarms during my first season (recaptured one). Yesterday evening I arrived home after work to find Hive #1 had again drained a quart of 1:1 sugar water. They have been pulling in a quart a day for about a week. An hour later I walked by to see and hear a small...
  19. Bee Forum
    In Snelgrove's book "The Introduction of Queen Bees" one method of introducing virgin queens was to use only sealed brood. I have considered setting up my queen-castles the day before the queens arrive with emerging / sealed brood... Having read a number of threads on the subject of virgin...
  20. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    So here’s the deal. I’m a new beekeeper and have one 47” long top bar hive on a small urban lot near DC. The bees were started from a package at the end of March and have built out about 15 bars of comb (actually slightly more as some had to be sacrificed to deal with cross-combing issues). I...
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