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  1. Beekeeping 101
    Hi there. First year beekeeper. So i had a package of bees that killed the queen a month in. I found 11 queen cells. All were a mixture of emergecy/supercedure cells of various sizes and a couple swarm cells. I killed 3, put 3 in a nucbox and left 4(thought there was 10 and left 3 but i missed...
  2. Bee Forum
    I had a strong hive that threw 3 swarms that I know if in the past two weeks; I managed to catch two of them. I noticed today that the hive that swarmed is already bringing in pollen and while watching it I noticed a high pitched buzz almost like pipping, then I saw a worker bee dragging out a...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    New Beekeeper here! Wondering if any experienced eyes out there can tell me if I've spotted the virgin queen in this photo or not. Our package swarmed, was successfully captured and installed into a new hive and the original marked queen was found in there. The package the swarm came from had a...
  4. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I have a problem with my mating nucs. I put cells in the nucs and virgin queens hatch from the cells and the 2 days later they are all found dead in front of the nucs. Any ideas to address this problem?
  5. Bee Forum
    I have a hive (2 deeps , one med super) that swarmed a week or so ago because it was honey bound. I opened it up yesterday and found some honey in the super, the whole of the upper deep full of nectar and honey, some small space for a queen to lay in lower deep plus lots of pollen and some...
  6. Bee Forum
    I have a queenless hive that is actively building out 4 queen cells (from a frame of eggs I donated from another hive). My concern is that during a my recent inspections, I haven't seen any drones inside any of my 3 hives. I've heard some people say that there are drones year round in the bay...
  7. Bee Forum
    We had an interesting afternoon of beekeeping on Sunday. Terry and I were ready to split one of her booming colonies. We both pulled frames from the cluster and began our usual "find the queen competition." After about 30 seconds I'd spotted the queen. I was watching the queen scurry around...
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