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  1. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Not informative, but I find it to be quite beautiful! Hope you enjoy! https://youtu.be/ylyCCBedpvc
  2. Bee Forum
    Pretty sure this a virgin. I got into my russians yesterday evening and they were packed. So I decided to look around some. Long story short, about a dozen swarm cells, 2 emerged while I was in it, caught both, made 2 quick splits and cut out 3 swarm cells before dark. Had 2 of the swarm cells I...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Hey all, I have a question about queens. I did a couple of splits on the 17th, put the old queen in a nuc. Waited till the colony created some queen cells and did three 5 frame splits. I checked today and all the splits have queens. One looks like I'm used to, long and fat. The others are not...
  4. Bee Forum
    Here is a link to a VERY pic heavy album of my inspection 2 days following a swarm that I wasn't able to capture. There is NO open brood and although my husband didn't grab a pic of it I believe there is still a capped swarm cell in the hive. I am feeling REALLY out of my depth as a second year...
  5. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I caught a small swarm yesterday. I am assuming it has a virgin queen or no queen at all. The size of the swarm was about 1/3 of a pkg. Should I let this swarm try to make it on their own or try to combine it with a recent split to boost their numbers? Any advive is appreciated.
  6. Bee Forum
    I am getting ready to make a split using frames from two relatively strong hives using a purchased queen, most likely a Carniolan hybrid. What I have been thinking about is to use a mated or virgin queen? I can think of pluses and minuses for both and would like to hear your thoughts, here...
  7. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I vaguely remember reading something about new queens getting stuck in a hive due to bad weather, and then start laying drones. I can't remember the source though. I had a situation where I had a new queen I thought was mated from one of my mating nucs, and I put her in a cage and then put her...
  8. Bee Forum
    Comparing Alternative Methods for Holding Virgin Honey Bee Queens for One Week in Mailing Cages before Mating To determine survival of newly-emerged virgin honey bee queens every day for seven days in an experiment that simultaneously investigated three factors: queen cage type (wooden...
  9. Welcome Forum
    I am a newbie bee keeper and I am hoping you can help me. A month ago my purchased hive appeared to be doing great. Unfortunately, I used a bee keeping video and did not take bee keeping classes. As a result of the poor example given in my video, I failed to recognize and squash queen cells...
  10. Bee Forum
    So I made a split 10 days ago and wasn't expecting the queen cells they made to hatch and was going to cut out the extra cells. To my surprise, I saw one virgin queen running around the frames and one queens head popping out. The new virgin queen had already killed 11 other queen cells. I saw...
  11. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Well im currently on swarm patrol with my hive. I opened it up today and saw brood multiple frames but not nearly as many as two weeks ago. I also did not see any eggs or my normal queen. Im pretty sure one of the bees i saw was an emergency virgin queen. She was significantly smaller than my...
  12. Bee Forum
    I have been putting virgin queen into a few of our hive, and have had poor success rate 20% or less. I get them in cages and with candy and let them be released by the hive. After 2 weeks I have a little peek and nothing... We have a good amount of drones in the area and I have a large...
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