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I too am sorry to hear about Bill @ Honeymoon Apiaries. I a m 55, so it really makes you think. I have a question.I just put on two deeps on two different hives, one from a split & one from a swarm. The swarm hive does not have a sbb and they were bearding heavy. I just wondered if the queen ever goes out to cool off?
 

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I don't think I have ever heard of it.
From what I know there are three time you will find a queen outside the hive - mating flight, swarming, dead.
I haven't a lot of experience so maybe I am wrong.

Mike
 

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they dont like light-thats why many are hard to spot,they hide from the light by running. good luck,mike
 

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they dont like light-thats why many are hard to spot,they hide from the light by running. good luck,mike
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This is getting off topic but if you have a frame of comb that they didn't draw straight out, they built comb attached to but in parallel with the frame look for your queen there. I try to put that frame as the first frame I remove as I'm doing an inspection, or scrape it off and make them redo it. They know their home as well as you know yours, and know where the best hiding places are.
 

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I feel that the bees on the out side this time of year are foragers.They are of age that they offer no help to the " house" hive. Let the yonger bees do their job. I'll go out on the porch.
 

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They are promoted up to what? Field bees.
I don't consider the ones that did the work welfare lol. If anything it was the youngsters that are the welfare.

So you get rid of one group of field bees to get another.
I can't see wanting to get rid of the field bees the hive has worked so hard to build - It isn't over yet, besides you'll just be wasting the hive's energy to fill their place.

Whatever - I was just putting it in the light Beaver was likening them to.

It is all opinion anyway.

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They are promoted up to what? Field bees.
I don't consider the ones that did the work welfare lol. If anything it was the youngsters that are the welfare.

So you get rid of one group of field bees to get another.
I can't see wanting to get rid of the field bees the hive has worked so hard to build - It isn't over yet, besides you'll just be wasting the hive's energy to fill their place.

Whatever - I was just putting it in the light Beaver was likening them to.

It is all opinion anyway.

Mike
Sorry Mike I didn't mean to offend you. I'm sure you know this but they don't live long enough to get a watch from the railroad, and I did say after the honey flow. Also the youth is always the future, they are insects not people. Just the way it is....
 
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