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 on: Today at 01:11:19 AM 
Started by HRDWRK - Last post by drlonzo
Welcome to the forum!  May your learning curve be shallow and your quest for knowledge about beekeeping be deep!  We are all ready to help anyone that wants help.  Plenty of knowledge here but always remember that your local beekeeping club is a very valuable source too.  And as Joe D says, good luck waiting for the bees till next year since  you already have the bug..  Very addicting hobby keeping bees.. Smiley

 on: Today at 01:02:37 AM 
Started by ricky_arthur - Last post by drlonzo
Ok if i'm reading the post correctly here the hive after you cut it out was found to have a couple capped and a couple uncapped queen cells.  This would mean that they were actually prepping for a swarm when you did the cut out as day 9 the queen cells get capped.  So going with that thought, were there still the same number of bees in the hive as was there when you did the cut out?

If so, what's happened is the Queen has tore down the cells due to having plenty of room in the hive for expansion. 

If not, you have a problem as there was NOT enough time for a queen to be raised.  Check for eggs at this point.  If no eggs you have no queen.

 on: Today at 12:21:17 AM 
Started by GSF - Last post by ScituateMA
I have lost only one hive since I started beekeeping . Highest colony number I had is 35 hives.
I have 5 now and all survived

 on: Today at 12:14:48 AM 
Started by ricky_arthur - Last post by ricky_arthur
I did a tree cut out 2 weeks ago.  Very gentle, local, survivor bees and what I hoped to base the genetics of my apiary from.  One week ago (which was 7 days after cut out) they had 2 capped and 2 uncapped queen cells.  I peaked in 2 days ago and all the queen cells are gone.  Like they never were.  Is it possible the virgin queen already hatched and they removed the cells?  My gut feeling is they did not raise a queen.

I am going to wait till tuesday (I leave for a week the next day) then look for the queen.   If she is there, fine.  all is good. but if not I have some options.

Option 1.  I have a friend with a hive of local survivor bees about a mile from me.  Her hive was split last week.  I talked to her and she said I could look in on tuesday and see how many queen cells the split has made.  If there are extra I could take either a cell or possibly a frame and put them into my hive.

Option 2 if there are no extra cells in the split I might buy a frame of eggs larvae and let my hive try again to raise a queen.

option 3  I have 2 nucs scheduled for delivery on sat the 26th.  Since I am gone that week a local beek is picking up my nucs and installing them for me.  I could simply combine the nuc with the queenless colony.  But with this option I lose the ability to keep the genetics I want.

What would you recommend?  I have to have this sorted before I leave for a month on May 4th.   Any suggested are appreciated. 

 on: Today at 12:12:09 AM 
Started by 10framer - Last post by Joe D
Yeap, that was cool.  and you  have a bunch of new queens.


 on: Today at 12:03:41 AM 
Started by tireman - Last post by sawdstmakr
There is a good chance this is a site the bees were seriously looking at and because of darkness they decided to wait until morning to return. It is not uncommon for bees to spend the night out in the field due to darkness. Only a problem if the temps drop low enough to kill them.

 on: Today at 12:03:24 AM 
Started by HRDWRK - Last post by Joe D
Welcome to the forum, and good luck.  You may not bee able to hold out that long on getting bees since you have the bug.


 on: April 20, 2014, 11:54:32 PM 
Started by GSF - Last post by sawdstmakr
Sounds about right. I have one question. Was there drone brood in worker cells. I suspect so. A queen should not be laying any brood in worker cells. How strong is this hive? If it is starting to get weak, you may want to get a new nuc. My first nuc failed, the queen had defective wing virus,  the supplier provided a working hive as a replacement. Produced a lot of honey that year.

 on: April 20, 2014, 11:23:34 PM 
Started by 10framer - Last post by sawdstmakr
That is something. Thanks for sharing.

 on: April 20, 2014, 10:32:59 PM 
Started by 10framer - Last post by drlonzo
You're very correct here.  VERY cool indeed.  Getting to watch something like that doesn't happen very often at all.

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