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 on: Today at 03:11:13 PM 
Started by Spear - Last post by Spear
Now this (for me) really strange: Took a peek a the suspected laying worker hive to see if the new queen I gave them was ok. Didn't find her but did find some capped brood - worker - and a few queen cells. There was also a fare amount of drone brood still and what looked like more than 1 lava in a few cells. I'm hoping that this a sign that the problem is a drone laying queen and the girls have taken matters into their claws and will have it fixed before to long.

 on: Today at 03:02:39 PM 
Started by Spear - Last post by Spear
I didn't see it for myself but my mother phoned me today and told me that the bees had gone crazy! There were millions of bees in the air flying around near the hives. My 1st thought was SWARM! but then she say that they were not flying away just gathering around then going back into one of the hives. The other hives were normal activity. She snapped a few photos of the chaos. Could it of been a 'swarm drill' as my son calls it or was it the escort for a queen mating flight?  huh

 on: Today at 02:35:18 PM 
Started by ugcheleuce - Last post by Joe D
Most beek say to have full sun, I have mine under a roof.  The place I did have mine had a roof, and  concrete slab for a floor with cyclone  fence around it.  I would put plastic on the west and north sides in the winter.  I have moved them to a deck, floor is about 30 inches high with a roof, and a wall on the north side.  They do get sun, but are out of the weather.  I have had some SHB but very little.  So far this year I have checked my hives (5) twice, and have seen 2 beetles.  Just how I do it.  Good luck


 on: Today at 02:12:00 PM 
Started by vmmartin - Last post by hjon71
Evolution is change. That can occur naturally over time or we can speed things up or change the way it proceeds.

 on: Today at 01:43:31 PM 
Started by edric - Last post by mikecva
I do not use smoke when transferring frames of a nuc to a brood box, I do spray with 1:1. I do it in the evening and I go smooth but fast. Then I top feed until the 1st, then 2nd then last brood box is full (I run 3 mediums for brood.)  -Mike

 on: Today at 01:34:40 PM 
Started by rober - Last post by rober
these were mated queens from a reliable breeder introduced to established hives on drawn comb. they were replacement queens for 3 hives & a nuc. the queen in the nuc was a used 1 year old queen & was the 1st one out. she's laying some but not a lot. in one hive I found queen cells a few days after introducing the caged queen & as per iddee's advice I removed those cells & put a marshmallow in the candy hole to keep the queen caged an few more days. when I checked 2 days ago the cage was empty & there was no brood in the top box. fearing she'd been killed I moved down to inspect the bottom box & found 3 frames of brood! in the next hive I did find the queen but there was no brood yet. the 3rd hive the queen was still caged so I removed the plug to release her. it's been 2 weeks since the cages were placed in the hives.

 on: Today at 01:13:49 PM 
Started by 10framer - Last post by D Semple
In my experience monster swarms are generally from two or more colonies and are the hardest to get to stay because they contain multiple laying queens and when you throw them both in the same hive one or both will abscond.

I always watch to see if great big swarms want to separate themselves into two or more groups and hive the separate groups 8' - 10' apart from each other. No harm really done if it turns out they are in fact only one swarm as the queenless group will re-join the other hive if that is the case.

Good luck to all.


 on: Today at 12:41:15 PM 
Started by evolved - Last post by sc-bee

If I go in there and all the cells are opened, how long should it be before I start seeing eggs?  And if I don't, is that the time to requeen? 

Hope you were able to decipher my post embarassed After others posted I realized you meant open as emerged open and not a queen cell that had not been capped yet.

 on: Today at 12:30:24 PM 
Started by rober - Last post by 10framer
in an established hive?  a few days after she's released most likely but if it took a week i wouldn't be worried.  much longer than that and i might think there was a problem.

 on: Today at 12:26:28 PM 
Started by 10framer - Last post by 10framer
jim, i was trying to scale it against the biggest ones i've ever seen.  i've hived some that i think went over 5 pounds and this looks bigger.

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