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 on: Today at 05:32:16 AM 
Started by forrestcav - Last post by sawdstmakr
You can also checker board the brood box or the super.
Jim

 22 
 on: Today at 05:29:13 AM 
Started by rookie2531 - Last post by sawdstmakr
Rookie,
Normally I would say no they will not swarm at this time of the year but you have been feeding them and the bees think there is a good flow on. That changes the answer. If you have full hives I would stop feeding or at least reduce the their feeding by only giving them a few holes.
If they swarm, they will seriously weeken the hive for winter.
Jim


Jim, I did not feed them yesterday. I am hoping they won't swarm on me, because I plan on using some of those bees to strengthen my weak hive. How long after making queen cells do colonies swarm? (7-12 days?) I want to know so I go back in before that and possibly manage them, not to swarm. Open the brood, checkerboard and add another box. I'm not even sure they have queen cells though as I didn't look at any frames so it would be a guessing game.

Rookie,
Normally when bees cap the queen cells, the hive will swarm. Remember, queen cups are beeing made all the time, a queen cup becomes a queen cell when it has larva in it. Checker boarding is an excellent way of keeping them from swarming. The bees need need a place to build wax and the queen needs a place to lay eggs.
Look under the brood boxes for swarm cells.
Jim

 23 
 on: Today at 02:59:37 AM 
Started by rookie2531 - Last post by rookie2531
Rookie,
Normally I would say no they will not swarm at this time of the year but you have been feeding them and the bees think there is a good flow on. That changes the answer. If you have full hives I would stop feeding or at least reduce the their feeding by only giving them a few holes.
If they swarm, they will seriously weeken the hive for winter.
Jim


Jim, I did not feed them yesterday. I am hoping they won't swarm on me, because I plan on using some of those bees to strengthen my weak hive. How long after making queen cells do colonies swarm? (7-12 days?) I want to know so I go back in before that and possibly manage them, not to swarm. Open the brood, checkerboard and add another box. I'm not even sure they have queen cells though as I didn't look at any frames so it would be a guessing game.

 24 
 on: Today at 02:49:14 AM 
Started by laurabell - Last post by sawdstmakr
Try calling Debs Bee Supply in Jacksonville FL. Here is her web site: http://www.deb-bee.com/.
Her phone number is on it. She started up about 4 years ago and might bee able to help you get started.
If you haven't already, I wold call Mann Lake and Dadant and see if they are willing to work with you.
http://www.mannlakeltd.com/
http://www.dadant.com/
Also try

North American Bee Hive Company
5859 Stuart Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32254
 (904) 701-3852
Ask for Mike. I think they only sell wholesale.
Jim

 25 
 on: Today at 02:18:34 AM 
Started by ugcheleuce - Last post by sawdstmakr
The OP asked about pounding on the box to drive the bees out of the hive. That was a trick used by Langstroth (read "The Hive And The Honey Bee") to create an artificial swarm. Per his instruction, place a empty skep over the hive, seal up all entrances drum beat the bottom hive for 5 minutes. A swarm with the old queen will move into the top hive. This does not remove all of the bees from the original hive. Bees do not move off of brood very easily.
I was called to remove bees in a large branch that the tree trimmers had tried to burn the hive out after they had cut it open. They did not budge.
Best bet is to cut the comb into frame size pieces and rubber band them in place with thin robber bands. I place 3 on each end, place the comb and slide the rubber bands in place.
Jim

 26 
 on: Today at 01:36:32 AM 
Started by laurabell - Last post by laurabell
Hello,
I just got my license to sell bee supplies, am opening up a store. I am having a hard time finding supplies wholesale and I've called so many bee supply companies to ask where they get their supplies. I always get very vague responses or they say they dont sell wholesale. Does anyone here have a supply store that can help me get catalogues to order from. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks!
Laura   huh

 27 
 on: Today at 01:29:14 AM 
Started by forrestcav - Last post by biggraham610
I wouldnt consider it myself. Give them another box if you are concerned about space. G chop chop

 28 
 on: Today at 01:20:03 AM 
Started by durkie - Last post by biggraham610
sounds like small hive beetle larvae. I dont know an answer other than high bee numbers. Jim deals with them alot, hope he will chime in. Good Luck. G chop chop

 29 
 on: August 29, 2014, 11:35:22 PM 
Started by Diogenes - Last post by forrestcav
 lau

 30 
 on: August 29, 2014, 11:30:50 PM 
Started by forrestcav - Last post by forrestcav
I was wondering. I have one have that I started from a package this year and built up great. I wouldn't consider it till next summer. But they have drawn out the foundation great and when I open the cover they boil out and are bearding on the front. Just weighing options.
FYI they have a SBB.

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