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In Buff, NY when it was 60 during the day and 38'ish at night they are not going to use those new outside frames for brood.  Meanwhile nectar (feed) is coming in full force from the beekeeper.  I think they backfilled the broodnest and swarmed.  The OP thinks they swarmed.  The bees did not swarm if they did not backfill the broodnest so I conclude that they ran out of room.
If he had got them to expand up and break that barrier (deep to medium) the queen could still lay.  And yes I know it is a chimney but in warmer weather and a larger population they will fill out the sides without any problem.  I do not worry one I ota about empty side frames (especially in a 10 frame) in upstate NY in May.  I worry about population and it appears the hive had the population to support going up.  Maybe I am wrong.

I am sure when I get to FL it will be a whole lot different.  So much so I probably won't want bees.
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I have a frame lifter too but don't use it as much.  When you use the lifter it puts your hand in the center of the frame in a cupped shape and it seems the bees ping off the inside of the palm when I use it.  With out using it you fingers are on the end of the frame and leave a clear path for the bees to leave between the frames.  If I use it now it is only on the end frame to get that first one out then I pick from the ends by hand for the others.  If you wear heavy gloves then the gripper is a big advantage but it is slower.
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I have seen some monster size bumble bees and I was wondering if that was the case.
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""4/5 new frames now drawn) ""

Ace, they were not out of space. The pollen may have made them think so, but adding another box wouldn't help.
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Newbie
« Last post by ldeano on Today at 10:06:13 AM »
welcome, I always enjoy seeing a fellow Texan joining the group!
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Welcome to the forum!
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: AHB in South Carolina
« Last post by GSF on Today at 09:37:46 AM »
Those bees looked familiar..,
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Cigar or pipe smoke
« Last post by MT Bee Girl on Today at 09:26:33 AM »
I know the German pipe smoker you're talking about. That's not what I meant. They smoked a real pipe. All the time. And when they worked the bees, they'd puff a little and keep on going. Like you're
asking, acebird...
Has anyone tried a cigar or pipe smoke for a quick inspection. 
 

Why yes, my greatgranfathers worked their bees with a pipe. I've personally tried with just a cigar but that didn't work well with the veil. lol
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I have not used gloves for years and if I am to be stung it will be on the thumb and/or index finger as I am attempting to lift a frame. I have Parkinson's disease so I get somewhat shakey as I attempt to free the frame and this is usually when I get hit.

I have now bought a frame lifter, free each end with my hive tool and use the lifter to ease the frame from the box. Works a treat😀

Mick
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Scouts?
« Last post by Jason.roberson on Today at 09:21:50 AM »
No frames. I am new so I didn't think about it and didn't have any yet. I got my box together and will be putting them in tonight.


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