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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Queens piping
« Last post by Linda M. on March 21, 2017, 10:20:25 PM »
Hi Jim,
 When you make up your nucs, do you just add the piping queen(s) as you make the nucs up, or do you have to wait a little while until they realize they're queenless and then add the queen?
  Thanks!
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Winter Pack Down
« Last post by Beenic on March 21, 2017, 10:12:43 PM »
Hi All - as a relatively new hobbyist beekeeper with only 2 hives at the moment, I have what I hope isn't a question that has those of you experienced beekeepers rolling your eyes !  As I understand it, traditionally you'd pack down a hive for winter in March or April?  With the weather in Melbourne being varied at best, without relying on the weather, what am I looking for in my hives that may tell me it's time to consider packing my hives down for winter.  Apologies if there is a really obvious answer.  Would love your feedback / suggestions.  Thanks -  :happy:
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Queens piping
« Last post by Rurification on March 21, 2017, 08:58:58 PM »
Good luck!    I love hearing queens piping.
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Made good progress on Sunday. They hold 32 frames. Still have quite a few things to do:

Drill entrance(s)
Finish roof(s)
Design and complete oxalic acid treatment access
Follower board(s)
Cosmetics
Probably more










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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Swarm.
« Last post by Sniper338 on March 21, 2017, 08:29:11 PM »
I still havent seen a swarm yet..
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Queens piping
« Last post by sawdstmakr on March 21, 2017, 07:23:59 PM »
I put my ear to all of my hives this evening. Hive #3 has queens piping. Tomorrow I will take that hive apart, remove all of the queens I can find, mark them, put one back and make some nucs.
With some luck I will have a few more hives.
Jim
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Swarm.
« Last post by sawdstmakr on March 21, 2017, 07:18:40 PM »
I hope you have the nine frames evenly spaced. If they are all tight to one side, the first comb drawn will be in the empty space.
Wally,
I meant to say 1 drawn old comb and 19 foundationless frames. I usually have 1 old drawn comb in my traps. Thanks. I had 3 phone call interruptions while trying to post that.
Jim
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Change in Bee Behavior
« Last post by bwallace23350 on March 21, 2017, 05:55:18 PM »
Thanks. Now they are just making honey now hard and fast. We are still approaching peak clover but it is popping up more and more each day.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Drones flying
« Last post by Rurification on March 21, 2017, 05:29:09 PM »
Cao, you totally called it.   I am so glad you said something.

I inspected today and found drones in 2 hives, tons of drone comb in another hive.  No queen cells yet. 

The hive with nothing but drone comb seems to be queenless, so I borrowed a frame of brood from another hive and a frame of eggs from a 3rd.  I left them at one box. 

Fed everyone syrup and put supers on the hives with queens.   

Here's to a year of lots of honey. 
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Yep, in Canastota (and probably all around there).  It was good times.
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