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Too late again!  To do what, I don't know,  and not really too "late", but got out there just as they were leaving the box. 

But not too late to try my lemongrass theory.  As they were filling the air more and more, I noticed they were starting to land on the pear tree, most likely the area I heard the previous swarm take off from.  They were starting to gather about six feet up on a thick branch.  That was not convenient for me.  The apple tree nearby would be better.  So, I started blowing across the lemongrass oil and noticed the flying swarm seemed to move closer to me.  I picked a branch I thought was convenient on the tree and rubbed lemongrass oil on it, and blew some more.  For awhile, I thought they were going to cluster on my hands!  I thought maybe I should have some fear, standing in the midst of thousands of stinging insects, but instead, that was great fun!  Bees were landing on my hands, my glasses, and I had no fear.

I rubbed some more oil on the apple tree, blew some more, but noticed there was a cluster starting on the pear tree.  That wasn't good.  So I went up and vigorously shook the tree, blew on the bees to dislodge them, and went back to the apple tree to blow more across the oil.  Shook the tree some more, and had the thought occur to me that that may not be the wisest thing to do.  Maybe my imagination, but a bee seemed to show more than a little curiosity to my face.  I walked over to the apple tree, and after awhile went back and shook the pear tree again.  This time, I'm pretty sure a bee was trying to tell me, 'Didn't we tell you that was enough?'.  It flew quite a bit in front of my face, followed me a ways, was in my face again, followed me another 50 ft. where I weaved between the trees, and then found me again.  Ok, enough fun, I decided.

Anyway, after I felt safe enough to venture back to the apple tree, there they were on the branch I picked out for them.  Every once in awhile, a bee seemed to fly near me, but not aggressively. 

So leaving multiple queen cells in each group did not prove a good thing this time.  There are others in the other box.  What advice should I do now if there are still multiple cells in the boxes?
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: More Questions
« Last post by Hops Brewster on June 21, 2017, 11:12:48 AM »
1- personal preference.  Some swear by it.
2- Not unless you want the practice.  eggs and brood are usually good enough.
3-personal preference.  Certainly makes it easier to find her when you need to.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / More Questions
« Last post by JasonC on June 21, 2017, 10:58:06 AM »
As I watch and read more and more I am seeing things I wonder if I should be doing.

1. top entrance. Yes or No if yes should be top brood box or medium?
2. should I be searching for Queen every time I open the hive or is seeing eggs be enough.
3. marking the queen yes or no

As always thanks in advance the help here is amazing.
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I'm following what you are saying.....I think.  At this point the hive wouldn't be large enough to handle a split.

Should I go in and destroy all the queen cells but one?
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: First poop
« Last post by AR Beekeeper on June 21, 2017, 10:25:39 AM »
The bee makes it's first flight to poop and a limited orientation flight at six days after emergence.
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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: Manchester Atrocity
« Last post by Acebird on June 21, 2017, 10:17:53 AM »
>Don`t forget the slaves...

In the south only 25% of people had any slaves at all.  In the north it was lower.  Most of the pioneers had none.  Very few had some.  By the time of the homestead act the 13th Amendment had passed.

In many cases the wives they had were considered slaves and couldn't vote.  Slavery and ownership of a human being goes back to the beginning of the bible.
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NATURAL & ORGANIC BEEKEEPING METHODS / Re: Foundationless Hive
« Last post by Michael Bush on June 21, 2017, 10:09:30 AM »
Right now the bees are drawing fins and parallel half combs on my plastic foundation and perfect combs in my foundationless frames...  I think I'm going to have to coat the plastic...
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: queen cell questions
« Last post by Michael Bush on June 21, 2017, 10:07:14 AM »
> Correct me if I am wrong, but 16 days for a queen to emerge from queen cell, plus or minus 1 day.

If it's capped then you are down to 8 days + or - one day.

> Is this from the day eggs  was laid

Yes.

> or from when capped?

No.

>Trying to estimate when it should hatch out.   Also doesn't it change coloring when getting close to hatching?

The bees remove the wax on the tip of the cell and the cocoon will be showing at the tip at about day 13 (from the egg) or 3 days from when it will emerge.  If you see that you are within 3 days of emergence and possibly less.  Two weeks after that you should see some eggs usually.  Three weeks after that if you don't see eggs she's gone or is going to be a drone layer.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Botulism and honey
« Last post by Michael Bush on June 21, 2017, 10:04:01 AM »
The original number was children under 6 months.  Then the pediatricians to "be safe" made it under 1.  Then the parents to be safe made it under 2...  Inflation...
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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: Manchester Atrocity
« Last post by Michael Bush on June 21, 2017, 10:00:17 AM »
>Don`t forget the slaves...

In the south only 25% of people had any slaves at all.  In the north it was lower.  Most of the pioneers had none.  Very few had some.  By the time of the homestead act the 13th Amendment had passed.
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