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« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2010, 07:46:38 PM »

I'm glad you said that.  When I inspected them on Saturday, I noticed that there was about 3/4 of a deep worth of bees.  I think I'll crunch them into one deep and see how they do.  I did reduce the entrance to keep robbing down.  I'll keep you posted and thanks for all of the insight.  

I know it's a learning experience, but I'd rather just read about some other person's problems Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2010, 11:56:11 PM »



I know it's a learning experience, but I'd rather just read about some other person's problems Smiley

Yea thats why we all hang out here so we can look at the post and think man at least someone has it worse than me. grin
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never take the top off a hive on a day that you wouldn't want the roof taken off your house
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« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2010, 10:36:23 AM »

I worked this hive again this weekend, and reduced it to one deep.  Things seem to have stabilized.  Not sure if it is my feeding that helped, a flow that is occurring, or just they worked things out on their own.  No dead bees in the bottom this time, and seems to have quite a bit of larvae, so I'm holding out hope that they will really kick it in gear now. 

I guess when they get the bottom deep about 70-80% full, I should add the 2nd deep on again?

I'll keep you all posted on this in the future.  Thanks for all of the good info.
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« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2010, 11:49:57 AM »

Inspected the hive again this weekend.  No dead bees again.  Some pollen and quite a bit of honey stores.  Have quite a bit of brood in various stages.  Bee population is pretty low though.  There is probably only 3-4 frames of bees.  I have reduced this hive down to a single deep and put an entrance reducer on.  I found a capped queen cell too?Huh?

Is this hive going to swarm?  Should I do a split with my other hive which is very strong?  I'm wondering about pulling the queen out of this hive, a frame of brood out of my strong hive and a couple of frames of bees from the strong hive as well?

I'm worried that this hive is so small, and it's going to swarm.    Help!
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