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« on: October 11, 2011, 10:27:25 AM »

Hello!

I live in Meigs County, TN, about half-way between Chattanooga and Knoxville, on the eastern shore of Watts Bar Lake.

Around the middle of August, a coworker told me that he had too many bees, and that if I would get a hive, he'd give me some bees to start my own colony. So I got a deep and some frames and a top and went to his place. I gave him five new frames, and he gave me five of his "active" frames. He told me they'd make a queen and that it would be ok. Got them home ok and all seems well. I've been feeding them with a hive top feeder. I started out feeding 1 to 1 but have since upped it to two to one. They are going through about 3 gallons a week.

I tried to read a lot about this before getting the bees, but sometimes the material doesn't really click until you have the bees in hand and actually see what is going on. I know it's late in the season for some of this, but I really hope I can get them in good enough shape to make it through the winter. If nothing else, at least I am getting some experience this fall so hopefully I'll be more prepared next spring.

Greg Whitehead
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PS: The screen name comes from only having dialup internet access. Most days it's 26.4 kbs. So it's a great day if it's 28.8.
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2011, 10:34:18 AM »

Hello. Your just a few counties over from me-welcome to the site. Have you done a check on your hive to see if you do have a queen and of so is she laying good? Also, when you get a chance change your location in your profile-there are several Tn Keeps on here to help you out.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2011, 10:47:51 AM »

Hello. Your just a few counties over from me-welcome to the site. Have you done a check on your hive to see if you do have a queen and of so is she laying good? Also, when you get a chance change your location in your profile-there are several Tn Keeps on here to help you out.

I did a mite count with the sticky board this past weekend and that looked very good.  I was in the hive yesterday and they look well and happy.  The bees were returning to the hive loaded down with goldenrod pollen.  Smiley

The problem I found was that a laden 10-frame deep is HEAVY.    I will be going to 8-frame mediums next year. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2011, 11:29:05 AM »

PS: The screen name comes from only having dial-up internet access. Most days it's 26.4 kbs. So it's a great day if it's 28.8.
26.4 KBS, OUCH. I am amazed you can even operate at those speeds. Sorry to hear that. Good luck with your bees.
Jim
P.S I won't tell you what I'm operating at, I don't want to make it worse for you.  grin
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2011, 12:19:55 PM »

Hello. Your just a few counties over from me-welcome to the site. Have you done a check on your hive to see if you do have a queen and of so is she laying good? Also, when you get a chance change your location in your profile-there are several Tn Keeps on here to help you out.

I did a mite count with the sticky board this past weekend and that looked very good.  I was in the hive yesterday and they look well and happy.  The bees were returning to the hive loaded down with goldenrod pollen.  Smiley

The problem I found was that a laden 10-frame deep is HEAVY.    I will be going to 8-frame mediums next year. 

A 5 frame queenless nuc made in mid August shouldnt have a high mite load with the brood break. After re-reading your post, are you still feeding 3 gallons a week? I cant imagine a 5 frame queenless nuc needing that much syrup. Your hive was queenless for at least 15 days, a few days to mate, and then another 21 days for her brood to hatch. Just make sure that your hive isnt honey bound and really make sure that you have a laying queen. Meanwhile, read, read and read some more and enjoy!
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2011, 12:22:19 PM »

Sounds like you are feeding someone Else's apiary.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2011, 01:11:42 PM »


A 5 frame queenless nuc made in mid August shouldnt have a high mite load with the brood break. After re-reading your post, are you still feeding 3 gallons a week? I cant imagine a 5 frame queenless nuc needing that much syrup. Your hive was queenless for at least 15 days, a few days to mate, and then another 21 days for her brood to hatch. Just make sure that your hive isnt honey bound and really make sure that you have a laying queen. Meanwhile, read, read and read some more and enjoy!

Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear.  I got 5 frames of bees and put them into a 10-frame deep.  I now have a second deep on top of that and they're working on those frames now.

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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2011, 07:04:46 PM »

It seems pretty unlikely that a few frames of queen-less bees would even still be around, let alone engulfing that much sugar syrup without a laying queen & exploding population!  Good job getting started.  Take off running.
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2011, 07:14:16 PM »

Be sure to remove empty boxes and frames when the cold sets in.A small cluster need np extra room for heat loss.
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2011, 08:36:59 PM »

Welcome to the site!
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