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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2013, 04:22:46 PM »



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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2013, 04:26:07 PM »
You have to look inside to answer your swarm question.   A beard on the front is pretty normal this time of the year

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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2013, 04:27:49 PM »
No seems like swarming.

 Read the seems of fever swarm, and loock inside for queen cell.

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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2013, 05:32:07 PM »
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Surely they swarm if you do not put to them more boxes.
To beard hive to super more and quickly. Quite  much foundations too.

To another hive too in time. Don't wait bearding.

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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2013, 10:56:56 PM »
Thanks Finski, tomorrow morning they will be getting a new super added.

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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2013, 02:19:03 AM »
in your region you are still in the swarm season. check your hive for qween cells. if you have them do your splits now. don't wait or your lose half the hive and then you may have moth problems.

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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2013, 09:25:26 AM »
without looking inside you don't know if they are crowded or just hot.    I had at least 20 colonies that looked similar yesterday. Many needed another super but not all.   Look inside and if it is packed with bee's give them another super or at least swap out some frames.  Swarm season is slowing down up here but not over and our major nectar flow is not here yet

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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2013, 11:13:17 AM »
Danno what is the next major nectar flow up by you?

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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2013, 08:04:06 PM »
Danno what is the next major nectar flow up by you?
It will be star thistle or spotted nap weed a evasive and a blessing to Midwest bee's

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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2013, 08:50:28 AM »
i mean invasive.  i do that every time.  right now milkweed and sumac are big.  If the weather is right thistle fills supers really fast.   After that is goldenrod and aster.  I always pull supers when I start to see alot of goldenrod.  Just cant handle the smell of goldenrod and aster crystalizes way to fast  This gives them a good month to collect it for winter stores.   

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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2013, 12:17:14 AM »
That's for the info Danno. we have all that here, thistle is blooming now as well as milk weed sumac is just about done.

Finski, they were honey bound to the max!  Took their honey from them gave empty box to refill

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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2013, 04:43:02 PM »
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Star thistle is different from the many native varieties like Canadian thistle.   It should not be blooming yet however I saw some today.   

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Re: Does this look ok? or do you think they are about to swarm?
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2013, 03:35:20 PM »
This same hive had a large frame super put on it about two weeks ago. After that the bees were happy and returned to the inside. About a week later the bees were back bearding on the outside. Yesterday I checked the hives to harvest honey, they had completely filled and capped the entire super.

My other hives which also showed bearding on the outside were checked and they too were found to have honey ready for harvesting.