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Offline sawdstmakr

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Re: When is it too late to re Queen
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2013, 10:49:39 PM »
Carol,
I have been checking the OB every day. I have seen 2 different queens now. The first in was a tiger stripe. Now I am seeing a large golden with a dark tip on the abdomen. The last 2 times she has been on capped honey frames with no royal court and she quickly hides after I remove the cover. The hive is still very full. I have no visible eggs and no hot spots in the brood like there is when there is brooding the hive. I need to remove 3 or 4 capped frames to give them space to work but I will not touch this hive until she is well established.
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Re: When is it too late to re Queen
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2013, 11:10:56 PM »
OK. I was just going by the pics. If one of the 2 in Ga. is fatbeeman, he is treatment free.If not, you may want to contact him.

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Re: When is it too late to re Queen
« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2013, 08:32:39 AM »
Carpenter Apaires is treatment free, been so for a long time.

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Re: When is it too late to re Queen
« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2013, 12:40:46 PM »
Sent them both emails....hope I don't need one but it's nice to know they are still available.

Iddee:   must be nice to know you have a Queen. Mated? 

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Re: When is it too late to re Queen
« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2013, 01:23:59 PM »
sawdstmakr :    anything going on in the OB?   eggs? 

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Re: When is it too late to re Queen
« Reply #25 on: August 27, 2013, 11:23:12 PM »
sawdstmakr :    anything going on in the OB?   eggs?  

Yes,
For the last couple of days we have been seeing the queen laying eggs one after another. I saw one 6 day old larvae 2 days ago. Probably the first egg that she laid. Now I can see royal jelly and 3-5 day old larvae all over the deep frames. It is very hard to see the eggs. I have looked at cells right after the queen leaves a cell and cannot see them even with a bright flashlight. The bees have moved all of the honey off of the brood frames except for around the top corners. There is 2 to 3" of pollen across the top and just below the honey in the corners on both deep frames.
Jim
« Last Edit: August 27, 2013, 11:38:35 PM by sawdstmakr »
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Re: When is it too late to re Queen
« Reply #26 on: August 27, 2013, 11:49:10 PM »
Here are a few pictures.they were all taken in the vertices position and show up that way in the photo gallery. I do not know how to turn them. If some one knows how to do it please let me know.










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Re: When is it too late to re Queen
« Reply #27 on: August 28, 2013, 07:08:50 AM »
Here are a few pictures.they were all taken in the vertices position and show up that way in the photo gallery. I do not know how to turn them. If some one knows how to do it please let me know


I usually rotate them with the camera software or microsoft photo editor before saving and posting.
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Re: When is it too late to re Queen
« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2013, 12:22:42 PM »
Sooooo jealous....would love to have that by my chair.

You still havn't taken any more honey have you?

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Re: When is it too late to re Queen
« Reply #29 on: August 28, 2013, 09:38:49 PM »
Sooooo jealous....would love to have that by my chair.

You still haven't taken any more honey have you?

Carol,
Thanks. No I have not. The queen has not had a chance to prove she is a good queen yet. If I do open it up right now the bees may take it out on the Q. When it is full of brood and brood pheromone, I think it will be safe to open it up and remove the honey. I plan on pulling it this Friday. We and pulling honey from the rest of the hives on Saturday.
4 years ago I told my wife that I would like to have a observation hive. She bought me bee books for my birthday and I was hooked. The first thing I learned (from reading) was you needed full hives to keep an ob hive. I have only had to add one queen after the first one swarmed and none of queen cells survived.
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Re: When is it too late to re Queen
« Reply #30 on: August 28, 2013, 09:50:00 PM »
Maybe a few pictures then?  You can rotate them on the computer before posting. If you use Windows Photo Gallery there is a "fix" button and curved arrows so you can rotate them either direction.