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« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2006, 01:16:02 AM »
I went into the hive very early this morning so I could get an idea of how many bees were in that hive. There were more than I had thought. I still could not find a queen or eggs, only capped brood. There are still several swarm or superseder cells so I just decided to let them do their thing. I closed everything back up and will just watch and see what they do. If nothing else, it will be educational...
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« Reply #21 on: May 30, 2006, 02:03:36 AM »
OK, don't wait any more. Join it to another hive or bye laying queen. It is not worth to wait own queens.

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« Reply #22 on: May 31, 2006, 01:07:00 PM »
I vote for the educational. You'll learn more by this than you would otherwise in a month of Sundays. However, use this one hive as the experiment, omit any test tubes. But take detailed notes and pictures that you can refer back to. However, remember this, this colony may not build up to full strength by fall. If say by September they are still low in number, consider combining at that time. And check your CMOS battery.

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« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2006, 09:40:35 PM »
Hello Honeybeekeeper and welcome to Beemaster... :D

I think I am going to just watch and learn....

By the way... CMOS batteries on old motherboards are the same battery I use in my crossbow red dot scope...  Too funny... huh?
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« Reply #24 on: June 01, 2006, 12:03:35 AM »
I agree with Finsky-- combine the poor hive with another.Most times the cheapest losses are your first losses. You can try to requeen but from my experience the combo works much better. The newspaper method has always been a winner with me.
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« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2006, 12:23:35 AM »
update.....   lots of bees, some capped brood...no queen....no eggs..

OK..I should requeen or combine hives but i'm not going to. i put in a frame with new eggs from another hive to see what they will do. This is a learning year for me so I will see what I can learn....

I will keep everyone posted...

Anyone got any guesses as to what will happen?
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« Reply #26 on: June 04, 2006, 10:47:27 AM »
I'm going in on Monday to see if the new superseded queen in Hive 2 (from a package installed April 29) is laying yet. If she's not then I'm going to start thinking about combining 1 (which is doing great) and 2.

My question is when you combine you obviously go in to Hive 2, find the qeeen and destroy her, right?

If I do this, then in a few more weeks it will be time to add a super.

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« Reply #27 on: June 04, 2006, 10:50:50 AM »
If you don't get supercedure cells this time around (assuming there were eggs or very early larva) I would just combine it.  I mean: no eggs, no brood, and they're not trying to raise in new queen they need their heads examined.  It would be fruitless to continue on.
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« Reply #28 on: June 04, 2006, 11:01:08 AM »
He nods his head in anticipated glee. "We are creating life!" he screams over the thunder. "Igor, throw the switch and let's bring this new queen to life!" "Maybe she won't suck like the last two! bahahahahaha"
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« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2006, 12:15:17 AM »
I broke down and combined the hives...All is well now...
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