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Beekeeping show me your bees

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Jtcmedic, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Jul 4, 2019 at 7:41 PM
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    Nice we are in a dearth right now. Getting ready to pull honey and make splits hope to get 30 soon
     
  2. Jul 5, 2019 at 12:36 PM
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    Made some nuc boxes for fall splits21954FAF-BAEA-4281-B17E-8D14424D8954.jpg
     
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  3. Jul 5, 2019 at 12:53 PM
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    Me and my dad kept bees for about 15 yrs. We got rid of everything we had last yr. It got too much for both of us to take care of. He's 80 now and my kids are very busy with sports and other activities. We couldn't be as consistent as we needed 2 be. I absolutely loved bee keeping with him and I have memories that will last a lifetime. The most we had at 1 time was 8 hives.
     
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  4. Jul 5, 2019 at 5:12 PM
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    That is awesome I started so that me and my kids could enjoy it and now the wife has joined in.
     
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  5. Jul 9, 2019 at 10:38 AM
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    952FCECE-9BB3-4CBE-8646-EC394B1B965D.jpg More than last year time to split
     
  6. Jul 18, 2019 at 3:12 PM
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    Well made some splits to the yard 74C2321C-2C36-419B-9CF6-B272FD33A2F1.jpg
     
  7. Jul 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM
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  8. Jul 23, 2019 at 5:14 AM
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    Nice b’s you have there....











    (where did I go wrong with this.)
    What’s biggest tire with out a lift can I fit on my hive.
     
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  9. Aug 21, 2019 at 9:08 AM
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    Dropped a frame while I was inspecting the hive this weekend. :facepalm:

    Queen wasn't on it, and it was 90% capped honey/pollen, but it did squish a few of the girls when it landed and knocked most of the rest off (and pissed them off in good shape, too). Landed vertically, at least, and I caught it before it tipped over. I was holding it with one hand and scraping burr comb from the top of the frame with the other. Hive tool slipped, knocked my thumb, and I dropped it.

    So I ordered a frame hanger as soon as I finished my inspection
     
  10. Aug 21, 2019 at 10:09 AM
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    Been there and done that. 5 out of 8 splits I made made a queen.
     
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    Summer flow still going strong. About 80+lbs of honey currently on a handful of the colonies. We'll probably hit 100-120lbs per hive by October and end the harvest. Leave the rest for the girls till next year.
     
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  12. Aug 22, 2019 at 3:43 PM
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    Nice we are starting fall flow soon, so you guys run single brood boxes. I have started doing this in Fl so far been good for me
     
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    We’re running a single deep and a single shallow as our brood chamber. Previously we would run a single deep brood box but then would have to deal with 2-3 swarms per hive per year.
    As long as the queen has about 8 frames in the deep and 6-8 frames in the shallow available for laying, we found that the swarming decreased to maybe once a year (we actually prefer our colonies to swarm or requeen once a year).
     
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  14. Aug 22, 2019 at 5:51 PM
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    Sounds good I have been pseudo swarming my hives. Force brood breaks, also how I make my splits after summer solstice
     
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    so educate me...is there one queen per box? or is it per section?
     
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    It is one queen per colony (group of boxes). We keep her in the bottom two boxes via a queen excluder, which is a screen that is only big enough for the worker bees to pass through. This allows only the storage of honey on the upper boxes, reducing the risk of injury to the queen and the young bees.
     
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    In the news Cuckoo bee spotted in northern WI. Thought to be extinct until they were spotted in Canada in 2002.
     
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    Noelie84 What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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    So an unexpected development in the hive this week...
    I'm going to be gone for most of this weekend, so I did my hive invasion last night. I checked all of the usual brood frames, and couldn't find the queen (she's marked, so it doesn't take long to spot her). So I went through more carefully and reexamined them, and spotted this:

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    Did she lose her bright yellow tramp stamp? Does that happen? Or did my bees replace her? I haven't noticed any queen cells during my hive inspections, so unless they hid it under a honey frame somehow, and then removed the wax capsule once she hatched, I don't know where she came from. And I KNOW that they haven't swarmed; there's been no population reduction, and as you can see in the picture they're still building comb, so they haven't run out of space.
     
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  19. Aug 30, 2019 at 8:56 AM
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    Sometimes the supersede them and you get a new queen for spring laying after the summer solstice is a good thing, was there eggs
     
  20. Aug 30, 2019 at 8:59 AM
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    Noelie84 What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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    Yeah, there's been no interruption in the brood cycle; I had fresh eggs last week, along with curlers and capped ghost bees. This week I had fresh eggs, curlers, and ghosts. I'm stumped. :notsure:
     
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