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 on: May 10, 2016, 02:36:13 PM 
Started by Grizz - Last post by Grizz
When would be the best time to make a split?

 on: May 12, 2014, 08:19:25 AM 
Started by gtrr4 - Last post by gtrr4
I will be receiving new Nucs this Saturday and plan on putting them in my deadouts from this past winter.
Any suggestions on frame locaiton?  I have 8 frame hives, I am thinking the Nucs 5 frames in the center, put 2 frames of Honey from deadouts on the outside.  What about frame # 8?  Do I put a second super on immediately?  If yes what should I place in there in the way of frames?  What combination of Honey, drawn comb vs non drawn comb?  With using the frames from the deadouts, will I be able to do any splits this year?


 on: May 12, 2014, 08:13:34 AM 
Started by Gary Hess - Last post by gtrr4

 on: April 12, 2014, 08:30:03 PM 
Started by Wiley.7 - Last post by Wiley.7
I had 3 of 3 colonies make it through winter and today I did my first frame inspections since November. One colony is strong, one is weak, but it is the third I need help with.

This third hive has two 10-frame deeps. The top deep is 60% capped honey, 10% pollen/bread, and 30% empty cells. The bottom deep is 20% honey, 10% pollen/bread, and 70% empty cells. I found no eggs, no larvae, and only a dozen or so sealed brood (some of those were emerging while I watched), Both deeps were full of bees. Every frame was 50-90% covered by workers. Foragers were actively bringing in pollen as well, have been for at least a week.

I did not see a queen, but its not unusual for me to miss her during inspections. I saw 4 oddly-shaped (deep, horizontal, and irregular) queen cups (not queen cells) in the center of 1 frame. All were empty. The workers did not seem loud or agitated, as I've been told they get when queen-less.
So what happened? Did the queen die suddenly and couldn't be replaced? Could she have been replaced and the new queen isn't laying yet? On the slim chance they replaced the queen, how long would a new queen take to mate and start laying? Since the dozen brood I saw were emerging, I'm guessing the last eggs the over-wintered queen laid were about 3 weeks ago.

I stole 2 frames with eggs from my strong hive and put them into the third hive. I'm hoping that if the third hive is queen-less, they will use the eggs to make emergency queens. If it has a queen, the eggs will help mitigate lost production.

Any thoughts?

 on: March 25, 2014, 08:04:21 PM 
Started by caveman - Last post by caveman
I had a 15% average loss this winter.
Higher in Ohio and less in Tennessee. 
What are you seeing in your bee yards?

 on: March 25, 2014, 07:55:00 PM 
Started by Pete Hanson - Last post by caveman
Hello Pete,

I don't know if you have found a solution yet.  I am waiting on bearings for a Dadant 20 frame extractor.  As soon as I get it fixed, you are welcome to use it.  All it would cost you is two good cleanings.  One before use and one after.  Let me know if you are still interested. 

 on: March 25, 2014, 07:52:03 PM 
Started by caveman - Last post by caveman
As some of you already know, I have two apiaries.  One in here in Ohio and one in middle Tennessee.  I am excited!  I have just returned from TN and have been given 3 colonies that have survived down there, untouched for at least 7 - 8 years. The beekeeper died 2 years ago at the age of 95, his wife verified that they had not been opened in at least 7 years.  As you can imagine, the wooden ware is in bad shape.  I plan to transfer them into new hives next week, then relocate them to my TN apiary in May. 

You can bet that I am going to put in some frames of "drone comb" in an attempt to spread those good genetics around to my other colonies in the area.  I can't wait to see what the mite count looks like in those colonies.  I'll keep everyone posted.

 on: March 25, 2014, 07:40:33 PM 
Started by Wiley.7 - Last post by caveman
Jason,  Wait until it is warmer. My rule of thumb for years has been if the top one is heavier than the bottom, then I reverse them.  But be sure and wait until it is warm enough.  Often this time is year is tough, because the queen has ramped up laying, but not enough nurse bees to tend to all the brood.  A cold spell can chill part of this unprotected brood and cause population loss.  I am going to start overwintering in 3 deeps, so that may change the way I feel about brood chamber manipulation.  Time will tell.

Good luck with the hive that made it!  If you have useable resources left from the one(s) that didn't survive, you could plan to do a split and be back to two or even three colonies in late Spring. 

 on: March 19, 2014, 03:47:25 AM 
Started by Wiley.7 - Last post by gtrr4
That time of year to be thinking of reversing the brood box (for the one colony that did survive)  I have read that once the Maple tres start to bloom (budding right now) is a good time to do so.  However I do not know if this should happen as we still have some cool nights below freezing ahead of us.  Suggestions anyone?


 on: March 14, 2014, 08:56:28 AM 
Started by jyackenovich - Last post by Gary Hess
This has been a tough winter.  I am currently well over 50% loss myself.  Hoping for some nice spring weather to make brood build up and splits earlier than later this summer.

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