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  Topic: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
DurangoKid

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:35 pm   Subject: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
> Having said that -29C is bloody cold.

Indeed it is. It has not been that cold for at least 10 years - if not longer. Adding insult to injury there was no snow to provide insulation. The hiv ...
  Topic: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
DurangoKid

Replies: 5
Views: 7011

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:50 pm   Subject: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
Barbara,

To better set the context the colony was only eight months old. All the comb was drawn and filled by them so it, too, was only a few months old.

It was a large, hard working colony wit ...
  Topic: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
DurangoKid

Replies: 5
Views: 7011

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:08 pm   Subject: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
I had very robust colony which was killed off during a -29C cold snap in December. I plan to move a new queen and package into the hive in a few weeks (queen cells still being built). I intend to le ...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
DurangoKid

Replies: 18
Views: 17043

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:10 pm   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
It will likely work out nicely in the end. I have split in August before and it has worked out - although in hindsite I wouldn't recommend it. I typically have nectar flow from wildflowers until Oc ...
  Topic: Queen but no brood
DurangoKid

Replies: 7
Views: 8129

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:44 pm   Subject: Queen but no brood
I, too, wonder about the possibility of genetic failure. I've never seen anything like it before.

I like the option of recombining the two hives. I'll post an update after my inspection today.
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  Topic: Queen but no brood
DurangoKid

Replies: 7
Views: 8129

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:57 am   Subject: Queen but no brood
Thank you Barbara and AugustC. Here is the history in a nutshell.

I purchased two packages of Italians from a reputable beek Spring of 2015. By mid-July both hives (#11 and #12) were bursting at ...
  Topic: Queen but no brood
DurangoKid

Replies: 7
Views: 8129

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:12 am   Subject: Queen but no brood
I think UKip / Brexit stole my audience...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
DurangoKid

Replies: 18
Views: 17043

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:31 am   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
Cheers Rob,

Any news on how the two new(-ish) colonies are progressing?

dK
  Topic: Queen but no brood
DurangoKid

Replies: 7
Views: 8129

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:41 pm   Subject: Queen but no brood
Hello fellow travellers.

This spring I discovered that two of my hives had queens (I year olds based upon the ID color) but no brood. I immediately donated a frame of fresh brood from another hive ...
  Topic: Time to re-queen?
DurangoKid

Replies: 6
Views: 10071

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 2:11 pm   Subject: Time to re-queen?
I would be very surprised if they have not requeened themselves during that 2.5 years. Is the queen marked that you know for sure that she is the original one.

Hi Barbara,

Our colonies sound ve ...
  Topic: Time to re-queen?
DurangoKid

Replies: 6
Views: 10071

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 2:50 am   Subject: Time to re-queen?
Thank you Smorning. I value your advice and am leaning that direction myself.

I should have noted that I was not considering purchasing a queen. I am leary of commercially raised bees and queens. ...
  Topic: Time to re-queen?
DurangoKid

Replies: 6
Views: 10071

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 2:02 am   Subject: Time to re-queen?
Hello fellow beeks,

I have a 2.5 year old TB hive that is wonderful to work with, stores plenty of honey for the winter (and survives our winters!), and appears to be completely mite and disease fr ...
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 27836

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:02 pm   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
Thanks to all of you for your PMs and helpful suggestions. Stopping the robbing appears to be largely responsible for getting things right again.

dK
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 27836

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:03 am   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
I have some excellent news to report! The weather was finally clear and sunny today so I decided to open the hive and look around. My curiosity was piqued by the sudden dumping of dozens of drone ...
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 27836

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:10 pm   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
I noticed today that the bees are dragging out drones and dumping them over the side of the hive. It seems awfully early in the year for that to occur in a healthy hive. Is this an indicator of so ...
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 27836

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:43 pm   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
I am posting a follow-up as promised.

Since reducing the entry to a single bee space (thank you Barbara) the robbing has stopped completely. I am now seeing more capped honey on the top 1/3 of the ...
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 27836

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:21 pm   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
Thank you Barbara. Your response was very helpful.

I will post a follow-up in another week or two as things unfold (hopefully for the better) in the event another tyro beek has a similar experie ...
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 27836

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:46 am   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
Hi

Sorry to hear you are having problems.

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Good luck with them and if you can provide a bit more information then that would be helpful.

Regards

Barbara

Hi Barbara,

So ...
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 27836

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:50 am   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?

I noticed last night a string of bees strung across the gap between my deepest brood comb and the first honey comb - ~3 inches - and they were hooked together leg-to-leg. There were 4 bees total in ...
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 27836

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:35 pm   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
queen cells are different from emergency cells, you have said yourself, very little in the way of eggs/larvae, perhaps they only had one viable option

Great point. I'm too close to this to be thin ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
DurangoKid

Replies: 23
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:36 am   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
I see - so if you have frames the issue is not heavy combs simply falling off, they've actually melting.

I am currently reading "The Practical Beekeeper" by Michael Bush, a US beek who us ...
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 27836

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:54 pm   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
I'm looking for some advice fairly quickly. I purchased a hive from a well known apiary in north Boulder, CO which contains 8 brood combs with very little brood, no fresh eggs, is gathering pollen s ...
 
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