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  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 2:45 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
Closing this topic:
I saw the first few capped worker brood last night, so they're in the clear!

Backward math says it took 8 days for the queen to start laying.

Thanks again to all the coac ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 3:07 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
I had the same concern and am still remotely suspicious. I took pics, and all 40-50 cells I can study include a single egg more or less centered. That adds much hope that it just took the gang extra ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 3:39 am   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
Wow. Just checked, and eggs just started, 12 days in, or maybe a day or three ago. Yea! But no larva. Surprising. I really really...want to pull off my homemade queen "includer," but a ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun May 03, 2015 12:31 am   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
I just checked, and there is nice straight comb, honey, and pollen but not a single egg. It's the 7th day since package install. Hmm? Seems very wrong to me.
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 02, 2015 3:00 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
I'm in Serrano, worst and best case. CC&Rs, association fees, likely pesticide bathing, and Mello-Roos taxes contribute to the worsts. Random landscaping flows year-round contribute to bests. M ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 12:59 am   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
Today, day 4 after install:
Checked for dead queen and didn't see one.
Closed up bottom temporarily per advice.
Saw just 1 of 50-100 bees go in with pollen.
Fanning still happening when bars repla ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:23 am   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
Great thought. I'll PM tomorrow. Thanks for that idea!
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:47 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
Cage was cork only. I stuck most of a mini-marshmallow in the hole at install. The fact that you've had swarms take that long before starting comb is great news to me. My limited experience always ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:31 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
The cluster around the cage was pretty light, bad news I guess. I used 7 bars to start the 3 pounder. I have a base closure ready, so maybe I'll put that on my next chance tomorrow night. Thanks!
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:06 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
Screened bottom. No attendants were in the cage with her. I couldn't tell if she was marked because she was still covered in the previous day's powdered sugar dusting. Gently detecting potential ea ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:01 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
In a new but weathered Phil-spec'ed Kenyan hive, I installed a package Sunday and suspended the queen cage dead center. The poor girl had no attendants and was still coated with the powdered sugar I' ...
 
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