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All about beekeeping / Re: Queen-less after ?swarming?
« Last post by vadentwin on April 16, 2021, 06:52:38 am »
Checked both hives and still no eggs or brood. Gave one a frame of eggs. Also had a friend that had the same thing happen to her hive. Almost looks like they became pollen bound. Most of the worker cells are packed with pollen. Both of these yards weren't getting checked weekly and I think we are having a strong flow with lots of pollen this year. These hive were also moved a few months ago. Maybe that contributed.
Ideas / Re: 2 frame nuc
« Last post by linuxman51 on April 14, 2021, 07:57:41 am »
I've had some success with them, but the hive beetles also love to over-run smaller/weaker hives, so keep that in mind as well
All about beekeeping / swarms swarms swarms
« Last post by linuxman51 on April 14, 2021, 07:56:01 am »
It's been the name of the game so far this year, despite my early and often efforts to super up before crowding got too tight. I'm sure several are my own, but several more don't appear to have come from my hives (or they replaced their queens at some point)

had a split abscond on me, that was frustrating, but I'll live.

here's one of several videos

this one was pretty wild as well

I caught two this past saturday, and it's about all I can do to keep up with equipment right now. whew... I believe I had 26 or 27 hives coming out of winter, and after splits and swarms I think I'm sitting at 47 or 48 now? hard to keep count because it seems to change on a near daily basis.
All about beekeeping / Re: Queen-less after ?swarming?
« Last post by vadentwin on April 12, 2021, 09:56:20 am »
I feel much better now. All four hives had piles of dead drones in front of them. I figured they ran them off for some reason. There is still so much honey and nectar.
All about beekeeping / Re: Queen-less after ?swarming?
« Last post by Dirt Rooster on April 12, 2021, 08:48:36 am »
That's one I'm confused about.  I keep hearing people talk about queens traveling miles to get mated but I've personally seen quite a few mating flights where the bees boil out almost like a swarm and then settle back in within twenty minutes or so of coming out.  Afterwards sometimes there are hundreds of live drones are all over the ground in front of the hive looking like they showed up for some tailgating.  I can never spot the queen coming back in but since all those drones are there I'm sure she must be too.  I've seen this maybe a couple of dozen times over the years.  Sometimes they even cluster on a branch like a small swarm and then after a few minutes they break up and go back to the box.  Soooo....  I guess I just don't know.
All about beekeeping / Re: Queen-less after ?swarming?
« Last post by Andrew in SE GA on April 12, 2021, 08:28:31 am »
I would wait a week and then check for eggs. It is easy to miss eggs, especially when the comb is old and dark.
All about beekeeping / Queen-less after ?swarming?
« Last post by vadentwin on April 12, 2021, 06:56:22 am »
Looking through some hives this weekend and there are 2 hives out of 4 that are queen-less and and no brood. Lot of bees and lots of bread, honey and nectar. Both of these hives had queen cells with hinged openings and a few chewed cells. I am thinking both of these hives swarmed recently. My question is, When a queen goes on a mating flight is she gone for days or hours? We had some bad storms here the past day or so. I am planning to return later this week for another look and possibly give a frame of eggs from the other boxes.

All about beekeeping / Re: Horizontal Langstroth, Lauens Hives and Top Hives
« Last post by Dirt Rooster on April 11, 2021, 11:18:04 pm »
Layens and Langstroth are going to be similar except you can use Langstroth frames in an extractor.  Langstroth frames are also easier to come by and if you ever sell splits no one else around you is likely to be using layens which adds difficulty to transitioning bees and equipment between beekeepers.  Top bars are more difficult to manage.  Inspections can be messy with broken combs and such.  None of these set ups are really scalable or easy to move.  If I had a preference and the only factor I was concerned with was the best setup for the bees I think I would go with layens frames.  Just my opinion.
Pro tip - DON'T spray it on your skin in leu of using a smoker.  You won't like it.

Honey-B-Gone is also not skin friendly, especially on the face. Honey-B-Gone, IMO, smells like cherry cough syrup. Not offensive, but I make sure the lid is tight before putting it in my truck.

All about beekeeping / Re: Horizontal Langstroth, Lauens Hives and Top Hives
« Last post by vadentwin on April 10, 2021, 08:01:05 pm »
Depends on your location. The horizontal hives are nice and there is less lifting of heavy boxes but in some colder areas I have read there could be issues with them starving during winter because bees tend to want to move up and down as temps cool off and warm up. If you are in the south or temperate area you probably could have the same success with any. I would stick with Langstroth  regardless of the style you decide on, unless you are making your own frames. They are easy and quick to acquire if you find yourself in urgent need
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