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Advice for a new hive

Hi, my dad is getting into beekeeping and I've been helping him get answers to his many questions from this knowledge le community.

He got his nuc box 2 days ago (pic from morning of installation) and he is wondering what he should do with the medium size upper box on his hive. He's got the 5 frames from the nuc and 5 frames with drawn wax in the bottom box and currently he has his feeder in the top box.

When, if at all, should he add frames to the top box? He has 5 frames of drawn wax for the top box as well as 5 new waxed plastic frames.

Any and all advice appreciated!

3 Comments
2024/05/13
17:06 UTC

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Not sure if Queen is trying to swarm

I'm a 1st year beekeeper with 1 current hive.

Started from a package in late March, fed and gave them some old comb, end of April they filled the first box out pretty good, so I gave them a second deep box, with all empty foundation, and moved the feeder to the 2nd story. A week later (which was two weeks and a day ago) I checked on them and they had just started to draw out a few frames in the top box, but the queen had also moved up there and started laying.

Fast forward exactly two weeks, and they have almost completely drawn out and filled out the top box, and it had almost 4 frames of capped brood. (the feeder was still there, so the top box had only 8 frames instead of 10)

Moving on to my inspection, I did not see the queen in the top box but did see eggs on a few frames, and larva of varying sizes. No queen cells in the top box

Moving on to the bottom box I right away noticed a few open queen cups. I leave them alone as I continue the inspection. Finding more eggs, lots of capped brood, everything as normal, but cannot find the queen. I think I saw a total of 5 queen cubs - all open. I started looking in them and found a little egg in 3 of them.

At this point I thought the queen had swarmed because I had been inspecting for over half an hour and had not found her. I went back and checked both boxes again, and FINALLY found her in the bottom box under a blanket of attendants.

I removed all of the queen cups, and moved some frames around, as well as gave her another frame with no foundation in the bottom box. I think she has at least 3 open-ish frames to lay in on the bottom box now. I put an excluder between the two boxes as well, so that they will begin using the top deep box as a super once the brood hatches out. Still haven't supered, although I will probably go back and put one on in the next couple of days.

The question I am pondering now, is if they were trying to swarm (although I didn't think that was going to happen during a heavy flow, or maybe they were trying to do that because I didn't super them?) or was this a supersedure that I intervened in? The laying patterns were all very healthy looking, and she's been putting out massive amounts of brood, so I don't think that's the issue either...

What is going on?

3 Comments
2024/05/13
16:54 UTC

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Bearding or swarming?

My bees swarmed yesterday. big ball of bees too high up for me to catch and make another hive. Today, the same hive has 20,000 bees outside their entrance all balled together. is this another swarm or just bearding? do bees even swarm twice like that? do I try to put them into another hive or leave them alone? yes, I'm new at this. sorry. it's warm today but I've never seen them do this.

2 Comments
2024/05/13
16:47 UTC

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All Yellow Bee - Why?

Found this bee… all the black is gone on it. Is there a cause for this? Does it just come with age or something?

8 Comments
2024/05/13
16:16 UTC

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Capped Swarm Cells

Hello everyone! I started my journey this year with 5 x 10 frame hives. I've been reading as much as I can from Michael Bush and his "lazy" approach to beekeeping. I inspect weekly (at least), but am trying to let the bees handle as many things on their own as possible.

Here's my question: I have a hive that has a few swarm cells on the bottom of a brood frame, one of which is capped. They've been bearding heavily on the hive - I just dropped another medium on top and noticed the bearding has dropped significantly. There does seem to be a large amount of activity in front of the hives, with spiralized flight patterns.

What is the best approach for handling capped swarm cells? If they swarm, does the entire hive leave? Or just a portion? I'm tempted to just ride it out and see what happens, but would love some insight from more experienced keepers, thank you!

6 Comments
2024/05/13
15:31 UTC

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No signs of queen in a new hive

So I installed two nucs about a month ago, I checked on them a week after install and I made sure the queen got out.

I inspected the hives yesterday and it seems that there is more bees, I've been feeding each hive about a pint of sugar syrup per day and I can see them storing a lot of honey and building out comb on new frames.

I couldnt spot the queen in any of the hives, but in the first hive I can see some pupa and some capped brood, but none in the other hive. Should the queen have started laying by now? I wasn't able to spot any eggs in any of the hives.

Should I give it some more time or start looking for a new queen?

Swcond question, is that bees are super focused in stashing a bunch if honey away and thst isn't leaving much comb for brood, they still have some empty frames in the sides, should I do anything to encourage more building in those frames?

4 Comments
2024/05/13
14:25 UTC

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Is it OK to install a nuc a couple feet away from an existing hive?

Last year I got a nuc and still have it and it's fairly strong, three frames of brood and eggs and bees on 4 frames. Would it be OK to to install a 5 frame nuc about 3 feet away from the existing hive? I just want to avoid them robbing eachother or anything like that.

8 Comments
2024/05/13
14:17 UTC

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Hive went queenless ~8 days ago

I went through one of my hives this week, I saw capped brood, larger uncapped brood (around the 6-8 day mark), lots of nectar and 2 capped queen cells no eggs. Should i let the virgins do their thing or swap a frame of eggs and brood over from another hive for a frame of honey? They are looking like they may be nectar bound in about another week. I dont think they swarmed as there was no swarm cell a week ago but that queen had a patchy brood pattern from the outset and lots of drone larvae are littering the ground outside the hive. No deformed wings or beetles when i went through the hive, no stone brood or foul brood that i could see either. Any ideas?

2 Comments
2024/05/13
14:11 UTC

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Mite test

I wanted to do a mite test for the first time and was curious what kind of liquid you guys use to do the test. I have read that alcohol is used a lot but are there other liquids I can use?

5 Comments
2024/05/13
14:08 UTC

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First time seeing the queen.. why is she SO orange??

TLDR: why is this queen so orange? Is this normal?

I finally was able to go check a hive, find the queen and put on a brood box with my dad. I was not there when the bees were put into the hives.

The first frame I ever pulled had the queen on it... I almost peed my suit.

I was shocked at how much she stood out...

I've been looking at pictures/vids of queens and having a hard time finding her amongst the moving workers with her being a similar color.

This queen was bright freaking orange... anyone know why this might be? (Age? Type of bee?)

She is definitely laying and the frames looked healthy.

24 Comments
2024/05/13
13:59 UTC

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Update on my first beehive - I saw some larvae yesterday!

3 Comments
2024/05/13
12:29 UTC

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Beekeeping: Splitting Hives to Prevent Swarming

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2024/05/13
12:09 UTC

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Nuc help

Hi. I’ve been a beekeeper for 6 years. Small scale. I am only allowed 2 in the city limits. My granddaughter wanted her own bees at their house this year. We purchased her a 5 frame nuc. Installed it in to the 10 frame lanstroth hive on 5/4. Fed and left it alone until yesterday. 5/12. We did an inspection to see how things were going, and I found two queen cells, fully capped and ready to hatch. Why would they replace the queen already? She is marked in green meaning she was born this year correct? I wasn’t sure what to do so I took the queen and a couple frames and put them into a five frame nuc box.
Why would they be making a new queen already? there’s plenty room in the 10 frame hive so it’s not swarm cells. What would you have done?

5 Comments
2024/05/13
10:42 UTC

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Beeswax extraction resulting in very low yield

Hi there
I did a beeswax extraction on about 6 frames (around 1,4 kilgrames of brut frame approximatly) but only got 350g out of the first extraction, i just wanted to know if anyone had an idea of what could result in such a low yield ?

my guess was maybe evaporation since i could not nicely control the heat of my induction stove but it seems too big to be the main thing

they where old brood frame so they had a lot of cocoons in them
btw i extracted it by melting it in water (1/1) ration and then passing it through a seeve

5 Comments
2024/05/13
09:21 UTC

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Beautiful

This swarm was in the K yard at the elementary school I work at. Called a nearby apiary to pick them up before B&G could get there and kill them all. The guy that came out brought a transport box when he came, but we unfortunately, weren’t able to find a queen. I ended up removing the tree limb and placing it on the lid (opened, as most couldn’t figure out how to get in and I’m guessing were confused because of the pheromones/lack of queen). We have a few students and adults that are allergic to bees, and I also needed to beat B&G to it. I moved everything from the limb to the dumpster, far from the initial location and the guy came back to pick them up.

Anything I should have done differently/better?

What are their chances, now that they’re at a new location that only has queens that are new to them?

9 Comments
2024/05/13
07:25 UTC

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Oxalic acid strip placement

My boss recommended this as placement of oxalic acid on cardboard strips, any recommendations on better placement

6 Comments
2024/05/13
06:30 UTC

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Split making a queen

I performed a split this past week on Wednesday. I checked them today and the queen is in the split, but they are making an emergency queen cell with a larva swimming in royal jelly inside. I’m wondering what to do.

13 Comments
2024/05/13
04:55 UTC

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Newly installed nuc

I just installed my new nuc this morning, and I’m a little worried I may have done something wrong. I have a medium 8 frame and the new nuc came with nine frames. Seeing that it had a bit of propolis I added in an empty box on top and left the single frame. Should I have removed it all together? Would it be too early to go back in tomorrow and either remove it and the empty box or fill it in with more frames? I also noticed what looked like drone cells or new queen cells at the bottom so now I’m panicking. I’m new to beekeeping so the more detailed you are the more I grasp. Thanks!

9 Comments
2024/05/13
03:16 UTC

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How do you create empty brood box frames.

I've been keeping two hives for a few years now and there have been times when I've needed empty brood frames but never have spares. How do you do it? If I wait for a brood break aren't they just going to get backfilled with honey? Do I just cycle in foundation and take honey frames for them to clean up?

6 Comments
2024/05/13
02:28 UTC

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We caught our first swarm!

Okay, so they were probably our bees. I've been putting off inspection due to weather. We put them in a dead out hive, and they are already doing the bee march. Hopefully if they are from our other hive, there are enough bees and queen cells left to have a fresh start there. It's too late in the day to check now, so we may have to check tomorrow after work.

Any tips or tricks would be welcome.

2 Comments
2024/05/13
01:15 UTC

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Feeding

Hi,

When should bee's be fed. Any difference between sugar water and doing the newspaper wet suger method?

Thinking of buying some external feeders

Thank you

20 Comments
2024/05/13
01:00 UTC

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Queen Bee's Mother's Day Reign

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas and queens!

0 Comments
2024/05/13
00:27 UTC

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I started up a beekeeping podcast recently and wanted to share it with you guys!

The Pollen Nation Podcast

The podcast is still in the early stages so please forgive the sometimes not high quality but I try to make the information useful especially for beginners.

I'm interviewing other beekeepers, breaking down scientific studies, and giving beekeeping tips and techniques that I've learned building up to a 2,000 hive commercial apiary in Northwest Florida!

0 Comments
2024/05/13
00:09 UTC

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I like the look

Incredible work from this package of bees with a Saskatraz queen. Installed April 22nd

0 Comments
2024/05/12
23:33 UTC

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No Queen

Did an hive inspection today. First in a good while ,.many a month? Double deep hive with no signs of a queen. No capped brood, larvae or signs of eegs present except for a few shoddy queen cells. One of which I confirmed had an egg in it. I take it they are attemptingat raising a nrw queen? Would it have been prudent to stop my overall inspection to preserve any other potential queens? I feel like I was risking sqaushing what I had just looking. None of the other cells seemed like they had any real potential. Not fully complete/no egg to be seen. I only saw one decent one with 1 egg, and carefully put it back without curshing it. It seems a lot of burr comb/ potential queen cells maybe were present between thr 2 hive bodies and I ripped them apart taking the upper hive body off,.but I wanted to inspect that lower deep to see if the patterns of empty cells continued...is that queen cell legitimate? Could it have been a worker laying? Lots of bees and polled and honey present, just also lots of empty where the brood once was... did my hive swarm? When I looked I saw no vrigin queen etc, but I admit I skipped like 5 frames thinking I've done enough disturbance for now and put them back. No cells on the bottom of the bottom deep, just mainly between the upper and in the upper.

5 Comments
2024/05/12
22:50 UTC

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What height of base for a bee hive is best?

Trying to figure out what height to put my hive. I have read mixed reviews.

View Poll

8 Comments
2024/05/12
22:45 UTC

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