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  Topic: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
IanT

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:09 pm   Subject: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
Oh it is okay Barbara. I have never had this situation before, but all my reading indicates that I have only a very small chance of re-queening. If what was earlier in my season, I might try it….bu ...
  Topic: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
IanT

Replies: 15
Views: 15604

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:26 pm   Subject: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
Any sense it spending the $ on a queen and taking the chance of introducing her?
  Topic: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
IanT

Replies: 15
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:15 pm   Subject: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
Sooo. An update. I waited a week, still no visible sealed brood via the observation window. So, I got into the hive for a look see. No queen visible AND it seems I have a laying worker(s) because t ...
  Topic: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
IanT

Replies: 15
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:48 pm   Subject: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
They are acting queenright in all other respects, so it's just that you can't actually see any brood through the observation window and peering in at a few bars at the back. Is that right?


Yeah, ...
  Topic: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
IanT

Replies: 15
Views: 15604

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:32 pm   Subject: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
No worries! Thanks for your attention and input. I would say decent activity at the entrance, however not nearly as active as when I first transferred the swarm from the swarm box to the HTBH. I see ...
  Topic: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
IanT

Replies: 15
Views: 15604

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:17 pm   Subject: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
Well, the queen may have been damaged in some way when I found her, as the swarm was on the ground. When I transferred the comb, I specifically saw her crawl into the hive on one of the few top bars ...
  Topic: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
IanT

Replies: 15
Views: 15604

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:58 pm   Subject: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
Eek. I am so disappointed at the prospect of loosing this colony. They were really vivacious and looking so strong. It is possible that the queen laid some eggs before she "left" and tha ...
  Topic: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
IanT

Replies: 15
Views: 15604

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:54 am   Subject: Month old hived swarm with no brood.
Reluctant to post this here, but I know that time is of the essence and I may be too late as is.

Background: I am a back yard beekeeper with an 8-frame Lang and a HTBH. The 8-frame Lang was fille ...
  Topic: Made the transfer....
IanT

Replies: 6
Views: 6538

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:26 pm   Subject: Made the transfer....
Well, the main problem is that they built out the comb, too much of it, in a square box and not a beveled walled box and the comb was just not going to fit. There was too much manipulation of the com ...
  Topic: Small-eyed "young" bees
IanT

Replies: 3
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:50 pm   Subject: Small-eyed "young" bees
In my experience bees will give the syrup a pass if there are solid nectar sources around, which currently there are. What do you about getting weak hive to somewhere else so it does not get robbed ...
  Topic: Small-eyed "young" bees
IanT

Replies: 3
Views: 5675

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:24 pm   Subject: Small-eyed "young" bees
Okay, so I have posted about this seeming weak nuc I got from a "supplier" here in Indiana. The hive is really, still, failing to thrive despite a good, moderate temperature summer, with go ...
  Topic: Made the transfer....
IanT

Replies: 6
Views: 6538

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:16 pm   Subject: Made the transfer....
Yeah, experimented with putting some flat head nails into a top bar and pressing a piece of comb onto them. Seemed to work okay. Tried it just before your post. Thanks for that. That new comb is s ...
  Topic: Made the transfer....
IanT

Replies: 6
Views: 6538

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:45 pm   Subject: Made the transfer....
Alright, so I made the transfer of the swarm I caught last Saturday. I caught and kept it in a Lang deep with top bars across the top so I could more easily move it into my first top bar hive. I gue ...
  Topic: Caught swarm into TBH
IanT

Replies: 8
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 3:24 am   Subject: Caught swarm into TBH
These ladies are really doin' great/ A very active hive. They have comb started for sure. I was thinking about transferring from the hive body I boxed the swarm in to the TBH on Friday. Just so ha ...
  Topic: SHB - how long before they show up?
IanT

Replies: 1
Views: 3752

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:48 am   Subject: SHB - how long before they show up?
So I am having yet more troubles with a Nuc that I have only had for for two weeks. You can see my questions and pictures about the chalk brood infection that I detected early after receiving it...
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  Topic: Caught swarm into TBH
IanT

Replies: 8
Views: 6982

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:56 pm   Subject: Caught swarm into TBH
Hmmm, so if this is an absconding package they will not be full of honey like a swarm, yeah? So should I feed them to be safe? It is kinda late to be starting from scratch for this area, in order fo ...
  Topic: Caught swarm into TBH
IanT

Replies: 8
Views: 6982

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:27 pm   Subject: Caught swarm into TBH
Would this suggest the queen is not a virgin queen?
  Topic: Caught swarm into TBH
IanT

Replies: 8
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:16 pm   Subject: Caught swarm into TBH
Sooo, I got a call about a swarm yesterday (June 28th) and nabbed it I used a Lang deep with a few bars from TBH across the top as the capture box. I am planning on populating my empty and waiting T ...
  Topic: Sub-Standard Nuc
IanT

Replies: 19
Views: 20447

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:52 pm   Subject: Sub-Standard Nuc
How to proceed?
  Topic: Sub-Standard Nuc
IanT

Replies: 19
Views: 20447

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:46 pm   Subject: Sub-Standard Nuc
This was the response from the bee keeper:

Dear Ian, Respectfully, I do see a small sign of chalk brood (under magnification), but not a severe infestation. I have seen other beekeeper's photos of ...
  Topic: Sub-Standard Nuc
IanT

Replies: 19
Views: 20447

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:36 am   Subject: Sub-Standard Nuc
Spoke on the phone today and explained my observations. It was a pleasant conversation. The woman on the phone stated they inspect everything before it goes out and there was no disease and what I wa ...
  Topic: Sub-Standard Nuc
IanT

Replies: 19
Views: 20447

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:40 pm   Subject: Sub-Standard Nuc
Not having had chalk broad in any of my hives, at least not at levels I detected, I would like your opinions as of the relative severity of what you see here.
  Topic: Sub-Standard Nuc
IanT

Replies: 19
Views: 20447

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:38 pm   Subject: Sub-Standard Nuc
Here are some pics from the hive, both in the frame and at the bottom of the hive where the mummies are.


https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/381767/DSC03399.JPG

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.c ...
  Topic: Sub-Standard Nuc
IanT

Replies: 19
Views: 20447

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 2:47 am   Subject: Sub-Standard Nuc
However, I might have been inclined to have left the insinuation of shadiness till the second letter should the need have arisen for a second letter. That is to say, I would have given them the face-s ...
  Topic: Sub-Standard Nuc
IanT

Replies: 19
Views: 20447

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:55 pm   Subject: Sub-Standard Nuc
Maybe, and if it comes to that, maybe I will, but time is valuable and so is gas. A polite letter explaining the situation, I thought, would be a good way to open communication about this situation a ...
  Topic: Sub-Standard Nuc
IanT

Replies: 19
Views: 20447

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:24 pm   Subject: Sub-Standard Nuc
Why don't you go and talk with them?

Well they are over an hour away, and I did just write them a letter immediately after my first hive inspection yielded very strong evidence of a chalk brood inf ...
  Topic: Sub-Standard Nuc
IanT

Replies: 19
Views: 20447

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:19 pm   Subject: Sub-Standard Nuc
I do not feel in any way that a chalk brood infestation could have gotten to such levels in a week unless it was something in their apiary already. I am using a brand new hive, and brand new frames. ...
  Topic: Sub-Standard Nuc
IanT

Replies: 19
Views: 20447

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:28 pm   Subject: Sub-Standard Nuc
Hi. I am a back yard bee keeper of several years. This year due to the overly harsh winter we had here in North Central Indiana, for the first time, I lost my hive. I have since picked up an 8 fra ...
  Topic: Cleaning up wax
IanT

Replies: 1
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:34 pm   Subject: Cleaning up wax
So, I had to crush and strain honey from some deep frames this weekend. Some of the comb was newer and light colored and some was much dark brood type comb. I washed out the honey, heated it up in w ...
  Topic: Euro ban on neonicotinoids and effects on bees
IanT

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:19 pm   Subject: Euro ban on neonicotinoids and effects on bees
So I am curious about which countries exactly banned the use of neonicotinoids. The ban actually take effect this year, correct? Making this growing season the first where we may see some effects, ...
 
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