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    Unite Colonies?

    OK, so I combined the hives, but now have another issue: It’s been about 2.5 weeks since I checked the bees after giving the bees time to get used to each other (nibbling through newspaper). When I combined the hives, I spread out the frames from the hive that still had a queen within the hive that lost the queen. Today, when I checked, there is no pupae/larvae/very little brood in the side of the hive where the queen left/died; these bees also seem very hungry having no honey stores and having eaten through one super frame entirely (that was full of honey). I also found a full queen cell on one of the frames (shape/size peanut). I checked the other end of the hive and the queen remains there and is laying (though not wildly-I think the bees are hungry). So my question is, do I move the queen down to the other end of the hive (think long like a top hive) and remove the queen cell, which looks quite advanced? Or do I just hope this works. It seemed very odd to me the ends of the hive appear to be working independently of each other, especially when the queen has full access (no dividers) to all frames. I may close off the second entrance and perhaps that will help. Thanks for the thoughts-someday this will work, or not!
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    Unite Colonies?

    So I have lost my second queen for the year and am considering uniting colonies (I have two in my beehaus) instead of going for a third queen. Any thoughts? I know I can either add a new queen or unite and people have different opinions, but I'm always interested in thoughts before making a final decision. The queenless colony has 11 frames and the queened colony (now laying well) has seven frames. Thanks!
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    Honey Harvesting

    Thanks-unfortunately, Mann Lake does not sell the same products in the UK/USA, which is a bit odd. I will definitely inquire about the extractors and will give it a shot!
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    Honey Harvesting

    Thanks for the thoughts. I'm not sure that the beehaus frames fit in USA sized extractors, but I will check it out. If not, I guess I will have to destroy the drawn comb, or alternatively, use an uncapping fork, but again, I suppose that will lead to drawn comb going by the wayside. Regardless, I appreciate the thoughts and will let you know what I find.
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    Honey Harvesting

    Hello, I'm getting ready to move through my first honey harvest and have been reading/watching around and wonder if anyone has any specific thoughts on using a heat gun to melt the caps and then harvesting honey with a spoon, to leave the beehaus wire frame foundation intact. I see there are various uncapping forks/planes/knives, but the heat gun looked rather easy and quick, but not sure how the hot wax would play into the harvest. Any thoughts welcome, thanks!
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    Time for Supers?

    Yes, bee captain is a funny phrase but very apt! Each neighborhood has a bee captain so you can work with one another or hook up with other urban beekeepers-very nice! In the end, if a virgin queen was in the hive, but she may never have mated as no eggs, so I installed a new queen last week. I checked last night and she's out of the hive, so will check at the weekend to see if there is any new activity. Honey supers are filling nicely and just added five more. Now I have to figure out how to get the honey off, but hopefully not too hard. I'll keep the interested posted! Thanks again
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    Time for Supers?

    Thanks again for the thoughts. I did not see eggs or pupae in the strong hive (but did in the weaker), just bees emerging from capped brood. I've contacted my local bee captain to see if someone can drop by and take a look. I'm sure I'm going to work this out at some point, but thanks so much for all the thoughts. I'm going to take one more look tomorrow as well and let you know what I find.
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    Time for Supers?

    So I took another look this morning and I did not see any brood, though I did see a few bees being born. I also did not see the queen. As for swarm cells, I had a look and didn't really see any of those, but it's possible there is one in formation. I'm not sure what to do at this stage. The bees still seem very active and are filling the super frames with honey. Lots of pollen, but no brood that I could see. I have another, weaker hive, in the other side and the queen is laying. At this stage, I wonder if I should combine hives and hope they survive. I'd hate to lose another hive after losing last year's...any thoughts? Thanks so much!
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    Time for Supers?

    Thanks-they are definitely taking pollen in but I will check again tomorrow morning when the light is much better. I'll also look for swarm cells. More tomorrow!
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    Time for Supers?

    Thanks for the thoughts-I have 11 brood frames, all full, and the good news is that the bees have moved into the super and are drawing out the five frames, whew. The bad news is that I haven't seen the queen for two inspections and I wasn't convinced this evening that I saw any larvae, argh! I will inspect again at the weekend, but I'm very much hoping that I haven't lost the queen again... Thanks for the advice-will not add any more and will keep watching the supers
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    Time for Supers?

    The frames are almost entirely covered in brood/pollen cells/open nectar cells with an arc of honey around as you suggest. The bees are up on the supers in quite high numbers, I just don't see any drawing out, which is what I thought they did when storing the honey. I also wondered if I should continue to add new brood frames in the lower hive-any thoughts on that? Thanks again!
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    Time for Supers?

    Hello again, Just wanted to check in to see if all going well. I added one super a week ago with queen excluders. I checked today and all brood frames are full in the main hive, and while there are lots of bees on the supers and in the super area, there is only one small area on one super frame being drawn out. Should I be concerned or is this normal? Thanks for the thoughts! Lisa
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    Time for Supers?

    Thanks for the help and thoughts. I will go ahead and add one super and use the queen excluder. Some say not to use the excluder to help the bees move up, but I definitely don't want brood up there so will give it a shot. I'll let you know how it goes We are also having a very warm spring here (will be 23+ the rest of the week), so there is a lot of forage about (I can see pollen under the hive at times and the bees also have a lot of pollen on their legs. Thanks again!
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    Time for Supers?

    Hello, I have a beehaus in the USA (Seattle-weather very similar to UK) and lost my colony last year and so began again this year. The hives this year are doing very well, all frames drawn out, with lots of activity. I've stopped feeding and wonder if it's time to add supers. If I do add the supers-do I begin with two? And there seems to be some variety in whether to use the queen excluder or not the first week or so. Any thoughts much appreciated, thanks! Lisa
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    When new frames required?

    Thanks for the update. I talked to Mann Lake and they didn't think they had anything to work, but I will check it out again. I'll also work on the three year rule with swapping frames out. Hopefully, all will go well this year. New hive installed and seem to be OK so far-we'll see. I do wonder-with the beehaus can you use a plastic bag filled with sugar syrup on top of the frames. The containers I'm using to disperse sugar syrup keep leaking, though I can't figure out why, argh. Thanks again!

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