Batting 500

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by afterburn001, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. afterburn001

    afterburn001 New Member

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    My wife and I started two hives this spring and this is the first year for us. So far we are batting 500. Hive #1 (a 4lb package from California) did not get a good start. The queen laid few eggs and the workers gave her the boot. We just re queened that hive, they released here and have accepted her. Well see what happens. Hive #2 (a 3lb package from Georgia) it thriving! The hive is very busy, they built comb faster than I ever imaged they could and the queen is an absolute egg laying machine! In 5 short week they have drawn out six full frames with 4 full of brood. 3-1/2 frames are nothing but capped cells!

    All in all we are very happy with how things are going.

    OK, Family photo time :lol:

    Three frames look just like this:
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    Two frames of a mix of Capped, larva and eggs:
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    The Baby making machine:
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    Mark
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Beautiful. I would move the outside drawn frame on each side out one position and put an empty in it's place. It will help them expand quicker.
     

  3. afterburn001

    afterburn001 New Member

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    I don't know why I didn't think about that but that's a great idea! Thanks.

    Mark
     
  4. divkabee

    divkabee New Member

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    They're gorgeous!

    Great pics, too.
     
  5. afterburn001

    afterburn001 New Member

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  6. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    great pics. Bad queen please send her my way I will send you another queen and I will dispose of the old queen for you. :thumbsup: :D
     
  7. G3farms

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    That sure is a good looking brood pattern she is laying.

    Glad to see things are going good for you.
     
  8. afterburn001

    afterburn001 New Member

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    Thanks Riverrat and G3farms. Riverrat, The girls revolted took care of the queen themselves. The pictures are part of the fun for me. I am a nature and wildlife photographer and macro photography is one of my favorite areas. if anyone is interested in seeing my work you can find me here: http://www.markedell.com
     
  9. milapostol

    milapostol New Member

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    That's a beautiful pic of the queen.