It's a good day in the bee yard when there's no swarm cells

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by CharlieB, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. CharlieB

    CharlieB New Member

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    I've been really nervous about my hives swarming. I just went through my 8 rooftop mega hives which took all day and found no swarm cells. About a month ago, I opened up the brood nest placing foundationless starter strips frames in while moving brood up. (A Michael Bush thing). It's really working so far. I pulled off another 50 pounds of honey to open up the supers to give them more room as well. (An Oliver Frank thing).

    I also managed to spot all the queens in each hive. I've started the practice of taking the frame with the queen and placing it in a "safe house" nuc while doing my inspections. It helps me to relax more knowing I'm not going to accidentally roll her and I can pick up the inspection pace as well.

    Now I have another 8 in Saratoga to do. I'm going to need more beer. :thumbsup:
     
  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    That is a good day for sure, nice to see everything working out for you.
     

  3. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    I like the idea of placing the queen in a safe situation while doing the inspection. Sounds like you got it going your way good job thanks for sharing:thumbsup:
     
  4. Omie

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    Yeah I like that 'safehouse nuc' idea too! Easy enough to bring a little nuc along for a big inspection day.
     
  5. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Charlie, That's a great idea! I sign on along with River's and Obie's approvals. :thumbsup:
     
  6. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    a snip...
    An Oliver Frank thing

    tecumseh:
    how is OD? I must have several hundred pounds of his old bee journal here. <something of a story there.
     
  7. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    I like the nuc idea also,but too many Beers can make drones look like queens.:lol::lol: Jack
     
  8. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Jack you're hanging out at the wrong bar!!:lol::rolling::drinks::rolling::lol:

    That is a good idea to keep the queen safe, just be sure she gets BACK inside the original hive too.
     
  9. CharlieB

    CharlieB New Member

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    He's as feisty as ever. We have a swarm catching contest on a Beesource thread in which he's in the lead and lets us all know about it daily.
     
  10. CharlieB

    CharlieB New Member

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    Funny you should mention that. Just yesterday I placed the "queen frame" in my nuc. When I was all done, I took the frame out and looked for her before I put it back. No where on the frame. I looked in the nuc and she was walking along the side of the wall with some nurses. Glad I checked!
     
  11. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That is what would worry me. And I still have trouble telling queen from drones. I am so glad I did my cutout. My nucs are arriving on April 28 - after flow is mostly over... GRRRRRR.

    Gypsi