they flew the coup..

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by roadkillbobb, May 17, 2018.

  1. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    I was away for a week, when I left lots of bees , when I got back an empty hive, guess they found greener pastures elsewhere..ungrateful little %@#&*%$..LOL..ill set out some swarm traps and see what shows up...lats hive inspection I didnt see any queen cells a few weeks ago..
     
  2. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    If all are gone it wasn't a swarm, it was an abscond. Pop frames in a freezer for a couple of days, kill off baddies like Small Hive Beetle, mites, wax moth eggs
     

  3. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    by the time I got home the wax moths and beetles were already there, I cleaned the frames of comb and ones with any honey I left out for any bees to come by and clean them off then ill wash the frames and boxes with water...im going to melt and clean the wax i scrapped off, I put that in the freezer to kill the moth eggs and worms and beetles....and start over from scratch..
     
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    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm sorry for your loss. You have other hives?
     
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    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    that was the only hive, I was going to try and split it this year, guess they knew something was up and wanted to stay together..LOl..Im going to set up a few swarm traps and see what comes by, a friend upstate has some hives and may start raising queens, ill see if he wants to sell a nuc, or I may buy a nuc upstate, the guy I bought the last nuc from is out of his mind with price, he wants $250.00 for a 5 frame nuc on long Island..hes nuts..
     
  6. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    that is pretty high for sure.