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    Lots of gentle bees but no brood or queen

    My bees made it through the winter just fine and I have brood box full of gentle bees (I can easily inspect with no smoke). There are a lot of stores in the outer frames and some honey in the inner frames, too. I cannot see the queen which doesn't surprise me because I could not find her last...
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    What is "Shook Swarm?"

    Newbie question - what is a "shook swarm" or the "shook swarm method"? I keep reading about it in this forum and still don't know what it is.
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    How do I move from brood and a half to 12 x 14?

    Thanks, Rae, for the straight forward advice. I'll do it when it gets warmer. R2 - what do you mean by "shook swarm" Perry
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    How do I move from brood and a half to 12 x 14?

    In this nice weather today I had a quick look inside my hive for the first time this year. I have a brood box and a super underneath that was full of stores when I put it there last autumn. It is still almost full! I want to move to a single 12x14 brood box and get rid of the super...
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    Moving to a 12 x 14 brood box

    My one colony was strong last year. I put a super under the regular brood box so they had enough food and space during the winter. I think they are OK now because bees are flying in and out on warm days. I would like to move them from a regular brood box to a 12 x 14 brood box so I can do...
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    Should I inspect or not?

    In November I made sure my one new rooftop hive had plenty of food (in the brood body and a full super underneath the BB). I insulated the top and put a reducer in the opening. In November and December I watched bees come and go. I have not seen any traffic during the past two cold weeks. One...
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    Making polish

    Rustins does pure turpentine. Check online or your local DIY.
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    Too many bees?

    How do you get the queen back into the brood box in the spring?
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    Too many bees?

    If you leave one super on, why remove the QE? What happens in the spring when you want the queen in the brood box?
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    My inspection tray is stuck

    Got it sorted this morning! I used a yard stick to loosen it and it came out. I won't leave it in for long periods any more.
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    My inspection tray is stuck

    My yellow plastic inspection tray under the mesh at the bottom of my hive is stuck. Any suggestions how I can get it out? I've tugged hard with both hands to no avail and I want to check the status of varroa mites.
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    Will bees repair damaged frames

    I used a few super frames with only starter strips and noticed the cells below the strip were bigger than those on the strips. Why? What is the implication of this?
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    Why are the girls cranky in the evening?

    Thanks, all. The bees are not American although I am (been in the UK 18 years though so I know how to drive in the left). I don't visit in the evening anymore. I find that about 9am in the summer works well. Regarding smoke, I don't use it for quick checks and do use it occasionally for...
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    Why are the girls cranky in the evening?

    I have one hive on the roof of my house so it is easy to check them - I just climb out the window. I rarely use smoke and notice that in the morning they are docile and nice to me and it is easy to check the fames. In the evening they are cranky and buzzing all over me and really attack when I...
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    No honey in the brood box

    I guess this sparked an Apiguard treatment discussion. Question for you all - if I start the treatment now does it mean I cannot harvest the two supers that are there? And if I harvest the supers and there is no honey in the brood box does it mean that my girls will go hungry?
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    No honey in the brood box

    I was away for two weeks and left three supers on the brood box. The first was full. When I returned over the weekend I found the top two supers each about half full of capped frames. So I removed the capped frames and extracted the honey. I combined and left the partially full and uncapped...
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    porter escapes

    With the two supers I have removed, the bee escapes did not work after 24 hours. I took out one frame at a time (covering the others with a cloth) and brushed off all the bees. I then put the beeless frame in a plastic storage box with a cover. Once done I lugged the box home and extracted...
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    Can I remove an empty super from the hive?

    Not significantly fewer, just not as much buzzing around the entrance and not full to overflowing.
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    Can I remove an empty super from the hive?

    Before going on holiday for two weeks I put two empty supers on my busy hive to make sure they had space. On return, I found one about half full of honey with a lot of capped cells. The top super seems to have no honey but some wax cells made by the bees. There are now fewer bees than a month...
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    Preparing honey - your advice

    How do you warm the honey? In a warm room or with heat?
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