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    @M4tt, Most beekeepers with experience would have observed the behavior of their queens in different situations, time of year, weather, and most importantly the nectar source or the lack of one. A poor queen can look good in a heavy flow, just as a good queen can look very ordinary in a dearth of nectar. Before we use the thumb and finger as Matt says, it makes sense to consider first the whole situation in which the hive is subject to, be it a ME or conventional a design.
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    Sunshine and windy (windy for the South Waikato;)) this afternoon. Prior to this we had a day and a half of rain which is great! Got around most of my hives today, only checking to see if a honey super was required. I am now down to my last 12 boxes of fully drawn frames from last season. Anything else that goes on after this will be new wood and wax foundation frames. Highlight of my day was hefting 3 FD supers back on top of a 4th undersupered box. It is is a strong hive. The only problem is they are the most vicious bees I have ever kept. They pour out of the hive when I puff smoke in, attack my legs, arms, body and ping off the veil of my suit. If it wasn't for the fact they are a box ahead of my next best hive the queen would have been replaced long ago Then to really get them going I finished the apiary chores with whipping the weedeater around the hives:)
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    @Muzza your queen likely left in a swarm. The hive probably lacks space and that's what's precipitating the continued swarming. Since you've caught a few of these swarms I wouldn't be worried about maintaining a queen in the parent hive. Open it up, clear the bees off every frame and destroy all swarm cells. Remove some honey frames for extraction and to make space. Open the brood nest by checker boarding empty drawn frames, at least two per brood box. Swap the brood boxes top to bottom and turn the hive through 180 degrees. The aim is to create maximum confusion while adding laying space for the queen if there is one. The bees will think that they have swarmed already. Wait a week then check for eggs and destroy any more cells they may have started. If there are no eggs then combine one of your captured swarms with the parent hive. If there are eggs then the hive is queen right. In a few weeks time when the swarming urge has passed you can rotate the hive back to face front.
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    Our MidEntrance hives here in WA are on a very good honey flow at the moment, the best hives are producing 20kg + per week, we are having to use 4 supers on each hive which is a bit of pain because of the high lift, not a young as I used to be.
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    I had a hive that swarmed like that, each queen took off with a handful of bees. It was a carniolan queen and her daughter's, that's what they do . Happened as I was opening the hive , I was surprised too.
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    Very generous, but I'm in Canterbury
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    Minister Of Finance AKA Wife
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    If there is no honey flow feed them syrup. If there is honey flow make sure there is a thick enough layer of wax on what ever your frame is made out of.....
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    Thanks for the link @Rob Stockley
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    So very sad to hear about your loss @myrtle4 . Karma will get the filth that did it! Your hives looked very reasonably hidden, except for that part view you mentioned if you were a thief looking. I am surprised at the the amount of thefts of hives recently that have said their hives are in full view on the roadside. Why put them there? thieves are probably joining forums like this for info? I know they have beehives in prisons now, to keep them entertained
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    Not at this stage . They are in the shed. Actually, there is a bit of an update. I still have this queen. She is in a conventional hive this year, with 2 3/4 brood boxes and 3 FD honey supers above that. This is my biggest and most powerful hive this year. I'm drawing no conclusions though. Different year, different circumstances
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    spin direction will only effect wax cutting on most of these types of machines. i would be checking to see if its the wax cutting thats causing the issues. if its to full of wax it might block up and honey cannot get into it. the trouble with troubleshooting anything like this is there is many different things that can cause the same issues. one of the things to start with is what your feeding into it. cold honey or big chunky wax can really slow down the amount of honey it can handle at one time. i suspect it will have dam settings. if they rushed it out the door they may not have set the dams right.
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    Had a thought ..... when we first got the Hummer we had numerous problems ..... the honey was coming out dirty, it was dumping honey on the floor and wasn't separating wax from honey. The guys in Christchurch sent a techie out pulled it apart, cleaned it, ran it up again, but there was no improvement. He stepped back deep in thought, wound the machine up again and then had a "lightbulb". The motor had been miswired at the control box and it was running backwards. Works real good now!
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    Beekeeping in New Zealand, for hobbyists and light commercials.
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