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  1. Sorry - slow reply - checked the hive last weekend and found the queen alive and most of the bees in the boxes. Hive looks healthy with no signs of varroa. Plenty of dead bees out the front. Removed the MAQS and all seems to be well. Key learn is that I think next time I will move the box forward on the HD base to increase the ventilation.
  2. Thanks for the feedback guys - I am checking this hive out tomorrow and removing the strips so will update on what the situation is. Definitely some key learns from this experience and glad to hear what others have to say who have tried it.
  3. Thanks Philbee. Yes I took particular care to do that for the reason that if the frames sit high once the treatment is in you can't get the hive mat on...thanks for your response though.
  4. After some advice...I am using MAQS for the first time - one of my single depth boxes with a super on it has got me a bit puzzled as to what's going on... I put the MAQS into my hives yesterday. Today when I went for a check I find that one of my single depth with 1x super has the front and some of the sides totally covered in bees and quite thick in places too. I am running a hive doctor base and have the boxes behind the lugs so as to reduce the entrance and try prevent robbing that I saw happen on one of my other hives a week ago. The bees didn't appear to be fighting - rather just sitting there in a big mass. It was almost like a swarm had landed on the front of the hive. I checked all my other hives in the apiary to make sure that it wasn't one of those colonies but they were all fine. When I opened the hive to see what was going on it looked like most of the bees on the outside were from that very hive as it was much reduced in numbers and it was a strong single box colony. I did my best to get as many of the bees as I could back into the boxes but I was left with a reasonable size clump by the entrance. They were a bit frenzied by this stage but not fighting or rushing into the hive - more just sitting there not going in. None of the bees that I put back in seemed to be rushing back out the entrance... Couldn't see any obvious signs of robbing when I went into the hive but it may have been early stages if that's what was going on??? Does anyone have experience with MAQS that can provide some advice or suggestions on what is going on here? I know that the colony expands when MAQS is put in and I've seen it on a mate's hives, but nothing like this. Not a super hot day but very humid...however none of my other hives did this... Also one of my other hives the MAQS I put in killed the queen overnight...found her dead at the bottom of the hive when I was checking the other hives to see if one of them was robbing this other one out... So far not too keen on MAQS...
  5. Thanks guys, super helpful comments. Thanks Crabee - Question: Are mated queens more likely to be accepted into queenless hives than VQ's? Thanks Rob - They're capped so they must have picked up on some larvae from the overheated hive. Thanks Phil46 - Question: Will that render those opened queen cells useless or will they still be able to salvage them if I'm careful. I know that I only need one successful one but just wondering. Question: What do you mean 'candle what you can'? Sorry if I'm a bit thick...:geek: For myself, I'm wondering if they killed the VQ because it's interfering with their natural process.
  6. Hello all, question for the experts relating to queenless hives... I have a nuc with frames that I salvaged from an overheated hive about 2 weeks ago which killed most of the brood. (Don't ask for the details!!!!:confused:) Frames are all plastic with the following on them: - nectar/pollen/honey x2 - drawn comb with dead brood x2 - bare frame x1 (just a space filled I put in) All of the live bees are those that I rescued from the overheated hive and there are reasonable numbers for the nuc (covering 3-4 of the frames). I introduced a caged virgin queen just over a week ago and went in today to do a quick check. Found 7 dead attendants in the cage but couldn't see the queen anywhere when I went hunting to see if she was still alive. What I did find though was that the bees had drawn out about 4-5 queen cells on one of the brood frames. They looked quite fresh - maybe 5 days old max. I am puzzled as to what is going on here...most of the brood is dead if not all of it and the bees have been slowly cleaning up the comb/removing dead bees/brood etc...so for there to be queen cells in here, I don't see how they could have selected live brood just this last week unless some did survive? Are those queen cells likely to have emergency raised queens in them from some live brood they found since I put the caged queen in a week ago or what??? Has anyone got any ideas?
  7. Definitely just a hobbyist at this point...but serious about getting those numbers up so I can sell off some nucs/splits.
  8. Thanks for all the helpful comments and tips. I currently have 7 nucs (4 frame + feeder). I have 6 strong hives that I was thinking of making nucs off. These have around 8-10 frames of brood currently + stores. So I was thinking of trying some 3 frame nucs from these - 2x brood/stores mix, 1x empty and a feeder to get them going. Hoping this will work with a mated queen introduced by queen cage. I can see that smaller nucs make more work/more intensive and weakening strong hives can also mean they need more maintenance. I guess it's about finding that balance on both sides where you can increase your numbers without having to spend twice as much time on everything.(y)
  9. Hello all, speaking to a commercial beekeeper yesterday and he says that you can make nucs from three frames + a feeder. Just interested in community feedback on this - particularly from those who may have done this successfully. He was saying if you have two frames which have good amounts of young larvae/brood/pollen/stores then you get two of those, add an empty waxed frame and a feeder and then introduce a caged mated queen. He said that if you do this on a good flow the bees will use the flow plus what you feed them to draw out the empty frame without filling it with honey meaning that the queen bee is able to start laying straight into this frame. I guess there is some skill to get this right but if anyone does anything similar or can give me some pointers on this I'd be grateful. I'm just looking at ways I can get my numbers up without it being too detrimental on my strong hives. Thanks.
  10. Seeing as it will be such benefit for you to know::rolleyes: Now how do you get on?
  11. Even with it queenless? Won't make any difference I suppose?
  12. Thanks Dave - that is some exceptional feedback. I have put a lot of this into practice already with great results. Thank you. Why don't you write a health and safety manual for beekeepers and sell it for a small sum?!!
  13. I was about to put up a photo along similar lines and ask for advice... See my image - I helped a friend out who overheated his bees while transporting them (queen died in the process) and I managed to salvage the frames along with about 20-30% of the original bees. Put them in this nuc box queenless and have a virgin queen on the courier that should be here tomorrow. See how they're all hanging over the entrance? I was wondering if they were trying to stop the frames being robbed by my other hives nearby. There are brood frames and stores in this nuc box, no empty frames. I was hesitant to turn the opening disc to the bigger opening for fear of promoting robbing. I know this image doesn't look real bad compared to Donna K's but they actually are forming a little bunch (hanging off each other etc) that blocks most of the entrance. Comments please or suggestions of what I should do different if anything?
  14. Thanks kaihoka. That is great feedback from someone who has hands on experience. Really appreciate that, thank you. I have all Italians at the moment but maybe I will give the Carni's a go soon for a bit more experience;)
  15. Thanks Trevor, I have watched a few of them:) and they're very helpful(y) I just thought that M4tt may have had some other little trick up his sleeve that we should know about!!!
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