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Rearing Queens via the DIY Cloake Board Method

Queen cell: Several queens are laid in the queen cell. The first queen to emerge has to kill the other emerging or unemerged queens.

Raising queen bees for other beekeepers--means killing viable queens...let the hive decide when to choose a new queen!

beehive with swarm activity - if you see bees making this horseshoe pattern in front of the hive, 3 days later they will start to build queen cells. They will continue this pattern so long as there is sunlight. If you don't want the hive to swarm, you have 3 days to add supers to relieve congestion, otherwise, a swarm will emerge in approx. 3 weeks....

How to create Sugar (or Candy) Boards for honeybees. These sugar boards are given to the beehives in the fall as an addtional souce of food during the cold winter months. Some refer to these lids or other styles of sugar boards as 'bee insurance'.

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Making a swarm lure: 1/4 cup olive oil, a wad of beeswax (1/2 of a sheet of foundation), and about 20 drops of lemongrass oil.