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    Fever following multiple stings

    I checked on my bees this weekend and they were much more fiesty that usual. I ended up getting stung way more than I've been stung before. Typically I may get one or two and that has never seemed...
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    Re: Shook out hive to rid laying worker

    I did a shake out on my hive last year and it worked. I really think it's hit or miss, but it worked for me. I don't think I would do it again. I'd rather trust the adding frames of open brood...
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    Re: Putting on my second super.

    Wow. Thanks for that response. That was extremely helpful. I spent about three years reading up on beekeeping before I decided to take the plunge, and the more I do this the more I realize how little...
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    Putting on my second super.

    Earlier this spring I got a full super on my hive and the bees have pretty much filled it entirely. I didn't want to pull it off, because we had a sudden heat wave that pretty much killed off all...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    My eyes always let me know as soon as there is pollen. When I start scratching the inside corners of my eyes, I can tell that the pollen has started.
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    Re: Attitude of Bee keepers?

    As someone who is pretty new to this myself, I have found that most everyone has been very accepting and encouraging of me wanting to keep bees. The trouble comes in when you go to ask for advice on...
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    Re: what did I do wrong?

    I used chunks of fondant and that seemed to work rather well. The bees seem to only take it as they need it. So it's been gradually depleting over the winter. I assume they will use it as they...
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    Re: Angry Angry Angry Bees.

    I installed the entrance reducer about 3 weeks ago...I live in South Central PA and we've had a really wet year and the bees have been foraging this entire time. I didn't want to inhibit them much...
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    Re: Angry Angry Angry Bees.

    I did smoke them. I almost always do, unless I'm going in for something really quick that I don't feel the need to.
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    Angry Angry Angry Bees.

    OMG. I have read here that the bees will become a little more aggressive in fall and especially after the frost has killed all the forage, but I did not anticipate the behavior of my bees. Over the...
  11. Thread: dancing bees

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    Re: dancing bees

    Bee's can hear ultrasonic sounds where humans cannot. That's just the dance beat to the DJ in the hive spinning records. It's just too high frequency for you to hear and those are the bees that...
  12. Should I add a super this late in the season?

    My bees have been exploding on new bee production lately. Almost all of the frames on my two deep boxes are drawn out and the queen is still laying a ton of eggs every day. I have a few frames that...
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    Re: Newbee with 2 questions

    I can only really give you an answer to your first question. And my answer would be yes, cut it down. If you have medium frames in a deep box, the bees are going to build comb from the bottoms of...
  14. Re: FLOW? What exactly is it and how do I know it's time?

    Being very new to beekeeping (1st year) I'm finding that I'm very observant about my hive and noticed differences from one week to the next. I think that I have noticed that there is a flow on...
  15. Re: Bees hanging around entrance moving back and forth. What's up?

    There are some really good YouTube videos of washboarding. Take a look at those and see if that is what they are doing. I find washboarding amazing. I think it's such an odd behavior that no one...
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    Re: Flow started

    I have a feeling that the goldenrod bloom has started in PA too. I'm noticing a lot more activity around the hive and the bees are coming back with a bright yellowish orange pollen.
  17. Thread: Outside frames.

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    Re: Outside frames.

    I was gonna do that then second guessed myself because I had read someones post saying not to move around the frames.
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    Outside frames.

    My bees seem to have absolutely no interest in drawing out the two outside frames. Is there anything I can do to encourage them to start working on them.
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    Re: Oops. I spilled some Bee Go in my garage . . .

    Though I may not recommend this depending on your comfort with using strong bases, but you might be able to try using some potassium hydroxide (drain cleaner) to break it down from butyric acid to...
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    Re: Checking hive too much?

    I'm new to this this year and I was checking on mine twice a week and now I check on them once a week. I've been told by others that smoking them will interupt them for a few days. Maybe you could...
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    After a very rocky start...

    After a very rocky start laden with queens dying and then laying workers and then bees not drawing comb and any number of just problems from the get go, my hive is finally in order. Went to the hive...
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    Re: Bees Not allowed

    Let me know how you make out with this. I live in Harrisburg, but I keep my bees in the Carlisle area. Thankfully, my hive is not in the borough and is in much more of a rural location. But I am...
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    Re: New Bee keeper, no "mentor", I have questions!

    In the short time that I've had my bees I've learned to sense when they're getting irritated. I have worked them with smoke and without and I keep the without times to a quick change of syrup or a...
  24. Thread: Cohabitation?

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    Cohabitation?

    Is it possible for two queens to exist peacefully in the same hive?

    I decided to get a nuc to boost the population of my hive as it just wasn't doing very well. With the nuc came a queen and the...
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    Re: How many bees do you smoosh?

    I usually reap about 4 or 5 on an inspection. At this point, it typically comes from them not getting out of the way when I'm moving the frames back into position. I've gotten good at offsetting...
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