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    I think I have a laying worker...

    I went through one of my hives today and I think I have a laying worker(s). I didn't spot a queen and all I could see was capped drone comb, and actually saw a couple drones crawling around. I also...
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    Re: How to clean up a deadout?

    I have 7 mediums (70 frames) that came off the 2 deadouts. Alot of the frames are covered in dead bees, dripping honey, etc. I do want to use some for splits/swarms and letting the bees clean them...
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    Re: How to clean up a deadout?

    The bees are dead. I only have 2 remaining hives.
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    How to clean up a deadout?

    This is the beginning of my second year, so my first time having to deal with hives that didn't make it through the winter. I had two deadouts and as I broke them down, I came up with the following...
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    Re: First year hives will not swarm?

    I'm familiar with the concept of checkerboarding. I've never had a chance to try it yet, but I have read that some people do not do it because you shouldn't disrupt the brood frames. My biggest...
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    Re: First year hives will not swarm?

    I don't really want to encourage them to swarm, but based on my limited experience if they start building swarm cells, they're gonna swarm...unless you do something to change their mind. The first...
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    Re: Bee Package coming 2nd week in april.

    Don't do what I did...here's a first time package installation nightmare for you:

    I will start by mentioning I volunteered to make the two hour trip to pick up packages for several local...
  8. Minimal entrance activity, mix of live and dead bees throughout hive

    I was watching my 4 hives today as temps went above 50. 2 had a lot of entrance activity, 2 don't (some but very little).

    I popped the lid of one and there is poop on top of inner cover, and in...
  9. Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    I've read every post in this thread. I am not an expert by any stretch, and I read a lot of posts that made good sense....and some that didn't. Why does it sound to me like mperry89 just got raked...
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    Re: First year hives will not swarm?

    I hived 2 packages last Spring on April 27th. One of them would not fill the outer two frames of the initial medium brood box...I added a 2nd medium and moved a frame from the bottom box up to try...
  11. Re: first cutout coming up - some advice please

    Thanks for the offer on the bee vac, David. I'll keep that in mind.

    I talked to the owner yesterday and he said he hasn't been in the house for a couple years because the bees hive entrance is...
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    March Hive Check - post them here

    How are everyone's hives doing as we are trying to roll out of Winter? I'm ecstatic that I still have all four of mine alive and well...come on Spring!!!
  13. first cutout coming up - some advice please

    I just got my first lead on doing a cutout. It is in an old house that is being gutted and renovated...haven't been there to actually inspect the actual situation yet.

    I've read a recent thread...
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    Re: Just ordered some Lemongrass oil

    Got ya all beat... I just sneak it out of my wife's essential oil collection :) lol
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    Re: flowers for bees

    Thanks for all the replies and suggested flowers. I do realize my small area will not make a significant difference...I believe I read somewhere that bees have to visit 2 million flowers to produce...
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    flowers for bees

    we are downsizing our garden and I have a 30' X 30' section of tilled land that I thought would be a good place to plant some flowers for the bees. Any suggestion on the best type to plant? I live...
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    Bee poop on top of inner cover

    First warm day of the year here and I was checking hives. One of them I noticed had some bee poop on the top side of the inner cover. Not alot, but I didn't think they would poop in the hive. Is...
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    Winter issues - how to remedy?

    I have a couple hives I think need some assistance, but given the cold weather, I'm not sure if it would be good to open them to assist.

    Issue 1:
    One hive I peeked in and there was condensation...
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    Re: Hive entrances clogged with cadavers

    Sounds good. Thanks for the infp.
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    Hive entrances clogged with cadavers

    I've got 4 hives that are still hanging in there, but the entrances tend to get clogged up with dead bees. Maybe it's just too cold for the undertakers to get them all cleared out. What I want to...
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    Re: Hive check (post them here)

    Checked mine yesterday. I'm feeling lucky....all 4 of mine are still alive. One was light, so I dry fed. Another had the bees up top right under the inner cover so I fed it as well. ...we got a...
  22. Re: How do I know if I need to winter feed...and what is the best method?

    I checked all 4 hives today and was glad to see they were all still full of live bees! I tried hefting the back of the hives... one was fairly light, so I fed them dry sugar right on the top of the...
  23. Re: How do I know if I need to winter feed...and what is the best method?

    I have to agree with this comment. I originally posted asking how and when to winter feed, and thanks to those that answered those questions. But now I'm worried I've got condensation issues,...
  24. Re: How do I know if I need to winter feed...and what is the best method?

    Thanks psfred,

    I don't think it is mice as I have metal mouse guards on each hive. I do have wooden inner covers I could swap out, but some of your comments seem contradictory. You indicate the...
  25. Re: How do I know if I need to winter feed...and what is the best method?

    I had talked to people who had used the screened bottom boards all winter in this area and they said it was fine. I also put a 5 foot tall solid wood fence on the north and west sides and put a row...
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