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  1. Re: Bees seems to cluster in the same spot...

    We have lots of ventilation (holes drilled in hive, screened entrance, propped cover), yep, doing it all I think. I will double check everything and thank you for reminding me. It is hot today, and...
  2. Re: Bees seems to cluster in the same spot...

    Bumping this up as I am curious too. This happened to me last year and one day (about a week into it) the hive did swarm. We managed to catch it. That was my first year and I had only had the...
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    Re: Should I combine?

    Thank you for the advice. I will get on it.
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    Should I combine?

    I have two weak hives that I really am surprised have gotten as far as they have. They are approximately 100 yards from each other. Hive one had few bees left after the winter but seemed to be...
  5. Thread: What is it?

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    Re: What is it?

    Not since early fall and everything looked fine and they seemed strong - stronger than my other hive which did great.
  6. Thread: What is it?

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    Re: What is it?

    I am sure there are tons of dead bees at the bottom of the hive, just too early to switch things around and do the spring upkeep. From my quick peek in removing frames I could see them on the next...
  7. Thread: What is it?

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    Re: What is it?

    I just googled it and yep, that's it. Phew.
    Now, what to do about this hive...
  8. Thread: What is it?

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    Re: What is it?

    Wish I could submit photos but not an option for me.

    Since I don't have one my immediate questions are:
    Can pollen have a semi-liquid state in the beginning? I am wondering if the colour is from...
  9. Thread: What is it?

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    Re: What is it?

    Other than this afternoon about 5 days ago. There were some eggs then (a surprise as I had not seen any sign of a queen prior) and a bit of larvae. It was a quick check then and I didn't have time...
  10. Thread: What is it?

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    What is it?

    I have a hive that is obviously on its way out. In checking it today there were some greenish/brown cells near where the larvae/eggs are. The capped brood looks normal in shape/colour but some do...
  11. Thread: Confused

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    Re: Confused

    Thanks everyone - wish I had read the rules for the forum first which would have answered my question - but the wisdom of you all is much better anyway :).
  12. Thread: Confused

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    Confused

    So, as a new beekeeper trying to find my way...
    Treatment free means NO treatment right? Or does it include powdered sugar shakes and essential oils and such?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Newbie questions

    Welcome to beekeeping! Montpelier is a beautiful place and I hope (expect) your bees to be very happy there.

    It sounds like your wax frames are not properly assembled and/or have the wax...
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    Re: Newbie questions

    What they came with. It looks pine to us. They came premade - poorly that is. We were told they would be ready to use and no other beefing up was needed. No glue, barely any nails, only minimal...
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    Re: Newbie questions

    Wait, I do have more questions!

    I put a sticky board on the bottom and no mites were noted after 3 days. How often do you check with the screened bottom board?
    When should I add drone...
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    Newbie questions

    Hello,
    We are totally new to beekeeping and our mentor has moved far away. Please help!
    Yesterday I checked our 2 new hives - we picked up the nucs last week. Both nucs have plastic foundation...
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    Replacing lost hives

    This may seem like a silly question, especially since I am not even faced with it yet. But...for those who live in New England or northern states:
    How do you know to order new packages or nucs to...
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    Re: Hello from Vermont

    Thanks everyone for the welcome and wish me luck! Now the fun begins - which hives to buy, package or nuc, mites and other critters and spores...and of course enjoying the bees themselves and...
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    Hello from Vermont

    Hi,
    I have wanted bees since I was a little girl and my grandmother had a few hives. My family and I are finally in a good place and am committed to doing it - we are planning on starting this...
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