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    Top Entrance

    Hi all,

    I switched one of my hives to a top entrance Thursday around 9 am and blocked the bottom entrance. I did not see any bees coming out the top all day nor Friday evening. This morning I...
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    Queenless?

    Hello all,

    First thanks so much to everyone who responded to my last post about defensive bees. They settled down. I also bought a jacket, veil and gloves from Brushy Mountain. Best money I have...
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    Re: defensive bees

    Thanks for all your advice. It was my second inspection of the brood nest and I did twist the top three boxes, removed them together, and then checked the bottom box. Very little smoked was used on...
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    Re: defensive bees

    Paul,
    Thanks! I think 10 or so. I know it's not a lot but the reaction was night and day different from the last time I opened them up. I agree with you about learning to use smoke. I was moving...
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    Re: defensive bees

    Yes I did smoke them.
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    defensive bees

    Hello,

    I attempted to inspect one of my hives today and the bees were extremely defensive. So much so that I had to leave the hive. I had about 10 or so clinging to me and brought them into my...
  7. Re: nuc hived in 10 frame with top entrance

    Thanks! So I should shake the bees off the frames in the second medium and pull the drawn frames off until they build out the deep and the medium? I can do when it is above 50 degrees right?
  8. nuc hived in 10 frame with top entrance

    Hi all,

    I have a question about a nuc I hived into a 10 frame Langstroth. First, I have a thick skin so if I did something stupid, tell me! I want to learn. No need to be mean but I do enjoy a...
  9. Re: Treatment-Free, Winter 2012-2013, How's it going?

    So far my winter here in Zone 8a went well. I started the winter with one full size hive and one nuc and both survived. I am planning on putting them in medium and not deeps soon but they are...
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    Re: Shriveled wing seen in one bee

    Hi Michael,

    Thank you for the advice! I appreciate it. I didn't open the hive much as I thought it was kinda cold to do so. I may have a chance later next week depending on the weather.
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    Re: Shriveled wing seen in one bee

    Hi Oldtimer,

    No I did not open the hive since it was breezy and in the mid-40's. I thought that was too cold to go through the frames. When I put the dry sugar on them I did not see any...
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    Shriveled wing seen in one bee

    Hello all,

    I have posted before but have not replied much as life got busy and weird for awhile. Here is my situation and thanks in advance to all who may reply.

    I live in Southeast Virginia...
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    Bee Behavior

    Hi all,

    I have one hive and one nuc in my backyard. The nuc was from a split I made off of the parent hive in June. The parent hive is one deep and two mediums. The second medium is 10 frames of...
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    Re: Recommendation for books

    Bee Curious,

    What is cyser? Can you make it gluten-free? Also, if you make it and mead and/or beer have you ever made those beverages without using wheat, barley, or rye? I am a celiac and so...
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    Recommendation for books

    Hey ya'll,

    We have our first hive of bees and my friend gave me some cappings from when he extracted this year. I would like to make candles and soap this winter. Can anyone recommend good books...
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    Hive Inspection and questions

    Morning ya'll,

    I am a first year beek with one hive and thought I would go through it yesterday to see if there was any honey I could extract. I had peeked down through the combs last week and...
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    Re: Large Black Ants

    Thanks! I'll try to pick up some more cinnamon today!
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    Re: Large Black Ants

    Thanks Barry. I looked in the hive yesterday and did not see any on the inner cover.
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    Re: Honey Gate?

    Thanks DeeAnna! I have a Southern States near me and I'll ask them.
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    Re: Honey Gate?

    Thanks Rader. I'll look those up and see if they work. I did find a honey gate on Ebay and shipping was only 5.00 instead of 10.00 so that might be the way I'll go.
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    Re: Equipment Building Question

    I use pine for mine as well. I've been told that bees don't really care as long as the lumber is not treated. Oak would be heavy and a pine deep is going to weigh close to 90 lbs. when full of...
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    Honey Gate?

    Hey ya'll,

    I am first year beek and was given a 10 frame nuc this spring and they have built up fast and have some honey that I think is ready to go now. The girls are in one deep, three mediums,...
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    Re: Honeyflow question

    +1 on the once a week checking. I'm a new beek this year and have one hive in my backyard. I live in a neighborhood so I check the girls on a weekday so they don't bother the neighbors if I do...
  24. Re: Thanks for having me, new member from Norfolk

    Hey Chip,

    Welcome! I'm a new beek this year as well and live in Chesapeake. This is a great site and I have found the folks to be very helpful.
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    Re: Large Black Ants

    Thanks Claudia. I'll try the cinnamon. I asked JD as well, but how do you feed your bees and keep the ants away at the same time?
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