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    Dealing with laying worker hive

    Hi - I have 2 hives started from packages this spring, here in PA. My hives last year didn't make it, so both colonies started off with plenty of drawn comb and stored honey.

    One colony is doing...
  2. Crush and strain extraction - what to do with the remnant wax?

    Hi All,

    I'm extracting honey for the first time, my hives didn't make the winter, but I have a lot of capped honey so I pulled off a few frames to extract. I figure it will give me motivation to...
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    Re: Bees not taking syrup?

    I've got a pile of supers on both hives (pic attached of hives from about a month ago, config is the same as now). Top 1 or 2 supers on each are either new or only partly drawn. When I put them on in...
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    Re: Bees not taking syrup?

    I have top feeders on both hives. I haven't been into the hives in a few weeks (not any easier now that i've got feeders full of syrup on top), but last time I was in there I had plenty of frames for...
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    Bees not taking syrup?

    I've got 2 hives here in PA. I'd been feeding my hives in the early fall, and both were sucking down syrup at a pretty good pace. I filled both feeders with syrup 2 weeks ago. In the meantime, the...
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    Re: My bees.... were dead and now are alive!

    Following an inspection today, I can report that my bees did not, in fact, return from the dead. The bees hanging around the hive were robbers.

    On the bright side, there didn't seem to be too many...
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    Re: My bees.... were dead and now are alive!

    I am suspicious too that I could have robbers, but the bees I've seen don't seem to be bustling in and bustling off with the honey. They seem to be hanging around the hive. If I rap on the hive good,...
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    My bees.... were dead and now are alive!

    I started 2 hives last year here in Pennsylvania. As of late February, I believed hive A was dead (no sound or activity on a warmish day), but hive B was still alive. I ordered a package of bees for...
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    Re: My syrup turned rock hard

    I reheated my pitchers until I could dump everything back into my big pot, and then slowly warmed it up until it went to syrup, then added lemon juice. Cooling on the stove now-- hopefully stays that...
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    My syrup turned rock hard

    I made up a batch of 2:1 syrup last night, poured it out into plastic pitchers and let it cool. Came home from work today intending to take it out to pour into my feeders, and it's rock hard. Doh!
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    Re: Odd smell in one hive... ?

    Thanks for all the comments. I feel better about things. Judging by my allergies, I think there has been a lot of goldenrod this year, especially with all the rain and mild temps here in PA which has...
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    Odd smell in one hive... ?

    I have 2 hives, both started from packages in the spring. Both have been doing well, I've got a bunch of supers piled on each. I've been determined not to repeat my mistake last year, when my starter...
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    Re: Lots of drone brood on one frame

    Ok, thanks for the comments! Just my 2nd year, and my 1st yr hive didn't make it past jan 1, so still learning.
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    Lots of drone brood on one frame

    2nd year beekeeper. I was out inspecting the hives yesterday, and 2 points of note:

    #1 - my one hive is feisty! 2 days ago one of them came right after me as I approached the hive and stung me on...
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    Re: Tale of 2 hives - requeening question

    Thanks for the advice given on this thread. Partly because of other time-sucking obligations, and partly because I wanted to see what would happen, I took no action on this hive over the past week. I...
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    Re: Tale of 2 hives - requeening question

    The drone brood appeared in maybe 2 or 3 different sections through 10 frames - this hive uses only medium supers.

    I like the idea of transferring in a frame of brood from my strong hive, which...
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    Tale of 2 hives - requeening question

    Hi, it's my 2nd year beekeeping. My hive starved out during the last cold winter, so I started this year with 2 packages in early May. They both get a head start since I had many frames of drawn comb...
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    Re: Catching swarms - the odds?

    Thanks for all those replies. I'm surprised how high the success rate is for some of you, I would've guessed it was much harder.

    When you guys talk about driving around and putting out a bunch of...
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    Catching swarms - the odds?

    Hi

    I started with my first hive last May, unfortunately found I had a dead out 2 weeks ago. So starting over this spring, planning to do 2 hives this time, so I'm preparing to get packages on...
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    Re: dead hive how do I clean it up

    Hi guys,

    Jumping in on this thread... I went back to check my hive today (Jan 1) since our weather here in PA finally got mild. Hive is dead. I believe it's due to not enough bees / cold temps /...
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    Re: Oct 23, in PA - should I be seeing brood?

    OK status update - after being away for the past week, I was able to do a full inspection today (Oct 30). Happy to report that I found my queen as well as a small amount of brood. My hive config at...
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    Re: Oct 23, in PA - should I be seeing brood?

    The bees seemed to be concentrated in the middle 3-4 frames of the bottom box (a medium super). Above that is a hive body which is 10 full frames of mostly capped honey, decent number of bees there....
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    Oct 23, in PA - should I be seeing brood?

    Hi,

    I started my hive from a package in May, things have been pretty good all summer. I've got a hive body and a medium which are mostly packed with honey. I had a 2nd medium on top which they...
  24. Re: No honey yet? Normal for a 60-day old package?

    Just did an inspection today, this time with an experienced beekeeper I mete through our local bee club helping me out. Since I started feeding syrup several days ago (and with nice weather), it's...
  25. Re: No honey yet? Normal for a 60-day old package?

    For the record, I put a half gallon of syrup in the feeder last night, and they pretty much had drank it all down by this evening. Added another half gallon tonight...

    Everything turning green...
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