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    Might be in Trouble...

    Checked both of my hives yesterday and there was little to no brood in both of them. The bottom super in one hive was completely empty. Bees have started to backfill the brood chambers. I did a...
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    Re: Honey is Dark and Strong...

    PM sent.
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    Re: Honey is Dark and Strong...

    Just got off the phone with my beek neighbor and he told me that he had an early harvest that was really dark and strong. He suspects that was buckwheat. He described it as "black as Guiness beer"...
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    Re: Honey is Dark and Strong...

    Living in central IL, soybeans and corn are everywhere. What is strange is that last year the honey was golden colored and mild flavored. Same hives. Same location.

    No pics, as I poured the...
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    Honey is Dark and Strong...

    Good news is that I was able to pull 17 full frames of honey off both of my hives. Bad news is the honey is mahogany brown and has a very strong flavor. Any idea what they have been into that...
  6. Re: Getting Ready for Winter - Got a Few Questions...

    Thanks for the advice. That addage sounds reasonable. Taking it a step further, if there are frames in the brood boxes that are not fully drawn and filled with honey, would it be prudent to replace...
  7. Getting Ready for Winter - Got a Few Questions...

    Second winter is coming up and I have a few questions. Both of my hives are strong and doing relatively well storing honey. Last winter, my plans were to build a windblock, push the two hives...
  8. Re: what to do with an old rotten hive with bees in it

    I am not sure that the genetics of the hive really matters. What jumps out a me is the opportunity for the OP to score an obvioulsy productive hive for free. Whether it is a swarm that found the...
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    Re: Bee hive on pond dam

    Given the distance that bees forage, they would have to be awfully overloaded and tired to splash down in the pond.

    I have my hives sitting on a small knoll about 10 yards from the bank of my 3...
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    Keep Empty Mediums on Hive?

    My two hives have survived their first winter. A few weeks ago, I switched the top and bottom boxes (three mediums), as the cluster was pretty much in the top box. The other day, I was filling...
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    Re: Mold in my feeder

    It is not my intent to be argumentative, but what is the benefit dervied or rationale for recommending that the OP not using diluted bleach? I understand the need to make sure that the bees get...
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    Re: Mold in my feeder

    Clean the feeder and then start adding 4/5 tsp of plain bleach to each gallon of syrup. Keeps your feeder clean and the bees do not mind (they drink out of swimming pools). I was starting to get...
  13. Question on New Queen and Brood Pattern

    Bees superceded my package queen. New queen just started to lay and the ditribution of brood is nothing close to consistent. Lots of uncapped larva and what appears to be drone cells all over. ...
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    Re: Feeding: In My Sugar Water bad???

    I had a problem with my top feeders molding slightly. I read where you can add 4/5 tsp of bleach per gallon of syrup and it disinfects the bottles and helps extend the life of the syrup.
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  15. Re: Supercedure Did Not Work? Time to Order a New Queen?

    Thanks. So if I put a frame of brood in the hive, what would I look for? New supercedure cells?
  16. Supercedure Did Not Work? Time to Order a New Queen?

    Close to a month ago I had a queen fail and supercedure on a new package install. I inspected the hive today and they are still drawing frames and storing pollen. Problem is that there is...
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    Re: Fixing drifting

    Probably is a contributing factor. I made the mistake of installing all three packages at the same time and eventually, when the cloud of bees dissipated, the hive in the middle had the absolute...
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    Re: Fixing drifting

    This is what I intend to do. I installed three packages this spring. The hives were all in a row about two feet apart. Surprisingly, the middle hive is the one that had the majority of the bees in...
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    Found a Feral Hive. Now what?

    Found a feral hive in a walnut tree yesterday while mowing grass in my GF's pasture. The hive entrance is through a callous at the bottom of the tree. The hive is quite active, with hundreds of...
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    Inspecting Multiple Boxes...

    Put a second medium on one of my new hives yesterday. I was curious how to inspect the two boxes. In particular, after I go through the top box, do I just take it off the bottom box and put it on...
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    Re: Package Swarming Ten Days After Install?

    Thanks for the quick repsonses. I have to admit that I was freaking out a bit. Do I need to do anything other than making sure that they have open frames and a full syrup bottle

    Any ideas why...
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    Package Swarming Ten Days After Install?

    Installed a package in a 10 frame medium ten days ago. Checked the queen after five days and set her free into the middle of the bees and frames. Did my first inspection this afternoon and found...
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    Re: Hive feeder bottles

    I am currently using quart Mason jars with a half dozen nail holes in the lid through a hole in a migratory cover. I tip them upside down until the vacuum forms and then put them in place. Been less...
  24. Re: Paint selection - Interior vs Exterior and "Barn Paint"

    I painted my new hives with an acrylic barn paint that I bought from Menard's. Set the hives out in the pasture about two weeks before the bees arrived. Yesterday, I noticed that the covers had...
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    Re: What are my bees doing VIDEO

    I think I saw one at 8 seconds and around 22 seconds. Are they just robbing or is there something else going on?

    Should there be three boxes on after a month? I know that you started with a nuc,...
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