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    Taking a year off - what to do with hives

    This was my third year beekeeping and I haven't been able to successfully overwinter my hives. I thought with the mild winter we had, plus not taking off any honey, my bees would have made it...
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    Deformed wing virus vs Mites.. or both?

    I have two hives. One is strong and the other isn't. I've been a really bad beekeeper this year... more like a bee-have-er. Anyway, there are hundreds of bees with deformed wings being ejected...
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    how late can one requeen?

    I am thinking about requeening, and was wondering how late one can requeen in the fall? I guess it depends on if the queen suppliers actually have queens, but when do most people do this, how about...
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    Re: First Look in the Hive

    Watch that beard! Every time I have a longer beard and go in without a helmet/veil on, I get one buzzing in my beard, somehow they make it down to the skin and stick me one. Of course, your bees...
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    Does anyone have evodia seeds

    I am ISO evodia seeds. If anyone has them, please contact me. Many thanks.
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    I actually still have the entrance reducer on...

    I actually still have the entrance reducer on (not the smallest opening, the one up from that), and I've only seen one hive beetle in my hive, and that was last year. My hives are four stories up on...
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    Bottom box filled with pollen and honey

    A few days ago, I went into one of my hives that went queenless, and went searching for a new queen. I did find the queen and she is laying, but I am concerned. I currently have a bottom box being...
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    So are you saying that in February they would...

    So are you saying that in February they would have cleaned them out? Can I wait till next february and put them on my hives then? Could I make a split off one of my current hives, and give the new...
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    leftover frames

    I have a bunch of frames from a deadout, and they have crystallized honey and some granulated sugar on and in them. Should I spray these out with water, then give to the bees to clean up? If I...
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    yet another extractor question

    I have only a few hives (3 right now), and did crush and strain, but hate the idea of crushing the bees handiwork. I want to get an extractor and am thinking along the lines of a Maxant 3100h vs....
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    Just a little pet peeve of mine... It's LYME...

    Just a little pet peeve of mine... It's LYME disease (as in LYME, Connecticut) not LYMES. For dogs, you can also use a preventik collar, works really well in conjunction with Frontline. You CANNOT...
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    frames for new package of bees

    I just got two new 3# packages of bees, going to install tomorrow. I have three kinds of frames from a dead out that starved, and was wondering what to start them on. I have frames that are filled...
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    I thought that I read that if you put it in a box...

    I thought that I read that if you put it in a box above the inner cover (but under the telescoping cover, as you would feed), that the bees will still see that as outside the hive and clean it up -...
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    explain this behavior

    I had some frames of honey from a dead out (starvation) that I wanted to feed back to another hive, but I didn't want to open up the other hive, so I put a frame next to the hive thinking that the...
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    moving a hive

    I have hives on my rooftop and I recently built a deck on there so that I can keep the bees on a level surface. I have one hive currently about 20 feet from the deck and would like to move it onto...
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    good for butterflies = good for bees?

    I see many plants that advertise good for butterflies/ hummingbirds, but very few saying good for bees. I guess part of it is that there isn't really a public outcry for more bees in their gardens...
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    type of sugar for dusting

    I remember reading somewhere that you do NOT want to use confectioners sugar, since it has corn starch in it, but that's all I can find in the stores around here. Is this right? Does someone have a...
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    what to do with dead bees?

    I was just cleaning out a hive that died (I am pretty sure it starved since there was a nice sized cluster with about half the bees face down in the cells...), and I was wondering if there was...
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    Small time extractor

    I am really small time. I had two hives and this year, want to startup another, so three total. Last year, did crush and strain, but I really don't need the wax and want my bees to spend time...
  20. Thread: dead hive

    by aircooled
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    dead hive

    I have a hive that appears to have died. Looks like they kinda petered out, then there is a small cluster that looks like it froze (they were sitting right on some honey reserves).

    Can I leave...
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    I'd imagine this would be near impossible. I...

    I'd imagine this would be near impossible. I know that for pets, the RFID chip is about the size of a rice grain, and I would think that either it would be detrimental to glue this to a queen, or...
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    I wonder how bees would feel about cannabis? I...

    I wonder how bees would feel about cannabis?

    I like the idea of burrowing pots in my lawn and watering them that way, but when I mean I am in the city, I mean, real city, like, I don't have a...
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    Pot planting for bees

    I am located in the city. I have a small plot that I am going to be planting flowers in this year (for me and the bees), but I also want to grow stuff in pots. The problem is that I am not good at...
  24. Thread: moving bees

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    couldn't you just move the whole hive as one...

    couldn't you just move the whole hive as one piece (using one of those lifter gadgets) in the dead of winter when they wouldn't be going outside at all?
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    I've had a SBB in place since day one. I don't...

    I've had a SBB in place since day one. I don't know what happened to these girls. The other hive I have isn't half as bad. I feel bad killing them all and don't need the honey, so I'll leave it...
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