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    Re: Treated wood

    Why do you paint the inside? Just curious.
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    Re: How much is enough?

    I stopped feeding last week. I see them bringing in pollen so I assume they have access to nectar as well. I wanted them to start prepping on their own so they could slow down brood production. I...
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    Does painting really stop SHB?

    I read somewhere on here that if you paint the INTERIOR of your hive, it curbs or eliminates hive beetles. I was curious to know if the guy that said that was crazy :o or if there are a fair number...
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    Re: How much is enough?

    According to my local beekeeping association, I am supposed to reverse supers so the broodnest is in the lower super....based on what I have heard from you guys it seems I could reverse or leave it...
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    Re: How much is enough?

    So I should move those lower frames up? They have more brood frames above than below...or would I just reverse the supers? Do many of you do this in the fall?
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    Re: How much is enough?

    If much of their stores are in the lower deep, will they work down to them? Or do I need to move those frames up? I would hope 50lbs of sugar (6-8 frames nectar/honey) over 4 weeks would be enough...
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    Re: How much is enough?

    But will the bees curb their numbers on their own or will they continue to raise brood as long as I continue to feed? I've heard that four frames of nectar/honey might be enough for a two deep hive...
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    Re: How much is enough?

    So if there isn't a set number of frames, and the hive weight seems ambiguous...how can you be sure you don't feed the bees into either swarming or making them think they have extra nectar so they...
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    Re: How much is enough?

    How easy would it lift? Does anyone measure by the number of frames of honey?
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    How much is enough?

    I checked my 2 deep carniolan hive today and after a few weeks of feeding 2:1 syrup I have two frames up top with honey (3/4 capped) and 4-6 frames in the bottom full of nectar some capped. Can is...
  11. "Experts Weigh In" When does honey crystallize?

    I've heard that natural nectar honey will not crystallize but that honey made from sugar water/syrup will. Any truth to that?
  12. Re: Is it possible to have too many bees heading into winter?

    They still forage although not as many come in with pollen lately. The number of bees bearding has seemingly gone down. I noticed upon inspection that there were several frames with empty comb so I...
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    Re: Can you cook sugar syrup too long?

    I use 2:1 because it makes it easier on the bees to store it since the water content is lower. I tried 1:1 for several weeks and had little stores made but switched to 2:1 and after about 9 days had...
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    Can you cook sugar syrup too long?

    I forgot about a sugar syrup batch I was making and I came back to a slow boil. I was a 2:1 sugar syrup. Can I still serve it up or do I need to remake it? I've heard that if you burn or over cook...
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    Am I supposed to have drone brood?

    I thought all the drones died out (or get kicked out) in late summer (at least they should in my area).

    Is it normal to have capped drone brood in a few corners of a some frames?
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    Re: Where can I find gallon feeder jars?

    Can anyone post a paint can feeder picture in action?
  17. Re: Is it possible to have too many bees heading into winter?

    I inspected the hive yesterday. There is still quite a bit of capped brood and several spots of capped drone brood near the edges of a few frames (I assume that's ok?).

    Only one full frame of...
  18. Re: Is it possible to have too many bees heading into winter?

    I've been feeding a 2:1 out of a jar with 50+ holes in it. They empty nearly a quart a day! I will inspect tomorrow (rain is coming here) and check on available stores. If they have some frames full...
  19. Re: Is it possible to have too many bees heading into winter?

    Should I continue to feed? When I inspected 9 days ago there were frames of brood with capped honey near the corners, but very few (if any) full frames of capped honey. In a two deep hive is honey at...
  20. Is it possible to have too many bees heading into winter?

    Piedmont, NC Zone 7a

    Every night (and most of the day to some degree) the girls have been bearding on the hive. Last night after a huge rain storm there were more bees than ever on the hive (i'm...
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    Bees massing at night...uh-oh or ok?

    Piedmont NC, 73 degrees outside, 10:45pm at night. They have been doing this for the last few weeks but tonight is the most I'v seen. Usually it's half to 3/4 this number. Why are they there and is...
  22. Re: How many holes is too many? Feeding bees

    I see bubbles coming up but only after they have started to use it....
  23. How many holes is too many? Feeding bees

    I have a quart mason jar with about 70+ small holes in the 3-inch diameter lid. I have noticed that the bees go through the quart in less than 12 hours but never find any excess sugar water around or...
  24. European Hornet Carrying Off my Bees!!

    I was changing the sugar water today and noticed a European Hornet hovering around the hive entrance. Several bees would go up to attack it and it would grab one and fly away with it! Obviously I...
  25. Re: Too Much Sugar? Swarming? Hive Beetles?

    Did the inspection today. Found one frame with at least 10 adult beetles on it but NO sign of larvae anywhere in the hive or on any other frames. Took the frame of comb out, brushed bees off, and...
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