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    Re: My overwinter setup

    This is a hive I bought from a local beekeeper. It was a double stack but he condensed them down to a single deep.
    I would rather feed all winter than not have any bees come spring.
    If a few bees...
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    Re: My overwinter setup

    Correct it is not my only bathroom. It stays cold in that part of the house.



    This is mainly a short term solution since the temperature was supposed to be above freezing and I wake up...
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    Re: My overwinter setup

    Thanks, I live alone, and am tired of loosing hives all the time.
    Lost 3 this year already. 2 of my packages had a bum queen so they were doomed from the start. 1 got vandalized or they swarmed. ...
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    My overwinter setup

    Well, This may be kind of drastic to some folks, but I was not going to be able to overwinter them in the shed.
    So... To avoid the cold snap I have a 4 foot plastic drain pipe that connects the...
  5. Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    Vandalism to my bee hives during a House Robbery. I think it indicates I have a new bee species, Apis Mellifera Magister (Italian Guard Bees)...
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    Re: Hive Deadout

    This is the link to my previous post.
    They were correct that it was already robbed out and the bees taking their bounty...
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?317133-Beehive-Robbing
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    Re: Beehive Robbing

    Thanks, they were the robber bees taking their bounty.
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    Re: Beehive Robbing

    Unfortunately you are correct,
    I came home and found no bees...
    No Honey on the frames,
    Nothing left but some ants ...
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    Hive Deadout

    Strange I come home from work and am noticing that no activity is in front of my hive.
    There are 3 hives and 2 of the weak ones seem to have survived. The 1 strong 2 story hive has died out.
    Not...
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    Re: Beehive Robbing

    no there was no swarm that I could see. I think it would be different if there was a swarm cause I would see lots more bees. But I will keep an eye out.

    Thanks
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    Re: Beehive Robbing

    Ok that makes sense also. I think it was really hot back then but it is good news that the bees will have survived the heat wave to produce another wave of new ones. I am touchy since last year at...
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    Beehive Robbing

    I came home today to see a lot of activity in front of the hive. I wonder if my hive was getting robbed out because of the "agitated" behavior.

    I took video:...
  13. Why my hive (Pasqualina) not doing well?

    I Inspected today and here is what I found:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YClFiM65h64
    5-25-2015 Inspection. This package was installed 4-15-15. Not sure why there are almost no bees in it....
  14. Re: Do bees prefer new drawn out comb to old drawn out comb?

    I am trying to figure this out myself. I usually have old drawn comb since I have had many hives die out over the several years I have been keeping bees. I clean out my old comb first before giving...
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    Re: Feeder Jar Idea

    One of the things I try to do is give them syrup when it is at 95 degrees so they can take it more easily. I usually heat it up so it is at temperature and then give it to them warm. I think they...
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    Feeder Jar Idea

    I am using the Entrance feeders, and I was never able to get the lids that came with those entrance feeders to fit on my Spaghetti Jars, so I discovered a new jar to use.
    It is a Planters Peanut jar...
  17. Re: hived my first two packages today

    Hi Mariah,
    I got 3 packages today and did the same thing except I had gloves, and jacket with veil.
    I videotaped and took photos. You should post some of your photos.
    Yes it is normal to have a...
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    Re: BeeHive Deadout?

    Well, if they are dead then that is the 4th hive to die out on me this year.
    I need to harvest the honey, and get ready for more packages next spring.
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    Re: BeeHive Deadout?

    I didn't see any movement. I did not look too close as I didn't want to disturb a cluster that might be hanging on.
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    Re: BeeHive Deadout?

    No there was no activity. But last winter they appeared to not have any activity and there was a thriving colony inside.
    I think when it is warmer in the day I will check to see if any activity. I...
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    Re: BeeHive Deadout?

    Here is a look at them in the shed. and I added sugar and dry pollen mix. There appears to be 2 full frames of honey.
    I am hoping they will warm up and become active enough to get food on an...
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    BeeHive Deadout?

    I am trying to figure out what happened to my bees and if I still have a cluster below.
    After thanksgiving it slipped down to 20 degrees a few nights with a high still below 40. That was only a few...
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    Re: Merry CHristmas!

    Merry Christmas and ...
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    Re: William Bouguereau's Bees

    This painting was just uncovered after over 100 years of gathering dust in his grand children's attic...
    http://i920.photobucket.com/albums/ad46/disc999golfer999/inside.jpg
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    William Bouguereau's Bees

    I didn't know but William Bouguereau was a beekeeper!
    http://i920.photobucket.com/albums/ad46/disc999golfer999/cover.jpg
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