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    Lots of bees, no capped honey, no brood...

    Tonight, I checked what had been my best (among three) hive a little less than a month ago. It had a lot of bees, many frames of capped honey, quite a bit of capped brood, larvae and eggs. Now there...
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    Re: Laying workers?

    So, any time there is non-drone capped brood, then there must have been a laying queen in the past 3 weeks?
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    Laying workers?

    I am trying to figure out if one of my two hives is queenless. I have failed to see one for several weeks now. I have noticed no eggs or small larvae for at least 3 weeks until a couple of days ago...
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    Huge hive, but no queen?

    I am a 2nd year beek. I have a new hive started from a package in March, which is doing well, and a huge hive from a package last year. It is on 2 deeps. I harvested half of a shallow super a week...
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    Re: Name That Plant

    This plant in in full bloom now (west central GA) and the bees love it. It grows along the roadside. Any idea what it is?2094
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    Re: Flat, smooth foundation?

    Thanks, sqkcrk. I think I will try it - my curiosity usually makes me explore widely!
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    Re: Flat, smooth foundation?

    Thanks, Michael. Is there any way to get them to reuse the wax? I read somewhere they will rework it if it is put out in front of the hive, but when I have tried it with small chunks, they don't. I...
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    Re: Flat, smooth foundation?

    I'm in my second year, and just did my first harvest. So, I have some wax. I like the idea of foundationless frames and will explore that, but I figured that if I could easily make flat foundation,...
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    Re: Flat, smooth foundation?

    It would be cheap and easy to make - just curious what would happen.
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    Flat, smooth foundation?

    What happens when flat, smooth foundation is used? Does it work, or do the bees really need the hexagonal indentations to build upon?
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    Re: Telescoping vs. migratory covers?

    Thanks for the replies - I decided to order a couple of M covers and see how I like them. I guess I am drawn by economy.
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    Telescoping vs. migratory covers?

    I am into my second year of beekeeping. I have 2 hives currently, and will probably gradually ramp up so that it might become an additional post-retirement income in another 10 years or so....
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    Re: flower

    Are the leaves a bit shiny?
  14. Re: Honey super stacking order and frame foundation type for comb vs. honey productio

    I am a beginner - I have 2 hives that are both doing nicely so far. I just discovered that I must have accidentally ordered shallow frames but medium supers last Fall. I am just now putting them...
  15. Re: After wanting to do so for 40, I'm a beekeeper!

    I went to americasbeekeeper.com and found this statement:
    "Never put supers of foundation above a queen excluder."
    I did that last year, and again about 3 weeks ago - not a single cell drawn out!...
  16. After wanting to do so for 40, I'm a beekeeper!

    Hello! My name is Ken Spitze. I live in Carrollton, GA. I actually became a biologist because, at age 16, I read an article about honeybees. Now, after wanting to have bees for 40 years, I finally...
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