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    Dead Bees & Absconding?

    Hi All,
    Posting for a friend, and also because it is the second report of this nature I have received...situations almost identical. Both situations are hobbyist beekeepers, one having 10 or 15...
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    Re: Deformed Wing--Will Not Treat but Need Help

    Where I live in upper east TN, the weather is like living in 3 or 4 different states at once. It is terribly unpredictable, really anytime, but especially wintertime. I do everything in my power to...
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    Re: Deformed Wing--Will Not Treat but Need Help

    First off Little-John, as president of my local association, I feel that one of the most important aspects of my leadership role is to assure ANY beekeeper, new or old, that "NO QUESTION IS A DUMB...
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    Re: Deformed Wing--Will Not Treat but Need Help

    Robbing....I do have the occasional robbing event, depending on what I am doing in the bee yard (like staying too long or leaving something open in the Fall). I have not had the crisis of a strong...
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    Re: Deformed Wing--Will Not Treat but Need Help

    If I had another farm animal would I treat??? Well...the answer is pretty well "No". I treat my dogs and cats, but of course I do not eat them nor any of their products. I do have fowl...chickens...
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    Re: Deformed Wing--Will Not Treat but Need Help

    To back up a bit....I had a "loaner" hive in 2010 and kept it for someone that year then gave it back...I have to count that year because I didn't kill those bees...lol I also did not DO anything of...
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    Deformed Wing--Will Not Treat but Need Help

    The drought here in upper East TN has taken its toll on the bees. There is no food to speak of, the bees are bored and cranky and for the most part, and are eating most of their stores. I am in the...
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    Wax Moth Storage in "mid-temps" help....

    I am in the process of storing my supers for winter (I am a second year beekeeper and this was my first year getting honey). Wax moths are present, not an infestation, but present from time to time....
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    Re: Wax foundation falling, how to fix?

    Hmmmm....so those of us who prefer foundation, cut comb, etc...and have a market for it...and are new to beekeeping should just go ahead and get rid of all our bees and burn up our equipment and...
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    Re: How to control vegetation around hives?

    Skip the Monsanto chemicals...lawn mower and weedeater for me and the bees are fine with it. :)
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    I left a hive that had swarmed with all it's queen cells. There were like 10+ queen cells in there, many of them capped. I didn't know any better and thought the first virgin queen would take care...
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    Re: Is there hope for this colony?

    I have a hive where small ants have been present, not really a problem, but present. I didn't want them to become a problem so in researching I found an odd remedy. I went out and put a "moat" of...
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    Re: Mentally Ill Bees...

    Well, it's not even so much that I want their honey (though it would be quite nice to have at least a taste in the second year!)...but it's just as much or more that I would like the bees to...
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    Re: Mentally Ill Bees...

    Burn my bees? Surely you're kidding.....
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    Re: Mentally Ill Bees...

    The swarm came from a split and it was the half without the queen. I put a frame of brood and also another frame of brood that I was sure had eggs. A little later there were two nice capped queen...
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    Re: swarm question

    I'm only a second year beekeeper, but have had plenty of swarms this year...lol I would think with the breathing mesh on the box, they could stay as long as necessary, even overnight. I would spray...
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    Mentally Ill Bees...

    Well...I've posted a couple of times this season about my bees behaving very mysteriously by swarming, then returning to their hive. This has happened three times before this posting, then yesterday...
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    Re: Third Swarm's the Charm!

    Interestingly, they have stayed so far and not swarmed again. Because they have been so unstable, I have not inspected the colony for production, queen, activity, etc. However, just yesterday, a...
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    Re: Boxes won't fit.....help please...

    I whittled some thin shims and stuck them in at each corner then ran a strip of duct tape around the box. It looks pretty neat (not as in "cool"), but as in tidy. When I get a chance to change out...
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    Third Swarm's the Charm!

    I previously posted about a swarm I caught (my own bees) and rehived. They swarmed twice again, but both times returned home. I was able to watch them leave, swarm first time low in a tree and...
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    Re: Swarms Returning to Hive???? TWICE...

    It was so very, very odd. And, it's not something that I just "thought" might have happened, I actually saw the whole thing! The bees poured out of the hive, swirled all around my pasture area,...
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    Swarms Returning to Hive???? TWICE...

    Hello,
    I am just a second year beekeeper...last year was really no problem...just a lot of learning and letting the new packages settle in. As I'm sure ALL of you know.....second year brings in a...
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    Re: Boxes won't fit.....help please...

    The quarter inch was too much...with the gap on the corner and the unsteadiness of the top box, the bees were flying out the sides. I'm pretty sure this would leave them wide open to robbing and...
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    Re: Boxes won't fit.....help please...

    How would you place the shims (I'm thinking of the popsicle sticks)? If I place the top box on, three corners touch nicely, while the fourth corner would sit up about 1/4 inch (and obviously you...
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    Boxes won't fit.....help please...

    Hello All,
    For whatever reason I have a deep hive body that has somehow warped slightly out of shape. I used this box last year and had no problems (I run two deep brood boxes). A couple of weeks...
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