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    I have three hives. On my strongest hive the bees...

    I have three hives. On my strongest hive the bees are going like gangbusters. I have stacked 6 supers and they have filled them all. I am now out of empty supers and frames. Can I move an empty...
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    Last week I picked up a hive from a friend who...

    Last week I picked up a hive from a friend who who had been stung badly by his bees. The sting landed him in the hospital and I was landed with a new hive to add to my apiary.

    So, here is the...
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    I have recently adopted a very strong hive froma...

    I have recently adopted a very strong hive froma friend. The brood chambers are made up of pireco frames. When I moved the hive onto my hive stand I found that the bottom board was reversed, that...
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    Pete, your suggestion to "consider removing the...

    Pete, your suggestion to "consider removing the top cover and fastening
    screen wire or plastic screen" is a very good one. I think that my plan
    is to add an empty honey super with a screened top so...
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    Hello, I have to move a hive temporarily (for one...

    Hello, I have to move a hive temporarily (for one day) while I do some landscape work. My plan is to screen up the entrance on a Friday evening, and add an empty super over the second brood chamber...
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    Hello all, it has been a warm winter here in...

    Hello all, it has been a warm winter here in Massachusetts. Yesterday it was warm and I opened the hive to see how my bees are doing. Inside the hive, on top of the inner cover, were a few (2-6)...
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    Here we go again....

    Here we go again....
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    I had quite a large quantity of bees flying...

    I had quite a large quantity of bees flying outside the hive late last week. The temps here were around 50 degrees. I looked into the hive and a large quantity of dead bees had been blocking the...
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    I do have to say there were a few tips from "bee...

    I do have to say there were a few tips from "bee school" that have not fully been correct. I am grateful for the fact that there are many willing posters here that can give excellent advice.
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    Arrggghh, the bee school said to place four...

    Arrggghh, the bee school said to place four Apistan strips in each of the brood chambers, two on the fourth frame and two on the eighth frame. So I placed four in each of the brood chambers. What...
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    Clay, I put them in the freezer because that was...

    Clay, I put them in the freezer because that was one of the suggestions from bee school. I think that it was meant to help kill off any mites that may be prsent. I was also told that camphor should...
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    I just extracted and have put the empty frames in...

    I just extracted and have put the empty frames in a deep trash bag and then placed it into a freezer. How long do you keep the frames in the freezer? Then what?

    George
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    Here in Massachusetts I am wondering about a few...

    Here in Massachusetts I am wondering about a few things. I have just removed my honey super and today I put in four apistan strips in each of the deep brood chambers. I am told that it is to late...
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    Clayton, is this what you had in mind for the...

    Clayton, is this what you had in mind for the mounting of a box on the outside of a barn? How is it that the bees do not go back into the original hive in the cavity of the wall?

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    Clayton, I just found a section in Bees &...

    Clayton, I just found a section in Bees & Beekeeping by Eva Crane (page 166 & 167) that shows the set-up for collecting bees from inaccesible places. I'm going to read it thoroughly and report back....
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    Clay...thank you for the quick reply. 1. The...

    Clay...thank you for the quick reply.

    1. The minnow trap idea, I assume that I merely attach it flush to the outside of the hive with a bee escape inside so that the bees fly in but can not...
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    Clay...thank you for the quick reply. 1. The...

    Clay...thank you for the quick reply.

    1. The minnow trap idea, I assume that I merely attach it flush to the outside of the hive with a bee escape inside so that the bees fly in but can not...
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    I recently visited a barn that has a large hive...

    I recently visited a barn that has a large hive of honeybees in a corner
    wall. The bees are entering the hive from one corner in the morning, and
    then in the afternoon as the sun moves, they enter...
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