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    Re: Split gone wrong?

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    Split gone wrong?

    Saturday I attempted my first split. I took a frame of open brood, a frame of capped brood, a frame of honey, and a frame of pollen (at least that is how I would describe the majority of each frame)...
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    Re: Reversing hive bodies

    There was no brood in the super. The both hive bodies contained brood. I reversed the hove bodies and kept the super on top. BUT something went wrong. Bees bearded for 2 days following reversal. ...
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    Reversing hive bodies

    I have left the ladies alone over the winter, but I am planning on doing a my first major inspection of an overwintered hive tomorrow. Temps should be about 70 and the bees have really been active...
  5. Thread: fermenting odor

    by brdmkr
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    Re: fermenting odor

    It is definitely more of a bread smell. I do have SHB in the hive, but I have been trying to keep the bees a little cramped and I have a trap in each box. I was planning on opening the hive this...
  6. Thread: fermenting odor

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    fermenting odor

    I noticed yesterday evening that there is a fermenting odor associated with my hive. It has been raining on and off. Any ideas what this might be? I plan on going in the hive this weekend, but can...
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    Re: How much honey can I take

    Thanks for your responses. Is there anything wrong with leaving more honey than they will need for the winter (Other than I can't eat it)? I am not selling the honey and I feel confident that one...
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    How much honey can I take

    I started my first hive back in early April from a package. I now have 2 deeps and 2 medium supers. Both supers are filled with honey and the deeps are filled with brood, honey, pollen, etc. I...
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    Re: adding another deep???

    Is there any problem with placing the second deep between the existing deep and the 2 mediums?

    Thanks.
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    adding another deep???

    I have a deep with two mediums. My bees are really crowded. I have a couple of empty deeps, but I do not have anymore empty mediums or medium frames. Would it be acceptable to add a second deep...
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    Can you split a first-year package

    Although I thought I might have really messed up checkerboarding my brood too early, I now am wondering if I may actually need to split. I did a package install in early April. I figured I would...
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    can you make a colony abscond?

    I am new to beekeeping and had a friend call today with what I had hoped to be my first swarm. Unfortunately, it was not a swarm. Rather the bees have taken up residence underneath their facia and...
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    Re: Pressure treated plywood for hive body?

    Wow, fast responses. Thanks.

    I was talking about exterior grade plywood. 3/4" thick. The CCA treated wood does not have handling precautions (at least not that I am aware). Older ACQ treatment...
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    Pressure treated plywood for hive body?

    Anything wrong with making hive bodies and supers out of PT plywood? I did a search, but didn't turn up much. I suppose that alone may be reason to think this would be a no-go.
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    Re: Messed up. Now what

    Thanks for all the comments. I thought I had wrecked them for sure. I normally check on them weekly, would it be advisable to just leave them alone for a couple of weeks? If I should leave them...
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    Messed up. Now what

    I hived my first package about a month ago. They WERE doing fine, but I think I really screwed up today. About 7 frames were reasonably full of comb but 3 outer frames seemed untouched (nothing but...
  17. Re: hived first package, how long before I check on them

    I did poke a hole through the candy. Would it be OK to place the baggie feeder at this time?
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    I hived my first package and suppose everything went OK. I left 9 frames in the hive with the queen box. I was going to use a baggie feeder, but opted for the boardman feeder, as my supplier said...
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    Re: very strange question: dog urine and bive

    thanks everyone. I will post once I hive the bees.
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    very strange question: dog urine and bive

    This is only my second thread start and I hope I am about to ask the strangest question I will ever ask on this forum. I painted my first hive this week. It has been cold, so I put down a plastic...
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    Re: Collecting swarms with AHB present

    Thanks for your advice. I think I will build swarm traps today. I had wondered about requeening. I suppose if I thought the swarm was to aggressive, I could just give them a new (bred) queen.
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    Collecting swarms with AHB present

    I am new here and new to beekeeping (I will have my first package in a week). I know I may be getting the cart ahead of the horse, but I really think it would be great if I could trap or catch a...
  23. Thread: Hey fro Georgia

    by brdmkr
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    Hey fro Georgia

    Just want to introduce myself. I will be picking up my first package of bees in one week, my wooden ware is assembled and I will paint tomorrow. I have been doing some reading here and in a couple...
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