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    Re: Winter cluster

    My entrance is in the middle and the broodnest is on the right. Temps don't seem to want to warm enough to take another peek today. Not sure there is much I can do at this point. They either have...
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    Re: Winter cluster

    I did a super quick hive check today because it was over fifty and I wanted to put a baggie feeder in. The three to four combs on the far end (away from the broodnest) were empty, but the next one...
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    Winter cluster

    Quick question from the newbie:

    My bees raised their brood on the east side of their hive (four feet long, facing south). While the cluster is consuming honey over winter, do they start in the...
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    Re: Attracting bees to fruit trees

    New to this, but I was just curious. In a small orchard, is it possible that the trees get worked and you just don't notice? How long do they stick with a couple of trees? I was only wondering...
  5. Re: Lost both hives and some questions

    They were pretty full going into winter. They came out in early March and all seemed to be going well. I fed them and was happy to finally have a hive survive. Then it turned cold and when we finally...
  6. Lost both hives and some questions

    I just finished cleaning out my hive in preparation for the arrival of their replacements and it looks like the queen must have failed. It was her first year, but I think I had a laying worker in...
  7. Strange bees, just an amusing story

    So with one hive struggling and one hive that is almost full of bees and stores, I've been watching my bees very closely to see how they're responding to me moving some honey and brood.

    Everyone...
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    Re: How much to feed

    Good news for a change.

    I finally got into the other hive and it is almost full! In its first year and I'm having to take out bars! If I hadn't been feeding sugar syrup like crazy, I might even...
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    Re: Hive observation question

    I have two hives. I've been putting out quart chicken waterers out front full of little yellow blocks. Today they have more of a bucket with a ton of flowers floating on top just because my children...
  10. Re: An odd thought about a natural observation hive.

    Instead of counter to ceiling, could you just make the counter a sort of large, glass, oversized top bar hive? Then you could just live the counter top to get inside when necessary? Just a random...
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    Hive observation question

    We are in drought and my bees aren't doing well so I've been feeding lots of sugar syrup, and I'm planning on adding pollen patties next week when I can get some. I would like to know how they're...
  12. Re: Looking for pollen patties, suggestions?

    Thank you! They don't have an online ordering system, do they? I sent them an email, but just wanted to make sure I'm not missing something!
  13. Looking for pollen patties, suggestions?

    My bees have not done well getting through this drought and they have essentially nothing at all in all their beautiful comb. I'm feeding them as much sugar syrup as they'll take and would like to...
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    Re: How much to feed

    I think they have broodn, just no honey stores to speak of. Though maybe I should do a more thorough inspection. I was looking for honey stores, not brood. I kind of assumed there was brood in the...
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    How much to feed

    My bees barely made it through this summer with the drought. They were getting incredibly aggressive and I was thinking of just trying to get them through winter and trying to figure out how to...
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    Re: What constitutes a hot hive?

    Their canisters were almost full. In fact, I set them up on boards outside the hive and they finally emptied them today, but I may not have sprayed enough syrup. I'm trying to compare last year to...
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    Re: What constitutes a hot hive?

    Now I'm wondering if maybe I tried to release them too soon after the ride home in the trunk so they were shaken from the vibration? I don't know, but so long as I can work them and walk near them,...
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    Re: What constitutes a hot hive?

    Feeling so much better now!

    We had sprayed them with sugar syrup prior to installing, but that didn't seem to help a whole lot. I was really nervous about releasing the queen today, but we went...
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    Re: Queen release question

    Cool. I think I'm going for a direct-release, set for this afternoon if I can get the courage up to open the hive. You can maybe tell I'm really new at this but I've been stung three times and my...
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    Re: What constitutes a hot hive?

    Yes, they were a package of bees. Happy to hear they may calm down. I'm better at the smoker now, but I'd rather not suit up every time I go over to watch them, either.
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    What constitutes a hot hive?

    The bees we had last year were so gentle, I miss them already! I lost my nervousness very quickly, stopped wearing the bee suit and by midsummer decided that the smoker I could never keep lit was...
  22. Re: Honey "farming" by growing honey crops on large acreages?

    That's what I was going to say. Farm the land and let the bees take what they can. If you're set on clover, run animals on it. Or put in an orchard or something with higher value that the bees can...
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    Re: Queen release question

    Awesome! Thanks!
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    Queen release question

    Last year when we got our packages, the queen bee was in a little box with two holes and a candy plug and she had a couple attendants. The release went fine.

    This year I just have little box with...
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    Lost a hive

    I checked the hives about two weeks ago and other than being worried they were a bit short on food, everything seemed fine. I brought syrup out to them two or three days ago. Went out today to check...
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