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    Re: Flowers for bees

    In the fall I killed an acre of grass/hay and am going to sow yellow and white sweet clover (hubam), crimson clover and lavender when all signs of grass are gone. The clovers are annual but are...
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    Re: New bees gone. Now what?

    I really am considering getting into splitting. Maybe not this year but next year if they've made it through winter in good shape. I guess I should take the blame since I should have called the...
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    New bees gone. Now what?

    In April I installed 2 packages of bees and queen from one supplier. Hives 1 and 2 are doing well. Installed 2 more packages last Thursday from different supplier and went to check today to make sure...
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    Re: Made my own hives

    Yeah. That's why I had to go with 1x12's as the 1x10's are 9 1/8. :scratch: I figure I can get by with it on the feeder boxes since bee space is not a factor there. Seemed like a waste on the 1x12's...
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    Made my own hives

    So the woodware isn't that expensive, relatively speaking, but the shipping was what was killing me. Since I'm pretty handy at woodworking I decided to make my own. They came out pretty good I...
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    Re: Check on queen or no?

    Yes they're flying but not as much as they were when I installed them and it was sunny and 75 for the first couple of days. (Of course)

    It's supposed to be back up in the 70's but raining...
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    Check on queen or no?

    Installed my package 5 days ago. Haven't checked them yet because of the horrible cold and windy snap we've expereinced the past few days. I really want to check on them but with winds gusting 20-30...
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    Re: One hive or two

    I wanted to start with one also and read somewhere you should start with two to compare. So far I think that was one of the best pieces of advice. Like another poster I lost one hive and had one...
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    Re: My honey is horrible!

    Thanks everyone for the feedback. I don' feel near as bad now. I think I'll just feed it back to my bees. Now I am extremely glad I plowed down that hay and planted sweet clover and lavender!!!
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    Re: My honey is horrible!

    so really stupid question - how do I feed it back to them? put it in my feeder instead of the sugar syrup? I thought it might be because of the golden rod because I posted here in the fall when I...
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    My honey is horrible!

    Oh it is so bad I spit it out! :pinch: One hive didn't make it but I had frames full of gorgeous light honey so I extracted it this past sunday. I noticed when I was going through the uncapping and...
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    Re: Bees gone! What to do?

    These hives were overwintered. I don't know how the bees view pollen but their hives are coated in yellow along with everything else right now. All my fruit trees are in bloom as well as an abundance...
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    Bees gone! What to do?

    Checked my hives a couple of weeks ago and everything was fine. Bees everywhere near the hives last week when I mowed. Checked again yesterday and they're gone! This is only my second year and I have...
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    Re: My hive stinks - literally

    Thanks to everyone for the replies! I was hoping it was just something new and not something horrible. Guess we newbies tend to panic a little. :D
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    My hive stinks - literally

    This is my first year beekeeping and yesterday I noticed one of my hives stinks. The only smell I could relate it to was chicken poop. I also noticed some of the newer cappings are bright, neon...
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    Re: Padded weaker hive - Mistake?

    Eggs and larvae in both but in the weaker I'm assuming it's from the transfer.
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    Padded weaker hive - Mistake?

    I posted a couple of weeks ago about a strong hive and weaker hive. I took the advice from some of the posters and took frames from the strong hive to help out the weak one. The initial "change" went...
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    Re: Newbie with questions

    I didn't get to check them again as planned last night because of the rain. I do believe I'm go to try just transferring the frames suggestion.
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    Re: Newbie with questions

    I used to be a hay field but it is now my beeyard. Facing east. (Must've been having a brain fart when I thought mowing down the whole acre and keeping it mowed would be a good idea)


    I...
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    Re: Newbie with questions

    Thanks for the advice. I'm going to take another good, hard look tonight and if I don't see anything this time, I'll transfer a frame and order myself a queen.
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    Re: Newbie with questions

    So I could still have a queen and she's just not laying? I've looked those frames over til I'm crosseyed and even brought a magnifying glass one time and could not see any eggs or larvae or anything....
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    Newbie with questions

    So I started with 2 hives. Ordered packaged bees and marked, clipped queens. Installed around May 15th. One hive is doing great. I've spotted the queen each time I've checked and saw plenty of larvae...
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    Re: My first sting. Ever!

    40 years of life, I'm new to bees this year. The sting is fine today. The pain went completely away within 15 minutes. No itching or nothing else today. All I did was clean with alcohol. Guess I'm...
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    My first sting. Ever!

    So I received my first bee sting ever tonight. Yep, almost 40 years and I've never been stung. I was feeding and ouch! :pinch:
    Not on my bare arms, legs, face, or hands but right through my shorts...
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    Re: called the cops[having fun with this]

    I saw the humor! Probably because a couple of months ago I sat my new hives outside after paintiing them to dry and to 'air' them out. They looked like fully completed hives after I put the tops on....
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