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    Re: fall feeding ?

    I have started to feed my 4 hives. I got 2 jar feeders, and 1 tub feeder. The quart jars get consumed in about 3 or 4 hours by my 2 story hive "Bellodonna", and Elizabedda takes about 4 or 5 hours....
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    I have an update.
    First, the brood hatched as it was a frame fully drawn with capped brood when I put it in there. So that hive has plenty of nurse and young bees.
    Second my marked queen is...
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    Re: Small hive beetle infested comb

    What would happen if you took all that defecated honey, put it into a fermenter with some wine yeast, and some other solution and got the fermentation going.
    Rack it a few times, and filter, and you...
  4. Re: Is early August too late to start a split in the northeast?

    Usually when you do a split you want the nectar flow to still be going since they produce more comb earlier in the season as in early spring to summer. Otherwise you will need to feed the bees sugar...
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    Thanks, it does make sense. So what I did was to add bunches of bees including nurse bees when I shook them into the Garlic Tray. So It will be interesting to see how it turns out. So far I added 2...
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    http://youtu.be/Wsw2ZKVx-NQ

    http://youtu.be/Wsw2ZKVx-NQ

    I am trying to save my Geoffreda hive. I am doing what I call a "Garlic Combine". The premise is the bees from my monster hive...
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    OK thanks,

    I will recheck the hive as I need to add more frames to make it a full sized nuc.

    Has anybody tried opening a larger hive and grabbing a (queen-less) frame and shake their nurse bees...
  8. Re: Beehive extremely weak, please help!!!

    12669Hi Potato,

    I think you are referring to this as the 2nd queen:
    I am not sure if that is one or not. She does appear to have a big belly.
    The other photo may be a drone.
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    Re: Farmhouse extraction slideshow.

    Good extraction. Nice pictures. You make it look easy!
  10. Re: Beehive extremely weak, please help!!!

    I am 2nd year as well. But I got 4 hives and 1 is weak.


    Can you post a photo?


    That sounds like a good method to get rid of the ants crawling up there. I will try that as I have the same...
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    Success, the queen and other bees escaped from the screen area I had her confined into.
    They were all on the frame of brood I put in. I didn't take a photo, but still had to search
    for her cause...
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    I used frames from a hive from last years bees. I got that hive from a farmer so the frames were older.



    OK will do. I will supplement that hive with more frames as I got to do something about...
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    I did a screen/garlic combine
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    That is where you build a small screen cage for the queen so she gets accepted by the new bees over a 12 hour period instead of right away.
    The garlic helps to...
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    Thanks for your reply. I just got her and she is a new queen.
    She needs some nurse bees. Yes I figure I will have a weaker hive going into winter, but they are easier to manage and take care of...
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

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    That is what the hive looks like now
    The opposing frame
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    Combining to save my hive

    So....
    I got a new queen as one of the queens in my package absconded.
    I installed her last month.
    I checked the hive yesterday and they are down to only 1 frame.
    When I installed there was bees...
  17. Re: Newbee in Beaverton, OR: Looking for a mentor

    Hello Mike,

    I live about 30 min away from Beaverton in Vancouver WA. I got 4 hives myself, and this is my 2nd year. I do know a few folks near you out there. You can get some bees going now and...
  18. Re: Why are my bees out late at night?

    When was the upper super added? It doesn't look like that many bees to indicate over crowding as a factor. What was the temp at 11 pm? If they have been having rain in the afternoon and you have...
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    Re: Under Performing Package

    I went in after the first few days and removed the cage. I did not pull all the frames out cause work and other priorities like my other 3 hives set my inspection priorities. I did not want to...
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    Under Performing Package

    I just recently purchased 3 packages and installed them at the end of April (4-25-14).
    These first 2 photos are of the successful packages.
    It has been about 7 weeks after they got installed, and...
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    Re: What is this? (Half bee)

    This is a video of a bee that I cut in 2 by mistake. I think it happened when you did your cutout.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KoUZaP4K6A


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KoUZaP4K6A
  22. Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    Nice setup there. What is the weight limitations on a triple story with the honey super on top.
    Also it could be a good remedy for ant infestation. I have that problem and will check out your...
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    Re: Oleander Poisioning and my bees

    Excelent JRG, and you are still with us!

    So I won't worry. :)
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    Oleander Poisioning and my bees

    My mom and I were talking about beekeeping and the honey.
    I have been trying to convince her that she should let me put a hive in her yard and the fact that the bees produce many things that are...
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    Re: Need help choosing a beesuit

    If you want to go with a "Full Suit" option I got a set of white painters coveralls from Home Depot for only 10.98!
    Then all you need is a veil and gloves....
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