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  1. How to add new queens to splits without relocating hives?

    Two queens from an excellent breeder arrive in the mail tomorrow. I have four queenright hives but want to add the new genetics to the apiary. What is the best way to split the hives, or pull nucs,...
  2. Re: Requesting advice on long-distance hive relocation

    TimB shared helpful info on other thread:



    Westernbeekeeper advised using the open-top-screens too so will go with that. I know some would say just start over after moving, but starting from...
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    Re: MOVING BEES, What did I do wrong?

    TimB: When you say full screen tops do you mean you transport without any solid cover over those? Or is this a ventilated top under a solid cover? Thanks for the help, I'm moving bees next week and...
  4. Re: Requesting advice on long-distance hive relocation

    Thank you for sharing that Gambit. I have a whole crop of new worries now! :-) But very VERY valuable info.

    I have ventilated top screens and screened bottom boards (that usually go under the...
  5. Re: Requesting advice on long-distance hive relocation

    Thank you both for good ideas - esp about using a strip of board and screws to secure the hives together better! Two more questions: WATER: I read on another forum something about giving bees in...
  6. Requesting advice on long-distance hive relocation

    I could use any tips/advice on permanently moving 4-hives via pickup truck over several hundred miles. I have official inspection/health-certifs from the state I'm leaving as well as permits from the...
  7. Re: What's the biggest mistake (s) you made starting out?

    Really enjoying this thread! Since I'm just three years in, I feel sure there are many more mistakes to be made...but so far:

    1. Starting with only one hive. I started a package in brand new...
  8. Re: Is it possible to combine swarm with queenless hive? Advice needed by morning?

    Thanks beepro and libhart. Did some online reading too and searching past forum questions. Since I feel very, very sure the hive is queenless, I'm going to try for a newspaper combine of the two....
  9. Is it possible to combine swarm with queenless hive? Advice needed by morning?

    Today I caught a nice little swarm on my land. (Thought they were from one of my hives, but when I checked the hive I suspected, all was well and it was full of bees, so now not sure if these are my...
  10. Re: Opinion needed - 8 Frame Medium or 5-frame deep Nuc

    I apologize if this is a true-newbie question, but will this 'stacked with double-screen bottom boards' method work to start nucs from frames with swarm/queen cells? I wondered re: each nuc being...
  11. Thread: Ventilation

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    Re: Ventilation

    Could you explain how this works (vs a normal split)?
  12. Thread: Ventilation

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    Re: Ventilation

    I used the screened/ventilated inner cover from Brushy Mountain last year during the incredible heat we had in Arkansas. The bees were visibly happier and did much less bearding than those with...
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    Re: Freezing temperature on splits

    If anyone has time to answer a beginner question: How do you know the best time to do a split? Should I wait to see swarm cells or is there a best temperature range?
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    Re: To syrup or not to syrup???

    I too have been told to feed new packages until they have all the comb built. Is there any danger of them filling their comb with the syrup till the are 'syrup-bound' and don't have enough room for...
  15. Re: Hive 'nectar-bound'... & supercedure cells: What to do?

    I had been planning to split them today...even though I had hoped to focus on honey rather than another hive, but it occurred to me after Adam's post that they may have swarmed, and b/c of the number...
  16. Hive 'nectar-bound'... & supercedure cells: What to do?

    I have a large hive that overwintered and got big fast. I've kept adding foundation (which is all I have -- these are my first bees) to give them room (while making room in brood nest and also...
  17. Re: Propolis/Ammonia varnish for new hives? Ever heard of or tried this?

    Thanks for the putty-knife suggestion @slickbrightspear. @Bmac - I'm wondering how long ammonia smell would take to go also. Funny, when I did online searches similar "varnishes" came up under...
  18. Propolis/Ammonia varnish for new hives? Ever heard of or tried this?

    Have run across a couple of references to treating a new hive interior (or a hive set up as swarm trap) with a solution of ammonia and propolis. After the ammonia smell evaporates, supposedly the...
  19. Re: Uncapped Stores in cold-killed hive - What should I do with it? Can I save the co

    It won't shake out! So I'm relieved that this may be ok at least till a while later when maybe I can offer it to the other hive....or to the new package I hope to install in the spring. These winter...
  20. Re: Uncapped Stores in cold-killed hive - What should I do with it? Can I save the co

    Thanks Ed for the advice about shaking the nectar out. I will try that.
  21. Uncapped Stores in cold-killed hive - What should I do with it? Can I save the comb?

    A sudden cold snap (in an otherwise balmy winter) has killed one of my two hives. They were a tiny cluster and most were dead on the bottom screen the day after the temp dip. When I looked in, they...
  22. Re: Will ApiLife Var cause absconding or fighting?

    This is a tricky treatment it seems! Talked to another local mentor whose opinion was the the temperature factor was HUGE and could not be overlooked (and the stuff STINKS to high heaven too.) But he...
  23. Re: Couple dozen bees walking on ground, fall from landing board...

    Thank you so much for the help (if not the news...). I checked out the hive though and all looks wellat least to my eyes, great actually - busting with bees. Other than that handful, didn't see any...
  24. Couple dozen bees walking on ground, fall from landing board...

    Just looked at my two (1st year) hives and in front of one there are a couple dozen bees walking around on the ground as if they can't fly. I've watched several fall off the landing board. Otherwise,...
  25. Re: Will ApiLife Var cause absconding or fighting?

    Thank you for the info Beemandan and WillH. This may be tough in my case b/c checked EastHive yesterday and they are definitely going to need feeding. (We've had an awful summer and still aren't...
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