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    Advice sought on first trap out

    I had a small swarm move into one of my old outbuildings this morning, and I'd like to go the trap out route instead of doing a cut out.

    I have two hives built from packages which were installed...
  2. Thread: At my wits end

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    Gone

    I had bought into the thinking of giving them no more space than they need - however, I'm leaning in this direction if they are still around when I get there.

    That being said, is there...
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    Vance:

    Everything is new - no paint or ants. My mixture on the syrup is 1 oz. of HBH to a gallon, which is the same mixture I have used for a couple of years. As to a sinkhole, if these both leave...
  4. Thread: At my wits end

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    At my wits end

    Hello:

    I'm on my second set of packages this spring. My first two absconded after nearly two weeks in the hive, with what were supposed to have been clipped queens!. Let me describe my setup.
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    The stored syrup is crystal clear. Fall flow in...

    The stored syrup is crystal clear. Fall flow in my area is primarily goldenrod, which I believe should be a dark honey. In either case, I'm not concerned with extracting anything this year - I just...
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    I was finally able to go through my hives last...

    I was finally able to go through my hives last evening. There has been no leakage, and I don't believe there was any robbing. The bees have been busily drawing out every last bit of comb in the two...
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    It rained just enough last evening to keep me out...

    It rained just enough last evening to keep me out of the hives - hopefully today is better.

    The reference to lazy bees rings home. Everywhere I look around my property, bloom of any kind is...
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    Here's a link to the Brushy Mt. catalog that...

    Here's a link to the Brushy Mt. catalog that shows the feeders I'm using.
    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/prodinfo.asp?number=423
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    I just started feeding again last week, and I...

    I just started feeding again last week, and I haven't been through them yet. I'll dig into them tonight, and post what I find.

    I have not noticed any unusual activety around the hives that I...
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    The feeder is one of the brown, plastic top...

    The feeder is one of the brown, plastic top feeders. I think my supplier got them from Brushy mountain.
    I'm not real fond of these feeders, but I don't think they're leaking. I don't have any...
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    How much syrup consumption is "normal"

    I have a couple of new hives - this springs packages - that have been consuming over a gallon of sugar syrup daily. This is my first go around, at that rate kind of caught me off guard. Is this...
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    Ventilation & Top Feeder

    Hello:

    I'm a new beekeeper with two package hives. I have screened bottom boards in place, but I still see bees congregating at the hive entrance. Not quite bearding, but close, and this has been...
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