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    need advice about combining 2 weak hives

    I have 2 hives that made it through the winter but
    when I inspected the other day I only see a limited amount
    of capped brood and very small amount of larvae in each hive. There's
    many frames...
  2. First look in hives after winter-questions

    This is the first winter my hives (I have 2) have survived through the winter.
    Today I inspected the hives. In both the upper and lower deeps there are
    many frames of honey. There's also quite a...
  3. questions about rotating bodies and feeding

    I'm located in Massachusetts. The temps are getting into high 40s low 50s in the day
    and still around mid 30s at night.

    I have 2 hives that seemed to have survived the winter. 2 questions?
    ...
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    Winter Feeding Question

    I'm in Northeastern Massachusetts with 2 hives. Both hives seem to have
    a good supply of stores for the winter. I've been reading about mixing 5 pounds of
    sugar with 1 cup of water, letting that...
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    Re: supplemental sugar water

    if you plan on putting honey supers on at some point to take honey for yourselves, you may want to stop feeding a week or so
    prior to your installing the supers. You don't want the bees making...
  6. Re: Diatomaceous earth to combat small hive beetle??

    So what is the way of controlling SHB..... any answers would be helpful. Thanks.
  7. Re: Diatomaceous earth to combat small hive beetle??

    Well then, what do others do if there is a SHB occurrence in the hives. Last year I tried the traps you fill with mineral oil and a bit of apple cider vinegar. The results were so- so.
    Thanks
  8. Re: Diatomaceous earth to combat small hive beetle??

    thanks all for the replies. I appreciate the help.
  9. Diatomaceous earth to combat small hive beetle??

    Has anyone used DE to combat SHB? I've read spreading it on the ground around the hive will help. I'd appreciate hearing of anyone's experiences with it ......as well as any other suggestions how...
  10. Using Last Year's Built out Frames in New Hive

    I installed 2 nucs middle of May. Each included 5 frames from the apiary
    of brood, honey and pollen. I added 5 new frames with foundation to each hive.
    Last week I added a 2nd deep body on each. ...
  11. Tom Ashbrook-On Point radio - 11 am today-discusses Global Bee Die Off

    Thought I'd mention this upcoming program today, Wednesday, June 5 at 11 am.
    Probably on podcast if you miss it.
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    Re: New Beekeeper Photo Questions

    Mary, when placing the 2nd deep on the hive, you did it correctly, placing the new deep "on top" of the existing.
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    Feeding Question-Nuc Related

    I installed 2 nucs may 17th. This past weekend put on 2nd deep on both hives.
    The frames used in the 2nd deeps were from last year's hives, all frames having drawn out comb
    some filled with...
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    Green Drone Frame Placement

    Thought I'd try using the green drone frames this year in an effort to
    keep a check on the mites. My question: is there a suggested position
    for where the frame should be placed.... outside...
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    green drone frames-do they work?

    I had a terrible time last year with mites. This season trying some different
    ways to deal with the mite issue. Anyone use the green drone frame? Do you
    find them to work? any insights would...
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    Re: wax moths and the frames

    thanks for the replies.

    What about if the foundation is wax (as mine are wax)? Does the freezing routine make them reusable?
    If not... if I rip out the built out wax can the wood frames be...
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    wax moths and the frames

    Is there a way to salvage frames that are infested with wax moths.
    I'm thinking of ripping out the built out foundations and trying to salvage the wood frames.
    any suggestions.... or does one just...
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    Re: Installing a NUC Package

    Hi,
    thanks for the reply. I will be receiving NUCs.....not packages. My understanding is the
    nuc comes in a cardboard box containing 5 frames (i think 5... maybe 4) with bees, capped
    brood, some...
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    Installing a NUC Package

    Hi,

    2 questions:

    I'll be receiving 2 NUC packages sometime in late april. I'll be installing one package
    into a hive that died off last winter, the other into a brand new hive. Both of these...
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    Re: Dead Hive-next steps???

    OP here.... i carved out a few of the capped brood combs to what the bee in the comb looked like.
    Many had no wings. The ones with no wings were an almost black color. Some looked fairly normal,...
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    Re: Dead Hive-next steps???

    I've attached some photos of the "weird" looking comb sections... that appear to be mold
    but wondering if it might be something else I should know about. Again, there was
    plenty of honey filled...
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    Re: Dead Hive-next steps???

    Thanks for the replies. I had harvested all the consumable honey prior to inserting the
    apistan strips. The honey filled frames that were left in the hive were left for the bees to
    winter on. I...
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    Dead Hive-next steps???

    I inspected my hive this morning and found all the bees dead. Not sure why, possibly after
    hurricane sandy. First year beek here....so trying to figure what to do next. I've got some questions:
    ...
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    When to insert bottom board

    I've read that when winter approaches it's a good idea to insert the IPM bottom board for the winter months.
    When would you suggest that board is inserted... where I am located it's now fall with...
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    Re: Yeast smell coming from hive

    Quick update from OP: We just went through the entire hive again, frame by frame. Currently there are two ten frame hive bodies
    with an empty hive body over a pail feeder. We didn't see as many...
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