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    A tale of two hives

    Both of our first year packaged hives made it through a Hudson Valley winter. When we opened them yesterday we found one full of fairly calm bees but no eggs, larvae or brood. The brood pattern was...
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    Re: Hive post mortem

    Thanks for your responses. We had a gentleman, who has been keeping bees in the area for over 70 years check it out and he did not see any signs of mites. There were two clusters with their heads in...
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    Re: Hive post mortem

    Thanks so much Vance. We bought a nuc in late May and within 2 - 3 weeks, bees covered 6 of the 8 frames, so we added another brood box, which they also mostly filled and we added one honey super and...
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    Hive post mortem

    First year beekeeper - installed last Spring. Hive swarmed in late August (couldn't obtain a new Queen that late in the season). Queen cells were observed when they swarmed. Heading into late-fall,...
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    Re: When to add pollen patty ?

    Thank everyone! Great info as I am just learning! I specifically mentioned that I was a backyard beekeeper because I do not have any intention of growing to more than 2 or 3 hives. I'm ok with...
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    Re: When to add pollen patty ?

    Thank you agin! I'm assuming you put the newspaper with dry sugar on the brood box frames and not on the honey super frames....will definitely give it a try.
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    Re: When to add pollen patty ?

    Thanks very much Vance. If it's not too early to check for honey stores - I don't know how else to check honey stores - other than opening the hive. Do I risk harming them by opening the hive in...
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    When to add pollen patty ?

    Hi,
    It's my first winter as backyard beekeeper in zone 5b. I've read it's good to add a pollen patty at this critical juncture, so bees won't starve. Haven't opened hive all winter - too cold! But...
  9. Re: Ventilation question - first winter as beekeeper

    Holy cats (I mean bees) - didn't mean to cause any fuss.... Thanks mostly for the great tips. It's expected to warm up here for a day or two, so I'll be taking advantage of the warm temps to make...
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    Re: Honeybear did not care

    Andrew - you wrote "3 of my 5 yards now have electric fences powered by solar energizers"

    Do you keep your solar energizers out all winter or do you store them for the winter after the bears go...
  11. Ventilation question - first winter as beekeeper

    First year beekeeper - one hive, 2 deeps, 1 filled honey super in zone 5b. Question - how much ventilation is too much? Hive sits on a 18" stand, solid bottom board, mouse guard.
    We put an empty...
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    Re: Light Bottom Boxes

    Ravenseye - can you describe what a failing fall queen looks like! I'm a new beekeeper and did not see any signs of the queen during my last inspection. There is plenty of activity otherwise - bees...
  13. Re: New beekeeper with a big learning opportunity -

    Thank you all very much! Yes, fall is setting in and eves are getting chilly. Have much to learn. Will check out the videos and have signed up for a "prepare hives for winter class". I just...
  14. New beekeeper with a big learning opportunity -

    Hi,
    I'm a new beekeeper, trying to understand what happened to my hive. Here's my tail of woe....
    I have one hive (my first mistake, I know) - it currently has two deeps and one medium super in...
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