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    Re: Fighting after new nuc insatll

    The black bees with the bald thorax are probably your bees, but they are "robber bees." They look like they have no hair because they are covered in dried honey or syrup and its like a coating of...
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    Re: Bees are "scrubbing" entrance

    http://iussi.confex.com/iussi/2006/techprogram/P2650.HTM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbwumXVTOz8

    I havent seen anyone give a definate answer on what they are doing, I dont think anyone really...
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    Re: Hows everyones hives doing?

    DAvid LaFerney, where would you say the flow "Flow" is at. Done ? A few weeks left ? Im in middle TN and assuming its the sane here as it is where you live, but I havent seen much new surplus honey...
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    Re: strange queen behavior

    I'm wondering if its possible that a queen cell hatched and a virgin killed your queen. Why ? Because the behavior you are describing is exactly that of a new virgin queen. Scurrying all over the...
  5. Added frame of eggs to queenless hive, and nothing ?

    I added a frame off eggs to what I thought was a queenless hive and its now a perfectly sealed frame of brood. The hive swarmed and then threw another swarm. After a few weeks I checked them and...
  6. Re: Total failure, need advice and encouragement with 10 hives.

    Theres something about having your favorite queen having daughters thats just makes you smile. Nothing prettier than a big fat mated queen. Im partial to the lighter Cordovans but Ive always had...
  7. Re: Total failure, need advice and encouragement with 10 hives.

    peteloringburst: All my hives were overwintered in single deeps, and early April, I added a 2nd deep and put half the brood nest in the top half of the hive, over the top of the rest of the brood...
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    Re: 20 years and still learning

    If its sealed, it hasn't been killed, 99% of the time. If the side is tore off, its gone and you need to find another one.
  9. Re: New beekeeper looking for comments...

    All i see is a few drone cells. Normal. The best way I can explain identifying different cells is, you will know when you see a queen cell. If you find yourself wanting to ask if its a drone cell or...
  10. Total failure, need advice and encouragement with 10 hives.

    This will be my 3rd year keeping bees. I started with 2 hives the first year, added a package the beginning of the 2nd year, (last year) and ended with 9 hives from collecting swarms, doing a cutout...
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    Re: The Steep Learning Curve

    Thats my biggest issue, squashing bees. I left space in between lots of my frames to try and not squish bees. Don't do it. I have a few frames that have comb thats 3 inches think (total) as each time...
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    Record keeping after a swarm.

    I use Hivetracks to do my record keeping. Ive done decent job at keeping up with my queens history and pertinent information. I have a 2 year history of a hive and the queen and 5 or 6 inspections...
  13. Re: Rehiving a swarm to an established hive, can it be done ?

    Thanks everyone for replying, I was thinking it made sense and followed the laws of the bee kingdom but Ive never seen anyone talk or post about it.

    I like having more hives as well but Im trying...
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    Re: Help make the call.

    I was one of the first ones to respond to your post and didn't get the context that you were speaking of regarding the weather. Shipping wasn't mentioned once. So, to me......the weather being a...
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    Re: Help make the call.

    I would never buy anything under any circumstances under the policy of " If everything works out, i'll ship your item, but if it doesn't, I'll keep your money anyway"

    Am I missing something here...
  16. Rehiving a swarm to an established hive, can it be done ?

    Has anyone ever put a swarm on an established hive ? Two of my hives have swarmed in the past two days. Both of them had already been given plenty of extra room, (2nd deeps) had frames in the hive...
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    Re: Visual difference in Mated Queens?

    Ive been keeping bees for 3 years and been really interested in queens and mating and how to tell the difference in queens in different stages. What ive learned from my own experience and from...
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    Re: New Honey Bee Photos

    thank you both for looking and commenting !
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    New Honey Bee Photos

    I posted a new blog post with a few pictures. Enjoy !

    http://fromthehive.org/spring-is-here-honey-bees-are-busy/
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    Re: Timeline for Package Progress?

    I've read that bees need heat to build comb and produce wax, I think the temperature needs to be above 75 degrees. That may not be the exact temperature, but it doesn't sound like your temps are high...
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    Re: Windows XP?

    You can get a computer that will get you on the internet just fine for cheap that has Windows 7. And thats all you need if you just do internet/email etc, but Photoshop and video editing puts you in...
  22. Re: General observations in North Georgia and eastern Tennessee...

    Ive got 9 hives, and a few of them have drones already in the hive and a few of them are flying. Tons of pollen coming in. Love seeing all the Henbit pollen coming in. No white wax yet either, but...
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    Re: How level must a hive be?

    As was already stated, front to back is important, but not as important as left to right. The bees will find whats true level is, and the comb they build will be wherever that ends up. I know this...
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    Re: How many nucs can a person sell?

    Ive never seen a beekeeper that shipped nuts, Ive never heard the exact reason why other than too dangerous for the bees. Im guessing that the queen walking around a hive that it getting bounced...
  25. Re: Topping off hives with sugar, different results.

    Thanks for all the replies. I remember reading about the mountain camp method now that it was brought up, but didn't remember that it was what I was doing. I plan on putting a more semi permanent...
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