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    adding a third deep or med

    I have one strong hive going into the winter. They are in two deeps and full. The weather has been real pleasant so fat, lows 40s high 60s. Bees are still real buy bringing in polln. I hve not been...
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    combining a weak hive

    A friend of mine wants to combine her weak hive with one of my hives. Hers is located about a half mile from mine. We will do a newspaper combine. What precautions do need to take? Does the three...
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    bees just hanging out

    I thought that all the bees had a job , but every time I check out one of my hives there's about 200 just hanging out on the outside of the hive. There are plenty of field bees coming and going, a...
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    Re: bees stumbling and dieing in front of hive

    I did that and found alot. How do I treat for them. I really don't want to use any hard chemicals.
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    Re: Nuc with tons of brood; big hives = none.

    IF I decide to transfer them from the 10 frame deep to a 5 frame nuc, do I just transfer the 5 best frames and place the nuc where the existing hive is. When I get all the bees out and remove the...
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    Re: Nuc with tons of brood; big hives = none.

    I have a weak hive started from a package that lost their queen. I have requeened, but they have had a hard time getting their numbers up. They are in a 10 frame deep. I was wondering if they would...
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    Re: bees stumbling and dieing in front of hive

    That's what my wife said, maybe old age. I guess I would not as concerned if I hadn't had to requeen that hive earlier and that put my bee way back. Instead of having 50k I'm probably about 15 to 20k...
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    Re: bees stumbling and dieing in front of hive

    I have inspected the dieing bees carefully and no sign of DWV. I am currently dusting for a mite count. As far as robbing, I will watch more closely. I am not using any hard chemicals in my hives....
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    bees stumbling and dieing in front of hive

    The last few days I have noticed about 5 to 15 bees stumbling around and dieing in front of the hive. They can't fly and they are climbing up blades of grass and falling off. I checked the hive today...
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    flow and dearth

    I live in florence sc and am a new beekeeper. Been trying to find some information on when the major flows start and stop here. Also how would I be able to know when we are experiencing a dearth. I...
  11. combining a weak topbar with a single deep lang

    I want to combine a weak topbar hive with a stronger ten frame lang hive. I have modified a nuc box to accept the topbar bars.my thoughts areto close the topbar entrance late in the evening. The next...
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    need some advice

    I started a topbar hive on may 18th. Had to requeen on june 14th due to bad queen. So I am basically starting over, except with alot less resources. The new queen ha been slow getting started so not...
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    combining hives

    I have a topbar hive I am having trouble with. I have gotten two bad queens and the number of bees are dwindling. I would like to combine them with a lang hive that I have. I need help with doing...
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    Re: Horizontal Theory

    This is my first year with a topbar hive. I installed a package in it on May 15th. So far the have built on four bars and they are all on the entrance end. They skipped the first bar and started on...
  15. Thread: bee itch

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    Re: bee itch

    Just looked at them again and they are all over each other like two dogs checking each other out. Seem to be spreading. Where do I go to figure out how to post a video.
  16. Thread: bee itch

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    bee itch

    This has been going on for a couple of days. Several bees will be out on the landing board and it looks like they have a terrible itch. They take their hind legs and start scratching at their abdomen...
  17. Thread: requeening

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    Re: requeening

    Ravenseye, thanks I should be able to get her in tomorrow. I found the queen this morning in one of the hives. The other I could not find . So I put the queen cage on the topbars and they were all...
  18. Thread: requeening

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    requeening

    I am requeening two package hives. I received the queens today. The problem is that the weather has been bad but is supposed to get better in a couple of days. How long can I keep the queens before...
  19. Thread: disease?

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    Re: disease?

    Michael, please let me know what you find out. Thanks
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    Re: disease?

    He just noticed this activity this morning so he hasn't been in yet. I did suggest he do tha ASAP
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    Re: disease?

    They have been fed continually using a hivetop feeder. Seems they have been taking it because he has been refilling it. I did notice an odor coming from it. I ask if he had been cleaning it good...
  22. Thread: disease?

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    disease?

    A friend of mine called me over this morning to observe his hive. This hive is a new package installed on May 19th. The bees were bringing out dead pupa. Probably 75% developed. There were about 10...
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    Re: queen introduction

    Marenostrum, Is my thinking right about how to proceed with the new queen? Destroy the cells, pinch the queen and proceed with a normal queen installation in the cage? Thanks
  24. Thread: extra queen

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    Re: extra queen

    I'm looking for some info on what to do with the queen cells and how to treat the existing queen. Some say to cut out all of the cells and crush the existing queen on the screen of the cage, then...
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    queen introduction

    I need some advice on introducing a new queen into hive that has a drone laying queen. Also the hive has multiple queen cells in it and some are already capped. What do I need to do to insure the...
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