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    Re: Foundationless and Leveling

    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the feedback. Clearly I need to stop being lazy and just level off the hives!
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    Foundationless and Leveling

    I have two hives currently and am thinking of transitioning to foundationless. I have read that it is important to have the hives level so the comb gets built straight. I am wondering though, if I...
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    Re: 2 more Dead outs

    I've never tried to get into the hive during the winter. If I'm going to try that - can you give me some temperature guidelines as to when it's okay to crack the hive and for how long?
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    Re: 2 more Dead outs

    Yes both years were from package bees. I didn't look for the dead queen, but I do know that both colonies were queen right going into winter.
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    2 more Dead outs

    This was my second year over wintering bees and my second year losing both of my colonies. I'm looking for possible reasons for this years' losses and advice for next year. Here are the facts:

    I...
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    Re: Help-queenless hive?

    Two of the queen cells I found are capped over - I assume the bees wouldn't cap them unless there was a larva in there that's ready to be capped? As for the empty cell I found, I don't know if it...
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    Help-queenless hive?

    I checked my hive today and I think it's queenless. I found 3 queen cells near the top of the frame. One of them was empty. There was VERY spotty brood. Hardly any brood really. No eggs. I'm...
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    Re: Honey supers from last season?

    The hives definitely didn't die from foulbrood. I'm not exactly sure what caused the deadouts - my best guess is mites mainly because I didn't do any sort of treatment last year. But there's...
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    Honey supers from last season?

    Hey - I am fairly new at this - I have two supers chock full of honey from last season - I left them on my hives over the winter thinking the bees could use it for extra food if they run low. Well I...
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    How many empty cells needed?

    I recently installed 2 packages of bees into hives that died over the winter. I'm wondering how much empty cell space is needed for the new bees right off the bat. The hives were left with quite a...
  11. Thread: Dead Hives

    by dwmiller
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    Dead Hives

    This was going to be my second year beekeeping - I went to check my hives today and found them both dead. I found hardly any dead bees in them, maybe 10 dead bees in each hive. I also noticed that...
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