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    Why only 2 brood boxes?

    I was wondering why the standard is 2 brood boxes?
    Wouldn't more deeps keep them from swarming?

    Also,
    Do you remove the supers all at once when you think it's time to harvest, or do you...
  2. Re: My First Spring, Too! Orienting flights or swarm?

    Looks like a healthy hive!
    Mine were bringing in pollen today as well, I dont know where they are getting it either.
    My hive does not look as busy as yours yet.
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    Re: how to get bees to feed in top feeder?

    Well darn.......

    All winter I had the opening set at 3" and I had placed a small stick to reduce the entrance to about 1/2" or so. The past few days I noticed the stick in the opening had fallen...
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    Re: how to get bees to feed in top feeder?

    Thanks!

    Next time it gets warm enough I will check and see on the amount they have left upstairs, if any. I don't want to get into the lower box if I don't have to. If there is nothing in the top...
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    Re: how to get bees to feed in top feeder?

    Thanks for the quick reply. I will keep an eye on it.
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    how to get bees to feed in top feeder?

    Hello all,
    I took a peek at the hive yesterday and noticed that the bees are still alive and kicking. I thought I would give them some feed to kickstart the spring which will hopefully...
  7. Thread: Small dead Bees

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    Re: Small dead Bees

    Wow, that is good!
    At least it's better then what has been happening to mine.
  8. Thread: Small dead Bees

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    Re: Small dead Bees

    Beeglad,
    How many bees are you finding daily?
    Now that the temps have dropped I have been finding a couple dozen a day.
    I hope the hive isn't dying!
  9. Thread: Small dead Bees

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    Re: Small dead Bees

    I have noticed the same thing over here in Maple Valley, I am new to bees but I am guessing it is just house cleaning and normal for this time of year.
    I haven't opened the hive in a few weeks so...
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    winter your bees in cold storage

    Interesting but short article in the local paper. Winter hives in cold storage.

    http://www.king5.com/news/environment/Bees-winter-better-in-cold-storage-180454391.html
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    Re: may be dumb? what do bees eat in summer?

    I don't think it's a dumb question, I don't know the answer either.
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    Re: dead bees in front of entrance

    In my other post I wrote about messing with the bees when it was too cold. I went out this morning and they were clustered just outside the hive. Looked dead to me, if I had let themn remain they...
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    Re: clustering in the rain tonight

    They were out foraging when I removed the feeder. It must have been right on the cusp of temperature for them to be working in.
    I just went out and found the clusters still in same spot but dead....
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    clustering in the rain tonight

    Today I removed the hive top feeder and I was immediately attacked by the bees. I quickly closed up the hive and set the feeder next to the hive, there were bees inside it. The bees stayed inside...
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    Re: Why Plastic foundation? Also Foundationless

    As a newbee, first year having bees, I would say go with foundation for extracting ease. I know you can go crush and strain method with foundationless, but with plastic foundation you can spin it for...
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    Re: Video of the bees today in Seattle

    Todays video.
    There is probably twice the amount of pollen coming in today, it's a nice day at about 60 deg. no rain.
    It's nothing new to you more experienced Beeks, but I still find it...
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    Re: Video of the bees today in Seattle

    I don't know anything about plants, I'd never heard of Aster before but I do know what Dahlias are, there is a lady that has a small Dahlia farm about a mile from here.

    The bees you see entering...
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    Re: Video of the bees today in Seattle

    I don't know, sorry.

    I have never seen them coming back with so much pollen before.
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    Re: Video of the bees today in Seattle

    This is my first year/hive.
    I have the opening reduced to about 3". I just went out and checked it and there is about 20 bees sitting in front of the doorway, not fanning trying to cool it off, but...
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    Video of the bees today in Seattle

    I am amazed at how much pollen the bees were bringing in today. It's Nov 4th, cloudy and a few rain drops. I will try to attach a video, or the link to photobucket.

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  21. Re: 1st year honey harvest total for the class of 2012 newbees. Results?

    I got 8 pints. So somehwere around 12 lbs.?
    I have one hive started from a nuc.

    I notice the honey is thicker but lighter in color than the clover honey we get from costco. It is not as strong...
  22. Thread: Zombie Bees

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    Re: Zombie Bees

    They have been reported in the Seattle area.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019244585_zombees24m.html
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    Re: Extracted supers on hive creats robbing?

    I didn't even think of putting them on right before dark. Makes sense. It was my first experience with a frenzy like that, there were bees everywhere, I finally just put everything far away and let...
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    Extracted supers on hive creats robbing?

    I extracted four frames last night and I got 8 pints of honey.

    I took the extracted frames and set them back on the hive on top of the inner cover and set off a robbing frenzy.
    I tried smoking...
  25. Thread: Crazy year

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    Re: Crazy year

    Good question!
    I have been wondering the same thing, I hope someone comes along with an answer.

    I am thinking that you do the extract, put the supers back on, and when the weather has turned,...
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