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    Weird Beehavior from hive

    Last year I started a new hive in a beemax hive. I mixed 1/2 pierco with 1/2 wood/foundation to see how they took to the plastic frames (I alternated 1/1)

    They didn't seem to mind the plastic,...
  2. Thread: Dusty bottom

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    Dusty bottom

    Checked on the ladies today, and they were bringing in lots of yellow pollen. Loved the fact that several were dusted on their rear-ends!

    Palmer, Massachusetts
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    Re: Laying Worker/Late Season

    I appreciate all of the insight of everyone. My question now is how best to save the comb/stores. Is it sufficient to simply let them die off, and then put the hive into storage, or should I be...
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    Re: Laying Worker/Late Season

    I do not have a hive to combine with - and I come to terms with the plan to let them die out :eek:

    I just wanted to know if I was better off doing 'something' rather than nothing.

    There aren't...
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    Laying Worker/Late Season

    First year beekeeper. My hive has not been queenright for two months, despite attempting to introduce a new queen.

    I made the decision last month that it was too late in the season...
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    Re: Derek is hard at work

    I agree wholeheartedly - BBQ it is...

    Of course 04:05:06 07/09/09 will not happen again in my lifetime either, so BBQ is on the docket for Thursday as well. And Friday...and Saturday...

    Is...
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    Thanks to all who replied to ease my mind - great...

    Thanks to all who replied to ease my mind - great link too, bees in ballard!
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    Makes lots of sense, as the bees on the ground,...

    Makes lots of sense, as the bees on the ground, and on the hive were definitely youngsters
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    Did my bees just swarm?

    I'm a first year beek, and these bees were started from a package - they just finished week 9.

    I just inspected my bees yesterday, and all was grand - not much in the way of brood left in the...
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    Simple, and easy. Worked great!

    Simple, and easy. Worked great!
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    Inspecting multiple brood chambers

    I'm a first year beek, and have been opening the hive every week, so there hasn't been a lot of excess burr comb.

    However, last week, I went two weeks between inspections due to vacation, and...
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    I would think treating now might be predicated on...

    I would think treating now might be predicated on whether the bees were treated before they were sent out in the package.

    I was advised that the new bees do not need to be treated until the fall.
  13. Great trip report, and equally great videos to...

    Great trip report, and equally great videos to put some pictures with the words! Thanks for sharing.
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    You prompted me to try and get some shots of...

    You prompted me to try and get some shots of pollen coming in to our hive - man are those ladies in a hurry to unpack their bags! Tough to catch 'em coming in!
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    You're going to have to use a smaller opening in...

    You're going to have to use a smaller opening in your hardware cloth to keep those guys out of the feeder!
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    I have the 'kit' smoker from Better Bee. I too...

    I have the 'kit' smoker from Better Bee. I too use pine needles (dry ones!). I use a wad of paper to start, and then dump in a small amount of pine needles. Once that's going, I slowly add more...
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    I called the Doc, and they'll rubber stamp you...

    I called the Doc, and they'll rubber stamp you for an EpiPen if you tell them you're a beekeeper. If not for you, perhaps for your kids/wife/husband that help out!
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    Not a whole lot of love for the hive top feeders...

    Not a whole lot of love for the hive top feeders out there :scratch:

    I decided, for the time being to try out a double jar feeder that I saw at the WV beekeepers blog.

    Looked like an easy way...
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    Is this also the case with a new hive? ...

    Is this also the case with a new hive? Everything I've read says to keep feeding if they are drawing out frames.
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    One other thought, after thinking about the...

    One other thought, after thinking about the 'roughing up' comment - has anyone replaced the bmax poly L-shaped insert with some hardware cloth?
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    Interesting comment, Carl. When I first put...

    Interesting comment, Carl.

    When I first put the feeder on, I didn't think they were taking much syrup at all - and after I added some more (to note the level) I definitely noticed not much syrup...
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    BeeMax Hive Top Feeder with comb

    I have a BeeMax hive top feeder. It had started to grow mold, so I headed out to take it off and clean it.

    http://www.the-whites.org/bees/beemaxhtf.jpg

    I wanted to remove the bees from the...
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    Package is in, video is up!

    We installed our first package this week, and as many friends and family were interested in our progress, I put some pictures and a video of the installation on the web.

    We're in western...
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