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  1. Re: Question's on mod's to Bonterra Swing View DW8

    I just built a bonterra 10 frame swing view. I love the mounting system on the bottom with the entrance on the bottom. Very easy to remove when working on hive and seems to pivot and work flawless....
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    Re: strange queen behavior

    well here's the lesson I learned. The odd queen behavior seems to be a virgin queen. Caught a swarm outside observation hive today that contained a queen that I am pretty sure was the original queen...
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    Re: Observation Hive Maintenance

    Double deep 10 frame. It takes two of us to move it but we have a educational farm tour business and we decided that was our best option. Ordered the plans thru bonterra @$30 and built 2x swing...
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    Re: strange queen behavior

    well here's the lesson I learned. The odd queen behavior seems to be a virgin queen. Caught a swarm outside observation hive today that contained a queen that I am pretty sure was the original...
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    Re: strange queen behavior

    That's possible I guess but hard to tell as the queen wasn't marked. But like you say it's like the other bees are pi**ed off at her biting at her and chasing her. Hard to say though as she looks...
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    Re: strange queen behavior

    That makes sense and explains that behavior I was so puzzled. So good news and bad news. I think we were right that they thought they needed to swarm and moving the brood frames down was maybe ok...
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    strange queen behavior

    The queen in my observation hive is acting strange. She was doing good,laying eggs, looking for empty brood cells and had a group of attending bees following her around. Now she scurries across...
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    Re: Observation Hive Maintenance

    back to bearding on outside entrance again and they are noticeably more aggressive. Hopefully they settle back down
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    Re: Observation Hive Maintenance

    Yes I did. Today they were acting pretty crazy, bearding outside entrance and clustered around entrance tube at bottom of hive. Thought they were gonna swarm so put a hive outside entrance hoping...
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    Observation Hive Maintenance

    Did some maintenance on OBH tonight. Bees had built almost all comb in top 2 frames of 10 frame Bonterra hive, Cold weather seemed to encourage them to build comb at top where feeder was. Noticed...
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    Re: condensation in observation hive

    Yeah I may try to ventilate some more but kind of tricky with 10,000 bees inside... any ideas?
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    condensation in observation hive

    How much condensation is ok in observation hive? My hive is in an unheated barn and with cold nights were having in western ny in the morning the glass has quite a bit of condensation on it. The...
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    Re: Keeping sugar syrup warm

    I am a new beekeeper so I'm not sure if this is ok. I have an observation hive in a cold barn. Bees were foraging and taking syruo like crazy when it was warm. Temps dropped to 50 for @ a week now...
  14. Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    WNY outside of Buffalo. 3 days since package install and 4 top frames(2 each side) are substantially covered with new comb and are showing a clear liquid in the cells would that be nectar or the...
  15. Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    10176Here's the bees in the hive
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    Installed bees today. Everything went great. A lot off bees went on the ground as we dumped them in hive but we just let the glass panel open a little and they crawled right in. Within @ 15...
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    Re: side by side atv/utv's

    We just got a new kubota rtv 500. Not the highest clearance or smoothest, fastest ride but built like a tank. More of a work vehicle than most. Some of the others might be better in mud but we...
  18. Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    Thanks for the good advice. I think I am going to try Mr. Bushes method that he had in the next post. I don't know if I will actually release queen b/c the hive has an access that I can pull out...
  19. Installing package bees in observation hive

    I am first time beekeeper with a Bonterra swingview 10 frame hive. Any suggestions on how to install package of bees in the hive. I have seen some videos but just asking for advice. I will try to...
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