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    Re: Ants in the hive

    Wow, you all outdid my expectations. Yes, they were mostly under the top cover. I figured the bees would help rid the hive of them, but didn't know for sure how alarmed I should be by it. I like the...
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    Ants in the hive

    This spring, for the first time in our 4 year beekeeping history, we have had a lot of little ants running out when we take the lid off one of our hives. Not a clue what to do about it. We have...
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    Re: Best Small Hive Beetle Treatment

    This is the first time I've seen SHB's in my hives. I've run 3 hives for about 3 years now, and today when I opened the top lid of one, about 15-20 of them dashed out. I didn't inspect all the way...
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    Best Way to Deal With Small Hive Beetle

    I've been researching SHB treatment after finding one hive overrun with them today. It's my weakest hive, I suspect that is the reason. This is the first time in 3 years that I've had enough of them...
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    Re: Advice on using products for bee health

    I think I can get ahold of some political signs in a couple of weeks! :) Good suggestion. Thank you much for your help, Graham and Flower. Will print the sugar recipe to try later. I tried one last...
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    Re: Advice on using products for bee health

    Yes, I have screened bottom boards and have not put a solid board to close it up before. I've read you can use wood or a piece of styrofoam, but not sure where/how to put it in. Does it slide in...
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    Advice on using products for bee health

    After 3 years into beekeeping I still have so many questions. Can someone give me advice on winterizing? I live in south central Kansas and don't know whether I need to put in a solid bottom board or...
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    Re: Why so many queen problems?

    Thank you for your replies. That's all good information. My first bees were minnesota hygienic and I was very happy with them, however I ended up losing them last year. This year due to circumstances...
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    Why so many queen problems?

    Is it normal to have to requeen or let the bees raise a new queen several times every year? It seems I've had nothing but problems since getting my first three colonies last May, 2012. Some of my...
  10. Re: What exactly is considered honey flow and how do you remove Terramycin?

    I had two of three hives die over the winter, one apparently froze, all the bees were laying on the bottom dead. The other one had no bees in it. It had a few scattered closed brood cells, and had a...
  11. What exactly is considered honey flow and how do you remove Terramycin?

    And how long will I be a newbie?!

    The directions say to remove terramycin dust six weeks before honey flow. When exactly would that be?? There's already a full super on my hive left from winter....
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    Re: Extracting tips and advice, help!

    Thank you both, that helps a lot! We had a miserable day of extracting and only got half finished. Will rethink based on your input.
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    Extracting tips and advice, help!

    I had two hives that didn't make it, first winter with bees. I decided to extract most of the honey before putting in new bees, there were full supers on both hives and a lot in the second of two...
  14. Re: Two out of three hives dead, can't tell what this is

    I think what happened to my bees was that they froze. When I put two and two together-no bottom board and the crazy up and down temps this spring, and the way the bees had all just dropped to the...
  15. Two out of three hives dead, can't tell what this is

    Last year was my first year beekeeping, and my very strong hive was dead when I opened it for the first time this season today. I'm attaching a picture of the bottom screen of the hive. It looked...
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    Re: Am I too late to harvest honey?

    Haha, good one! He got a chuckle out of that. Thanks! :)
    Going out to harvest this morning!
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    Re: Am I too late to harvest honey?

    Thank you for all the advice-Vance, the tips sound really helpful.

    Russ-That sounds like a useful idea as well. I'd like to avoid the chemicals if possible.

    jadell-Thanks, we have 3 supers on...
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    Re: Am I too late to harvest honey?

    I have two deeps, and 3 supers on the hive that's thriving. Our second hive has one super on it, and our third which we requeened twice is doing ok now but has no supers.

    Thank you for your help,...
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    Re: Am I too late to harvest honey?

    Thank you so much, that answers my questions. Very helpful. I hadn't thought about the temperature, and it makes sense to leave things alone at this point.

    OK, I hope this isn't a really dumb...
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    Am I too late to harvest honey?

    I'm afraid I missed the boat here... in south central Kansas. I had it in my mind that by the first of October was fine, but am reading others harvested the first of September. How late is too late??...
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    Re: New, need advice on requeening

    So if you're only putting a frame of brood, no bees, there isn't a problem with queen pheromone, taking from one hive to another?

    Oh, and thank you for your help! :) It has been very fun and...
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    New, need advice on requeening

    We started out with 3 hives, one and two are doing well. Number three we have requeened once, I let her out a week ago after a 4 day introductory wait, and she dived right in. Today, one week later,...
  23. Re: Rehashing the age old "I can't find my queen" dilemma

    I'm new to beekeeping this year. I thought someone told me not to scrape off the burr comb. Are there different opinions about it, or did I misunderstand? We have a lot built up between two frames...
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    Re: To feed or not to feed

    I have a similar question. We received our bees early May in Kansas, been feeding each of 3 colonies a quart a day, it is always gone when I go out to check on them. Is this reasonable? Is a qt a day...
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