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    Re: Would this work?

    I'm no expert (just got started myself), but from what I've seen in my hives already the bees have preferred to fill empty space from the bottom up. They fill starter strips down because there's some...
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    Re: Disoriented weak bees?

    If it is starvation, should I feed them this late in the year. As far as I can tell in my part of the country the flow has already started. I am ok with losing a hive if they are not strong enough or...
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    Disoriented weak bees?

    I went out to my hives this morning well after it had begun to warm up and noticed that one was very active. The other, however, had dozens (counted around forty and stopped counting, but there were...
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    Re: Swarm just left. Now what?

    I would have, but they went across the neighbor's property and I lost em after that.

    I'm thinking maybe they're not from my hives, but I've never heard of a 'visiting' swarm. They were flying...
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    Swarm just left. Now what?

    I was just out observing my two hives. They seemed active and fine from the entrance, so I went around (20 yards+ away) to see what they were working in the yard. A few minutes later I heard a loud...
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    mold/mildew in the top?

    I have noticed that the inside cover and the top hive feeder (under the inner cover) have been accumulating green mold, some mildew, and some white fluffy mold. Not huge amounts, but some.

    Is...
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    Re: New Beekeeper in Middle TN

    Welcome to Beekeeping in Middle Tn! I'm new this year too, with two hives since Late March. I also got Wolf Creek bees and Bon Aqua Springs woodenware. The bees seem healthy and the woodenware seems...
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    Re: Larger protective bees?

    Yeah, both hives seem to be doing well. I haven't checked the frames specifically, but I did see that they've built up several frames. One hive had built up about a 2x3x5" section of comb in the in...
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    Re: Larger protective bees?

    Not that I noticed.

    I remember them looking just like their smaller sisters. In looking at pictures online I know drones are larger, but the pictures I've seen show the drones being more wider...
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    Larger protective bees?

    A while ago I removed the package boxes from my hives (weather had required me to leave them in there for a few days). When I removed them, several bees refused to leave them. So, I simply put them...
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    Re: What to do, bad weather

    well it's done. One hive had its queen free. I hope she didn't get hurt from my inexperienced handling. They had started building comb on the package, but it was too new to have eggs/larvae.

    The...
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    Re: What to do, bad weather

    I have medium eight frame boxes. I have 4 frames of foundation in the hive. Sitting next to the frames is the package with the syrup can removed and the queen cage hanging between two frames. The...
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    What to do, bad weather

    I installed my packages on Wednesday, but due to weather had left the package boxes in the hives. I planned on removing the package boxes yesterday, but weather was in the forties. It was supposed to...
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    Re: best price on white dutch clover

    Prices at co-op here were 2.49/lb any qty. A local feed store had it for 2.38/lb for any qty as well.

    My suggestion would be to find a local agriculture feed store for reasonable prices and to...
  15. Re: Yellow (Carolina) Jasmine help please...

    http://www.ehow.com/about_5147253_side-effects-eating-jasmine-flowers.html
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    Re: Is this a queen?

    blotted bee? What's this?
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    Re: Is this a queen?

    Good! I was afraid the queen had gotten out of the cage early somehow and they killed her.

    Why would there be a bee so much larger? Do you think it's from another hive? My bees are small cell...
  18. Re: Just installed - totally different behavior???

    I only had the package for about an hour or two before putting it in. I got the package from a relatively local source, so they have not been "in the mail" for several days.

    I installed as I've...
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    Is this a queen?

    Ok, so I went out and saw these at the entrance of one of my brand new hives. Is the bee in the top right a queen?
    http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e374/JC4C/Bees/bees.jpg
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    Yeah, I was told to because it was so windy and pretty chilly. Today's been in the 40's, so I didn't want to open the hives at all. The syrup can is put off to the side, so the bees have easy access...
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    Re: Bad Weather

    Just curious why a brick is better than straps?
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    Alright, I'll leave the package boxes inside. I had just read that I should remove the package boxes from inside the hive as soon as possible. I'm guessing because they will start to build on them. I...
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    I just checked on them. I didn't open the hives; I just took off the inner and outer covers to check the syrup level. They're both heavily visiting the syrup, which I take to be a good sign. There...
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    I just gave both hives a quart of syrup that has tea tree and lemongrass oils in it. Had to come back to the house and refill the jars. When I opened the top of the feeder The busy hive was not as...
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    Just curious . . . worst case scenario - I have to buy a new queen and still have a viable hive? This is a medium 8 frame with foundation.
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