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  1. Queen flew away while instaling package- How long can I keep package bees?

    New beekeeper here. Long story short, my queen flew away when I tried to replace the cork with marshmallow. I waited and she never came back. I have since ordered a new one from Florida (I am in WA...
  2. Re: Starting two foundationless hives from packages

    I concur with Charlie. I did the same thing you are doing two years ago, and only added the second hive body after 7 of ten were filled.
  3. Dead brood/larvae in last years frames- re-use frames this year?

    Last year was my second year keeping bees. I had one hive that died late last autumn, for whatever reason. They were being constantly robbed by yellow jackets and I think that was what finally did...
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    Been feeding 1:1.. is it time for 2:1?

    My bees are still feeding greedily on 1 to1.. But it sounds like I should switch to two parts sugar to one part water now? Is this correct?
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    Most common meds for fall feeding?

    Hey all,

    first year with the bees and not too sure on what meds I should start giving them. Any recommendations?

    Thanks
    :)
  6. First hive-9 of 10 frames filled- Add another?

    I started my first hive April 17th and my bees got off to a slow start. They have finally filled 9 of ten frames, as of today. I have been feeding since the day I started the hive and they are taking...
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    Re: My first hive kicking out drones already?

    I got to thinking today that bees stopped taking food when I switched from a 1:2 sugar to water ratio to a 1:1 sugar water ratio. Have you guys ever seen this before? Could the switch in "quality"...
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    Re: My first hive kicking out drones already?

    What is a sugar shake?
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    My first hive kicking out drones already?

    Hey all,

    I started a package on a single ten frame hive back in mid-april and have been feeding them ever since. They have just stopped taking food in the past week or so. They have filled less...
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    2 month old new hive- no honey?

    My first hive is two months old today.. An inspection last evening, (my third) revealed that the bees have only filled 4 of the 10 frames and there is absolutely no capped honey anywhere.. There is...
  11. Re: Bee Poop and the color of young bees- 2 questions from a noob

    Well, the whole nosema thing has me quite worried, then.. This is my first attempt at beekeeping and when I received my package bees 6 weeks ago, I was told they had been fully medicated and I didn't...
  12. Bee Poop and the color of young bees- 2 questions from a noob

    Hey all,

    I set up my first hive, with a single deep brood chamber, on with a package on april 17.. Yesterday, I noticed a lot more bees flying around than normal, and several of them were darker...
  13. Re: Bees in new hive all linked/chained together-normal?

    Thank you everyone for your timely and useful responses.. :D
  14. Bees in new hive all linked/chained together-normal?

    I did my firstever hive inspection today on a twelve day old foundationless langstroth hive with two frames of foundation.. Anyway, when I pulled apart the frames to take a look, all the bees...
  15. Re: Just installed bees in foundationless hives!

    I installed my very first package of bees 12 days ago into a single 10 frame langstroth with two frames of foundation and 10 foundationless frames (Kelley). I just did my first hive inspection...
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    Hollhocks and honeybees

    Do honeybees like hollyhocks? I know that bumblebees love them? We have hundreds of hollyhocks around our place and I am wondering if it will provide a food source for my bees...
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    When should I add the second brood box?

    Hey all-

    I installed my first packages of bees (a week ago today) into a single deep filled with 8 foundationless frames and two frames with foundation.. My plan is to have at least two deeps for...
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    Re: Can I relocate a 6 day old hive?

    Thank you for the detailed information.. I only want to move the hive about 5 to 10 feet to the left.. Nothing major.. Sounds like it will be ok...

    thanks!
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    Re: Can I relocate a 6 day old hive?

    Ok.. so can i move the hive?
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    Can I relocate a 6 day old hive?

    I installed my first ever hive last sunday (April 18).. I realize now that the location is lousy because the bees are in shade most of the time.. Can I relocate the hive?

    They arent out...
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    Re: Installed first package- a few questions

    Well, I took your advice and went out and released the queen tonight (It's been three full days).. Crossing my fingers! Thanks!
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    Re: Installed first package- a few questions

    I have installed a feeder... I read in my book "The Backyard Beekeper" that I should wait 5 days before I remove the cork.. If the bees appear to be non-aggressive toward the queen at that point,...
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    Installed first package- a few questions

    Hey all,

    Well, I finally got my bees and installed them yesterday.. BTW, if you want to see how to do everything wrong and get stung in the process, check out the youtube video my buddy put...
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    Is this a good feeder?

    Hey guys,

    I have heard a lot about the negative points of entrance feeders, plus I have humming bird feeders at my house and the yellowjackets swarm them every year, so long story short, I am...
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    foundationless in deep supers?

    Hey all,

    Ordering my beekeeping equipment next week and I am very excited. I am going to start off with one hive (all I can afford right now!) and my plan is to go foundationless. I am planning on...
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