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    Re: bees absconded!

    Well said bluegrass. I didn't think of it that way.
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    Re: bees absconded!

    Solid board.
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    Re: bees absconded!

    i released her directly on the bottom before dumping in the package.

    upon further inspection, no queen or bees at all. also, i reattached a loose wax foundation with wire before installing and...
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    bees absconded!

    hey all. i installed 2 packages of bees on sat (2 days ago) and when i checked on them this morning one of the hives was completely empty! the other hive seems fine. i'm thinking i didn't clean...
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    Re: Dead Bee Removal

    good luck!
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    Re: Dead Bee Removal

    yesterday, i watched my bees carry out dead comrades from the top entrance. about a half dozen in 15 minutes. i had the same concern until i saw this.
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    Re: are my bees dying?

    thanks for all the replies. i added some syrup.
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    Re: are my bees dying?

    i laid about a 1/4 cup of sugar in each hive and sprayed it with water. that is all.



    i didn't know that, thanks dana. so you guys think it's just not warm enough yet to draw wax.
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    Re: are my bees dying?

    that makes sense. but wouldn't the cluster be buzzing, wings flapping, etc.? they're just holding onto each other like they're frozen...
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    Re: are my bees dying?

    45 degrees and sunny. the entrance to the hive is about 3/8 of an inch. i didn't shake off the clump. the bees attached to the top bar are not moving at all.
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    are my bees dying?

    i installed two packages one week ago and they are not doing well. i know that i released the queens successfully. i came back the next day and put some sugar on the bottom board and sprayed it...
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    Re: ordering package bees

    :thumbsup: thinkin' about that!
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    Re: ordering package bees

    great advice. i tend to get overwhelmed with all the possibilities and not take any action at all. i'm going to get two packages in my price range and see how it goes but also put my feelers out...
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    Re: ordering package bees

    great input folks. i'm going to consider bee weaver packages unless i can come up with a more local option. sort of running out of time here...

    ashb82-interesting that you had such different...
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    ordering package bees

    first post here. i've been skimming the board for a few weeks, what a great site! thanks to everyone that takes the time to contribute.

    after keeping bees with langstroth hives and medication...
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