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    Interesting that they would die of starvation. ...

    Interesting that they would die of starvation. This is a two hive body set-up and there was probably 5-6 frames full of honey. Those are the frames that I want to put in the new hive that I start...
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    Thanks for the pictures. All of the dead bees in...

    Thanks for the pictures. All of the dead bees in my frames are "nose -in" with their tail ends sticking out of the cells??
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    Michael - thank you for all the valuable...

    Michael - thank you for all the valuable information. Other than the strong "honey type" smell near the hive last fall, there is and was nothing unusual about the smell. I have attempted to do the...
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    Thanks Michael. I will do the string test. Will...

    Thanks Michael. I will do the string test. Will it be valid now that it has been many months since spring when I noticed the hive was dead? Thanks
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    I did not check for goo. Only after reading on...

    I did not check for goo. Only after reading on this forum did I think to ask. As I said, I definitely had varroa mites. Because I want to use some of the old foundation and frames of honey, I...
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    My single hive died this spring. This 5 year old...

    My single hive died this spring. This 5 year old hive produced a banner crop of honey last fall. In early spring I noticed quite a bit of activity in front of the hive and I thought all was OK. I...
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    Is it a secret? Are you on the run?

    Is it a secret? Are you on the run?
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    Thanks Robert. Where are you located?

    Thanks Robert. Where are you located?
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    Thanks - I will contact these Colorado people for...

    Thanks - I will contact these Colorado people for their thought, but I welcome everyone's ideas.
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    I will need two packages of bees this coming...

    I will need two packages of bees this coming spring. Do I need to order now? Have the hurricanes affected supplies? I am most interested in gentle bees resistant to disease rather than obtaining...
  11. I have had success smearing insect repellant...

    I have had success smearing insect repellant around the feeder holes. I did this before I was a beekeeper. Since becoming a beekeeper, the bees have never again gone to the feeder, thus I do not...
  12. Thread: Hive size

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    What is "Dadant Deep"? All my equipment is from...

    What is "Dadant Deep"? All my equipment is from Dadant, and my deeps are 9 5/8". I do not see anything bigger in their catalog (not that I would ever want bigger).
  13. Thread: Hive in Tree

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    Unfortunately, I cannot cut down the tree. It is...

    Unfortunately, I cannot cut down the tree. It is alive and actually looks good in the landscaping.
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    I am going to set the new hive up about 25' from...

    I am going to set the new hive up about 25' from their present location. If I don't get the queen, they will just go back home!
  15. Thread: Hive in Tree

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    I have a hive in an old scrub oak tree on my...

    I have a hive in an old scrub oak tree on my property. The opening is just a small split in the trunk of the tree. Would I have any luck using a bee-vac and extracting the bees and queen to move...
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    What is the best way to provide this summer...

    What is the best way to provide this summer ventilation? I assume I am not providing this by keeping the telescoping cover on.
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    I have been keeping bees for over five years, but...

    I have been keeping bees for over five years, but this is a beginner question. I use a top ventilation board in the winter, but in summer I simply have the inner cover and a telescoping lid. How...
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    Can I start a new hive from a swarm in mid June? ...

    Can I start a new hive from a swarm in mid June? I want to add another hive. I can take a few frames of honey from an established hive to give them a start. Thanks.
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    I have kept bees for 5+ years and was only stung...

    I have kept bees for 5+ years and was only stung one time. It was when I was taking their crop at the end of the season. One bee stung through my canvas glove. I went out and bought the...
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    How does this work? It is a two gallon clear...

    How does this work? It is a two gallon clear plastic jar. The bottom is cut out and a wire strainer is installed. Below the strainer is a plastic jar, again with the bottom cut off, thus providing...
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    Thanks everyone. I got a call from a guy that...

    Thanks everyone. I got a call from a guy that had a large swarm. I just finished putting it in my hive. Thanks everyone for the replies.
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    I received a call this afternoon from a guy with...

    I received a call this afternoon from a guy with a big swarm. I just "hived" it, so I guess my set-up will have to do. I bet there is 6ix or seven pounds of bees. Waaay bigger than a package.
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    I am replacing six frames with new foundation...

    I am replacing six frames with new foundation spread between two hive bodies. I am replacing them because they were poorly drawn out or in poor shape for various reasons. I need to know where best...
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    Thanks, but I do not understand your answer. If...

    Thanks, but I do not understand your answer. If I "Hive your package without foundation", then all the frames will already be full of either pollen or honey. How will they "cover 8-9 frames" if the...
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    What defines "honeybound" in the spring. My hive...

    What defines "honeybound" in the spring. My hive must have died in the fall. It is a two deep hive and it is virtually full of honey and pollen. I am attempting to get a package of bees. I have...
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