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    Lost Hive, Reusing Frames and Reserves

    With the weather forcasted to break into the 50's this weekend I wanted to do some hive checks and a little reconfiguration on a few hives. A couple hives have nearly empty top deep boxes that I...
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    Re: Double Deep One Empty

    Will do, thanks for the input!
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    Double Deep One Empty

    I have several new hives from cutouts this year. The bees filled out one deep box and I put another deep on top late in the year so I could feed them with a frame feeder. Now that it is too cold to...
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    How do you weigh hives?

    I want a weight on all my hives. How can I do this without putting a hive scale on each?
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    Re: Cool and Unexpected

    I am worried about all of the hives running out of chow actually. I fed in October as I don't feel most of the hives had enough and probably still don't. What is an option to feed in this cold...
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    Cool and Unexpected

    I am a first year beekeeper and I have learned a lot this first year with plenty more to learn. I have eight hives I started this year from cutouts and a couple swarms. All the hives are different in...
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    Re: Percent of Honey to Harvest

    Great, thanks everyone for the replies.
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    Re: Percent of Honey to Harvest

    Ok, so am I just taking into account entire frames of honey in the supers or do I include the stores around the periphery of the brood frames. Some have more some less than others.
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    Percent of Honey to Harvest

    I don't want to take too much honey to starve them but I have no idea what amount of honey would be excess and what is essential for survival. Of course it would be based on size of the colony and...
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    What Ratio for Summer Feed?

    I am wanting to feed a couple of Nucs and a couple of struggling starts from trapouts earlier this summer. What ratio of sugar to water do you suggest? I was going to go with 1:1? THANKS
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    Re: Too Late to Make Nuc's?

    I have eight hives, four are going strong. I see several people mention using mated queens. Would it be wise to remove the queen from a strong hive to start the nuc and let the strong hive raise a...
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    Too Late to Make Nuc's?

    Just what the title says. I wanted to start two or three Nuc's. Do you think I will be ok or should I wait for another time. If so, when do you suggest?
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    Re: Thank you Beesource

    Great post Pyro, I concur! I just started keeping bees this season and most everything I have a question about I have found answers to in the archives but if I do post a question it has been answered...
  14. Re: What's this Northern Virginia weed bees love?

    Sounds like you need some tactful educated and appreciative hunter to come harvest some table fare.
  15. Re: What's this Northern Virginia weed bees love?

    Sweet White Clover for sure. That is the it food source around here at the moment but it is losing momentum fast.
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    Re: Hygienic Behavior, Why?

    Varroa problems immediately popped into my head as a possibility but I don't even know how to test them for mite levels?
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    Hygienic Behavior, Why?

    This is my first year beekeeping and I am finding I can hardly keep up with educating myself on new situations and experiences. I peformed a cutout on a fairly small hive about a month ago. I removed...
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    Re: Best Manner in Which to Feed

    So is most everyone elses experience the same as Scorpionman, internal feeding is pretty safe from robbing? Do you have robber screens on Scorpionman?
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    Re: Best Manner in Which to Feed

    I was hoping by limiting the amount of feed it could encourage drawing of comb but not storage, perhaps not. The removal of exisitng honey is a good idea.

    Would a front hive feeder help discourage...
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    Best Manner in Which to Feed

    I have decided to begin feeding a few of my weaker startup colonies to encourage comb construction. I have never fed before and I am concerned about robbing and the bees backfiling or somply storing...
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    Combine Hives, Yes/No?

    I have two hives I think I should combine but perhaps not, looking for opinions. I don't want to feed if I don't have to but that may be my only realistic option. One hive is a swarm caught three...
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    Re: Swarm Cells How to Split?

    Great, I will remove the queen, brood and support bees and some feed into a Nuc this afternoon.
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    Re: Swarm Cells How to Split?

    The supercedure cells possibility makes sense as there are so few cells but the queen is really hammering out a ton of eggs in a great pattern, she sure seems like she has plenty of miles to me, lol....
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    Swarm Cells How to Split?

    I caught a good sized swarm one month ago and installed them in a deep ten frame box. They have built out eight of the ten frames, five with brood and three with honey/pollen. I only added one frame...
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    Re: Do Queen Cups = Swarming?

    Beautiful, thanks everyone, the queen has plenty of lay space but the cups still had me concerned.
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