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  1. Pleasantly Surprised but a bit baffled by one of my hives

    When I was pulling my supers last September I was positive I lost the queen after she had gotten in the honey super and then into the bed of my pickup truck where she scurried away.

    1. Hive was...
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    Re: Deadout Clean up

    I figured as much. I have this picture of having my face plastered with wax, honey and bee parts otherwise. :) ha ha ha
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    Re: Deadout Clean up

    I didn't think of the compressor. Just hit them with air and they shoot out? I will have to give it a try! I would say 70 percent of the frames have bees in them. It was a huge cluster. I think...
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    Deadout Clean up

    Six hives one bit the dust. Some how I screwed up the amount of feed I thought they had as the hive only had four frames out of 20 with any stores left. Other fives hives are doing well after the...
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    Re: Need help with a slow hive

    I am looking at other options rather then picking up a new queen. I am turning this into a test hive at this point.

    If I put in a new queen its going to be with the double screen running a two...
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    Need help with a slow hive

    I have 6 hives this year and five are doing very well but I have a bad queen in one. She has been laying shotgun pattern brood since I installed the package. I need to requeen the hive and was...
  7. Re: Question about hive that did not overwinter

    I am going to mix two empty, two honey, and one pollen in each box. I will space them out to encourage them to draw out the empty frames more quickly. I am hoping with a decent queen my new hives...
  8. Re: Question about hive that did not overwinter

    Hey,

    I have hives in Cleveland Heights just next door. I lost a hive due to a bad laying queen. I am just splitting my 20 frames among four boxes and starting four more hives with packages. I...
  9. Re: Well Lost one of my hives. Gotta modify my spring plans now.

    Thanks for the tip bluegrass! I got a few weeks yet till I have to set my plans in stone. Hopefully the bees are fresh enough. They were still soft when I broke the cluster up. I will soak them...
  10. Re: Well Lost one of my hives. Gotta modify my spring plans now.

    Na, hive slowly died not just suddenly collapsed. I found the queen she froze cause the cluster was to small. She definately just stopped laying.
  11. Well Lost one of my hives. Gotta modify my spring plans now.

    Hived two packages last spring. One took off the other I had to nurse all summer. Thought I finally got the slow hive going by the end of summer. They stored enough honey for the winter but when I...
  12. Re: Putting Girls away for the year. Thanks for the help this season!

    I have a 3/4 inch insulation board under the top cover above the inner cover. Should I still put foam on the top? I didn't want to totally seal the top off so moisture could get out under the inner...
  13. Re: Putting Girls away for the year. Thanks for the help this season!

    Those hives aren't mine. The property owner allowed him in after I setup my hives this spring. I haven't met him yet but he keeps up with his hives for the most part but apparently decided not to...
  14. Re: Putting Girls away for the year. Thanks for the help this season!

    Already making plans. Going to try and get to ten hives in the spring. I will split my two hives and then do some packages. I was at the shop looking at some extractors earlier this week. Takes...
  15. Putting Girls away for the year. Thanks for the help this season!

    Hey guys,

    Just wanted to say a big thank you for the help this season. I had a relatively good year for a 1st season. No honey but my hives are strong and ready for winter I believe.

    Here is...
  16. Re: Lookin for some advice preppin my hives for fall

    Thanks guys, just saw a bunch of people already starting the fall prep and thought I was falling behind. If my allergies are a good judge goldenrod is starting to pop here now.

    I used top...
  17. Lookin for some advice preppin my hives for fall

    Checked out my hives today after two weeks off.

    Hive 1: Package bees started mid April

    Two deeps and one Medium. I figured I would be pulling the medium this week or next but need to go get...
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    Re: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) feed

    Thanks for the facts guys.

    As for natural beekeeping better find a hollow tree dump your bees and walk away. As mentioned there is nothing natural about manipulating boxes of bees. I am in it...
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    Re: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) feed

    Good question! I will be running 12 hives next year and mixing up 12-24 gallons of sugar syrup a week is going to be royal pain in the butt. I am considering buying some 55 gallon drums of HFCS for...
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    Re: How many bees do you smoosh?

    Maybe I am heartless but its their fault as I see it. I will gently place everything giving them ample time to get out of the way. If they are stubborn thats their choice. I attempt not to...
  21. Re: Is there a way to determine plants feeding bees? Typical flows for Cleveland, OH

    I love this site! Thank you for the site! now I gotta print it and sit and watch my hives! Tomorrow is going to be a quiet day :).
  22. Is there a way to determine plants feeding bees? Typical flows for Cleveland, OH?

    I am watching the bees coming in with their legs packed with pollen. The colors have changed over the spring as they find new sources and plants cycle.

    Is there a guide, book or chart that...
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    Re: Slow hive. Got some more questions!

    The colonies are at eight weeks on the 14th. Thanks for the suggestions guys. Maybe my problem is I just got one really ambitious hive and its making my "normal" hive seem slow.
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    Re: Slow hive. Got some more questions!

    Thank you for the help. Here are the answers to your questions:

    1. Rite Cell
    2. Top Feeder w/ 1:1 sugar syrup every other batch has HBH
    3. The bees are covering 6 frames with a few...
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    Slow hive. Got some more questions!

    Checked my two hives yesterday. I have one that is already doubled on the deeps and in one week they filled 1/2 the top double. I will be supering this coming weekend I believe.

    My problem...
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