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  1. Re: Crazy comb problems plagued first year hives, what do I do now?

    Bee Space is mainly the area between the frames and the box wall and frame. I don't believe the shim would create a problem. Try it and you will know!
    Good luck
  2. Thread: food plot

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    Re: food plot

    I agree with the 2 or 3 types of clover. Look for cold hardiness and water requirements too.
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    Re: Need help identifying a bee

    Do you have any idea what causes the virus or how it is contracted? I have some darker bees too and some crawling on the ground which I thought might be v. mite problems. I am currently treating with...
  4. Re: Crazy comb problems plagued first year hives, what do I do now?

    It sounds like you have a problem with "bee space"; too much in between the frames, and the bees are filling it. Push your frames together into the middle of the box and let the extra space be on the...
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    Re: Hello from Durham, North Carolina

    Welcome to the forum! This is a great resource for just about any situation you might be in. Glad you got on.
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    Re: What do foragers do when it rains?

    We have had 10 days + of rain and more coming. Will the pollen get so wet that foragers cannot get it? Do I need to put in sugar syrup until the storms pass?
    Man it's wet!
  7. Re: Bees throwing larvae out the front of the hive!

    I went back into my hive yesterday (15 days since last inspection) and everything looked good except high population of SHB. I added another trap and fresh oil to the first trap... this morning I'm...
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    Re: SHB are out of control

    I too have a high population of SHB. My hive was started with a package on 5/12 and has not gotten strong yet. I put in two beetle traps and when I checked today there was possibly 50 in each one....
  9. Thread: Weed Control

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    Re: Weed Control

    I placed my bee hive on a rubber mat (old conveyor belt) 1/2 " thick and 3' wide. Use a couple of strips so that you have 4' all around. You can pin the edges to make sure the mower doesn't hit it or...
  10. Re: Bees throwing larvae out the front of the hive!

    I see this is an old thread but it's new to me. I did a hive inspection yesterday and everything looked great; lots of brood and eggs. This morning @ 0800 I checked the Bee Yard and saw lots of white...
  11. Thread: Tiny Red Ants

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    Re: Tiny Red Ants

    Try sprinkling cinnamon on your bottom board and inner cover. Ants don't like cinnamon, also make sure that if you are feeding no sugar falls under the hive.
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    Re: Feeder to fit in medium super?

    Have you thought about using a "baggie" feeder? It's easy to use if you put it under the inner cover and robbing shouldn't be a problem.
  13. Thread: checking hives

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    Re: checking hives

    Another thing that will help you is to keep a journal. For some that may not seem important but if you write up each visit you will not have to remember what you did; you will have a record. You can...
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    Re: I need to start beekeeping, right NOW

    Bee sure you get a smoker, gloves, and a veil.
  15. Thread: need advice

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    Re: need advice

    I would look again to see if she might be hiding. Give it a week and check again for eggs & queen; if no go get a new queen.
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    Re: Intorducing new queen

    IN MY EXPERIENCE (very limited) bee careful where you place the queen cage. If you put it between frames you need to go back in 4 days and release her; if you wait longer you might find burr comb...
  17. Re: Would robber bees hang out over night to attack again in daylight?

    I too have a situation of lots of bees flying around the hive. I have a SBB and the girls are going under the hive and climbing on the wire and dropping the pollen pellets (about 1/2 coffee cup full)...
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    Hello from Eastern North Carolina

    New to beekeeping hobby. I put in my 1st hive 05/12/2013 with a 3 lb package and a queen. One hive, 8 frame Langstroth; will be 2 deeps and 2 mediums. I plan to build a top bar this fall. I currently...
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