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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Thanks for the tip Santas. I'll try the axel grease. That sounds like it may work better that the denatured earth.
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    So what do most seasoned beekeepers use underneath their hives to fight ants? I've used denatured earth in the past. (trying to be organic). Haven't had any problems till this year when I used...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    The pictures that I posted showed wax that had a bit of honey still. I think the ants were after the honey and just took over.
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I'm not sure if the ants actually come into the hives to kill or not. My theory is the ants came in droves and disturbed the hive enough that the queen packed up and left and took MOST of the hive...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    This was a bitter lesson for me to learn. Normally I'm pretty good about treating the ground underneath my hives but this year I just didn't even think about it. Focused too much on queens, splits,...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Just wanted to follow up real quick. I was out the other night and remembered that I had left some wax near the empty hives that I had cleaned out. Here's what I found.

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    Fall Bee Packages

    I was just curious. Does anyone know if you can purchase bee packages this time of the year? If so, what are the chances of them making it through the winter? If the chances are the same as an...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Nope. No honey at all....
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I've had these same hives for about 3 years now and they have been doing pretty good up to this point. I'm going to have to get new packages this spring to replace these hives. They had brood about 2...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Hey gang I took a few more pics today . I tried to get as closeup of a shot as I could without blurring the shot. There doesn't seem to be anything in any of the frames that I can see. Does anyone...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I checked the third hive and looks exactly the same. Pollen and nothing else. Well this is a hard lesson learned. Treat the ground underneath your hives with something and "Don't Neglect It". In the...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Nothing in the first two. I'm currently going through the third and so far it looks the same. Just a few frames that look like pollen is half way packed in. I've place denatured earth around the...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Here's a few more pics from some other frame.

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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Hi All

    I was able to look closer at more of the frames after the freezer took care of the wax moths. I noticed that some of the frames still had what appeared to be pollen packed about halfway...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Ok gang. I was able to get inside the hives and there was no brood, no honey, NUFFIN!!! I took the frames and put them in the freezer because wax moths had already started to move in. I noticed in...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    You know that is an interesting point!!!! I have noticed ants during the day but just brushed them off and kept going. This is also the first year that I have not used anything on the ground...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I didn't see any signs of mites but I may have missed something. I'm going to break the empty hives down later on today and do a closer inspection. In my neck of the woods wax moths and hive beetles...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I'm starting to think the bees swarmed out. I checked all three hives and noticed only a few bees in each hive. May have been robber bees cleaning out what was left. I didn't notice anything out of...
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    AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Well right when I thought I was starting to get a handle on beekeeping, I checked my hives yesterday and noticed that 3 of my good hives were completely gone. 1 hive in particular was doing really...
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    Re: No Queen Laying

    What about feeding? Are you feeding your bees now or waiting for a late fall honey flow?
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    Re: No Queen Laying

    These are carnis. I'm not seeing any brood at all. I have a few hives at another location that seem to be doing well.
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    No Queen Laying

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    I've noticed this week that I have about 4 hives that aren't showing any signs of brood. I've looked for a queen but haven't seen her. The bees are really calm which makes me think that...
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    Re: Crystalized Honey

    As woodedareas stated, a lot of people in my area are used to buying liquid honey and it's hard to get them to understand REAL honey will crystalize. If I can get past this hurdle I can possibly sell...
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    Re: Crystalized Honey

    This is my second year of harvesting honey. Last year I bottled mainly in plastic bottles. I noticed over the winter that the bottles would crystalize and I wasn't too surprised at that. This year I...
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    Crystalized Honey

    Hi All

    I'm noticing this year that my honey is crystalizing pretty fast this year. Is anybody else running into this? Also, is there a way to slow down the crystalizing process?

    Thanks for any...
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