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    Re: BeeHive Deadout?

    Well, if they are dead then that is the 4th hive to die out on me this year.
    I need to harvest the honey, and get ready for more packages next spring.
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    Re: BeeHive Deadout?

    I didn't see any movement. I did not look too close as I didn't want to disturb a cluster that might be hanging on.
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    Re: BeeHive Deadout?

    No there was no activity. But last winter they appeared to not have any activity and there was a thriving colony inside.
    I think when it is warmer in the day I will check to see if any activity. I...
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    Re: BeeHive Deadout?

    Here is a look at them in the shed. and I added sugar and dry pollen mix. There appears to be 2 full frames of honey.
    I am hoping they will warm up and become active enough to get food on an...
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    BeeHive Deadout?

    I am trying to figure out what happened to my bees and if I still have a cluster below.
    After thanksgiving it slipped down to 20 degrees a few nights with a high still below 40. That was only a few...
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    Re: Merry CHristmas!

    Merry Christmas and ...
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    Re: William Bouguereau's Bees

    This painting was just uncovered after over 100 years of gathering dust in his grand children's attic...
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    William Bouguereau's Bees

    I didn't know but William Bouguereau was a beekeeper!
    http://i920.photobucket.com/albums/ad46/disc999golfer999/cover.jpg
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    Re: Invasion!!

    I had a second hive that got destroyed.
    Well 1 less to try and overwinter.

    I thought I still had bees in there, but I noticed fighting outside when I was home for lunch.
    So what I did was to put...
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    Re: Invasion!!

    Yes a total loss.
    I think that hive died out because of a few reasons. I had not really closed off the entrance enough until a few weeks ago.
    I was using an external entrance feeder on my other...
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    Re: Invasion!!

    Actually I was using a bucket feeder which was inside the hive. I put it on 1/2 inch mounts and I had it over the hole in this photo. I used a spare super body and lid to cover the whole feeder and...
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    Re: Invasion!!

    A photo from August 7th. Here I am looking at the viewing window where I got the smaller honey super installed.
    Today I look and there are no bees. It has been over a month that I looked at them. ...
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    Re: Invasion!!

    Yes it looks like them. These are the ones I destroyed by the entrance.
    That will put a dent in their population.
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    Re: Invasion!!

    Here is a video of activity at another hive entrance.: Yes it looks like robbing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJB-_ieH3U4
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    Re: Invasion!!

    Here are multiple images of the invader bee:
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    Invasion!!

    My Italian Bee Colony's (and Apiary) bees got invaded by this bee...
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    I need help to identify. One whole colony was wiped out...
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    Re: fall feeding ?

    I have started to feed my 4 hives. I got 2 jar feeders, and 1 tub feeder. The quart jars get consumed in about 3 or 4 hours by my 2 story hive "Bellodonna", and Elizabedda takes about 4 or 5 hours....
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    I have an update.
    First, the brood hatched as it was a frame fully drawn with capped brood when I put it in there. So that hive has plenty of nurse and young bees.
    Second my marked queen is...
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    Re: Small hive beetle infested comb

    What would happen if you took all that defecated honey, put it into a fermenter with some wine yeast, and some other solution and got the fermentation going.
    Rack it a few times, and filter, and you...
  20. Re: Is early August too late to start a split in the northeast?

    Usually when you do a split you want the nectar flow to still be going since they produce more comb earlier in the season as in early spring to summer. Otherwise you will need to feed the bees sugar...
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    Thanks, it does make sense. So what I did was to add bunches of bees including nurse bees when I shook them into the Garlic Tray. So It will be interesting to see how it turns out. So far I added 2...
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    http://youtu.be/Wsw2ZKVx-NQ

    http://youtu.be/Wsw2ZKVx-NQ

    I am trying to save my Geoffreda hive. I am doing what I call a "Garlic Combine". The premise is the bees from my monster hive...
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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    OK thanks,

    I will recheck the hive as I need to add more frames to make it a full sized nuc.

    Has anybody tried opening a larger hive and grabbing a (queen-less) frame and shake their nurse bees...
  24. Re: Beehive extremely weak, please help!!!

    12669Hi Potato,

    I think you are referring to this as the 2nd queen:
    I am not sure if that is one or not. She does appear to have a big belly.
    The other photo may be a drone.
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    Re: Farmhouse extraction slideshow.

    Good extraction. Nice pictures. You make it look easy!
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