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  1. Re: (Medicated?) honey extracted from dead hive -- what to do with it?

    That was my thought, as well. Contaminating next year's harvest is my #1 concern. At what point should I quit feeding it? Obviously before the supers go on, but wait for the beautiful bell-shaped...
  2. (Medicated?) honey extracted from dead hive -- what to do with it?

    On Saturday I extracted the honey from my dead hive, and got a whopping three gallons. This evening (after going through all that work) I remembered that there were meds in the hive while at least...
  3. Re: Hive dead. Performed deadout. Any suggestions as to the cause?

    Thanks, all. I appreciate the insight from all of you. That's one of the reasons I love this forum.
  4. Re: Hive dead. Performed deadout. Any suggestions as to the cause?

    Thank you. At the time I wasn't sure if there was a cluster issue, or if they just couldn't fight them off because they were clustering. By that point in the year, though, I didn't dare open the hive...
  5. Re: Hive dead. Performed deadout. Any suggestions as to the cause?

    I thought about robbers. There were an abnormal number of yellow jackets coming and going from the hive in the early winter (we see them a lot during the fall, trying to get in), but I neever saw any...
  6. Re: Hive dead. Performed deadout. Any suggestions as to the cause?

    No, I didn't. I rooted through all the dead bees but disn't see her. I forgot to mention that (kind of important, too). But there's always a chance I missed her.
  7. Re: Hive dead. Performed deadout. Any suggestions as to the cause?

    Italian-Carni hybrid. This wasn't their first winter, so I was surprised when they kicked the bucket.

    I guessed the brood had something to do with it, but I always figured they'd cluster and let...
  8. Hive dead. Performed deadout. Any suggestions as to the cause?

    I apologize in advance for the long post.

    My last hive died, and I performed a deadout this afternoon, and I'm a little puzzled by what I found. I was hoping some of you more experienced beeks...
  9. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    That depends on what I'm doing and how much armor I'm wearing. :)

    I'm not scared of them, but with a moderately bad reaction to bee stings I'd rather not get stung. I walk around my hives in...
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    Re: First state bee inspection

    That's a good point. It's possible that there was some other reason, as well. The bees that were getting pulled out weren't drones, though. They were purple-eye and you could clearly see they were...
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    First state bee inspection

    So the state Department of Agriculture and Food came out to inspect my apiary. This wasn't a random check -- I had volunteered for it to help out with a multi-year study the state is doing.

    The...
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    Re: mowing around hive

    I mow/trim around my hives and haven't had a problem. I've heard that letting stuff kicked up by the mower hit the hive will cause a problem.

    Of course, all bees are different, YMMV, etc.
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    Re: Robber Screen and drone removal.

    When my first hive was new it got robbed almost immediately. I left the screen on the whole season, and the bees got used to it very quickly. It didn't seem to hinder them a bit.
  14. Utah beeks: Participation in state bee health study

    I just volunteered to participate in a statewide two-year study on bee health. Anybody else volunteer? The inspector's coming out to inspect my hive next week. Supposedly all it involves is a brood...
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    Re: What are the bees doing?(pic)

    Agreed. Robbing.
  16. Thread: Black bees

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    Re: Black bees

    I saw a black bee in my front yard the other day. I was cleaning out an empty hive and it must have been attracted to the leftover wax and whatnot. From what I saw of it, it was jet black with dark...
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    Re: Split to save dying hive

    That's the impression I'm getting.
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    Split to save dying hive

    The saga of the dying hive continues.

    Last Saturday I gave the hive a good going over. No eggs or queen. So I shook the hive out and re-queened. She's dead. They didn't even let her out of her...
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    Re: Laying worker hive? (with pictures)

    Thanks, all!
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    Re: Lurking under the TC

    Thanks. I don't mind the spiders around the hive. I've seen them with wax moths, too. :D
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    Re: Laying worker hive? (with pictures)

    Thanks. I was a little confused as some worker cells had only one egg, while others had more than one. I only just discovered the situation a few days ago, so haven't done much. Following a...
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    Lurking under the TC

    I about passed out from shock when I saw this guy lurking around under the TC this morning. It's hard to tell from the photo, but he's the biggest jumping spider I've ever seen. And he got one of my...
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    Laying worker hive? (with pictures)

    This is a follow-on to a previous post, where I bemoaned the fact that I thought I had a laying worker hive. I opened it up again this morning and took the following photos. One is of eggs laid in...
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    Re: I've got a laying worker hive

    Thanks, I think I'll give it a try. My hives are right in the backyard, so it won't be much work. It's cheaper, too.

    Did you shake the hive out to try and get rid of the laying worker, first?
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    Re: I've got a laying worker hive

    By clean out, I mean brush the hive out to get rid of the laying workers before I requeen. I'm keeping the comb.

    Well, I didn't get stung at all last year. I was hoping to keep it up this year....
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