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  1. Thread: Honey Hater

    by dwmiller
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    Honey Hater

    http://gentleworld.org/3-reasons-not-to-eat-honey/

    This post really made me laugh. Here's my favorite part:

    "Is there any other food that you would willingly eat that has been swallowed,...
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    Re: New package making honey

    My first year of beekeeping I installed two packages and by the end of the year I had 6 supers full of honey for about 200lbs worth. Amazing first year that I haven't come near duplicating. ...
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    Broken Honeycomb

    Yesterday I went to inspect a hive and I took out the first frame in the top brood box (next to the hive wall) and set it aside, then proceeded with my inspection. When I went to replace the...
  4. Re: Inexpensive (relatively) wireless hive scale!

    I've been looking for a practical way to weigh the hives going into winter. Can you explain exactly how you use the luggage scale? do you just hook under the bottom board and heft up one side of...
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    Re: Population plummet...need advice

    did one mite check a few weeks ago, with none found, but then I'm not real adept at mite checks, so that could still be the issue, haven't treated at all this year.

    I do have treatment supplies on...
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    Population plummet...need advice

    I have a 2 deep hive that is a new package this year that is suddenly weaker. It hasn't really built up well and has had a spotty laying pattern. I looked at it few days ago and the population had...
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    Re: Paint - Exterior Vs interior

    Thanks for all the input I didn't realize the mistinted paint was so common and so cheap. I will have to check that out!
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    Paint - Exterior Vs interior

    Hi - I need to paint some boxes this weekend and I don't have any exterior paint on hand. I'm wondering if anyone knows whether it would matter much if I used interior paint? I've got loads of that...
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    Lots of Drone Brood

    My bees have definitely been struggling this year, I have two hives and have seen at least 3 queen supercedures. Part of the problem is that I haven't been checking often enough. I was just at my...
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    Re: Foundationless and Leveling

    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the feedback. Clearly I need to stop being lazy and just level off the hives!
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    Foundationless and Leveling

    I have two hives currently and am thinking of transitioning to foundationless. I have read that it is important to have the hives level so the comb gets built straight. I am wondering though, if I...
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    Re: 2 more Dead outs

    I've never tried to get into the hive during the winter. If I'm going to try that - can you give me some temperature guidelines as to when it's okay to crack the hive and for how long?
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    Re: 2 more Dead outs

    Yes both years were from package bees. I didn't look for the dead queen, but I do know that both colonies were queen right going into winter.
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    2 more Dead outs

    This was my second year over wintering bees and my second year losing both of my colonies. I'm looking for possible reasons for this years' losses and advice for next year. Here are the facts:

    I...
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    Re: Help-queenless hive?

    Two of the queen cells I found are capped over - I assume the bees wouldn't cap them unless there was a larva in there that's ready to be capped? As for the empty cell I found, I don't know if it...
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    Help-queenless hive?

    I checked my hive today and I think it's queenless. I found 3 queen cells near the top of the frame. One of them was empty. There was VERY spotty brood. Hardly any brood really. No eggs. I'm...
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    Re: Honey supers from last season?

    The hives definitely didn't die from foulbrood. I'm not exactly sure what caused the deadouts - my best guess is mites mainly because I didn't do any sort of treatment last year. But there's...
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    Honey supers from last season?

    Hey - I am fairly new at this - I have two supers chock full of honey from last season - I left them on my hives over the winter thinking the bees could use it for extra food if they run low. Well I...
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    How many empty cells needed?

    I recently installed 2 packages of bees into hives that died over the winter. I'm wondering how much empty cell space is needed for the new bees right off the bat. The hives were left with quite a...
  20. Thread: Dead Hives

    by dwmiller
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    Dead Hives

    This was going to be my second year beekeeping - I went to check my hives today and found them both dead. I found hardly any dead bees in them, maybe 10 dead bees in each hive. I also noticed that...
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