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    Re: How to Figure Out What is Killing Bees

    I don't think they are getting into anything that is poisonous. There is a hive on each side of them that is doing fine. I am thinking it might be robbing a I see the fighting quite a bit out...
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    How to Figure Out What is Killing Bees

    I have a hive where the bees keep dying - a pile of dead bees on ground at front of hive. Still a lot of bees in hive, fair brood, and a lot of honey. But, everyday I go out to look, there are more...
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    Losing Queens?

    I have 15 hives. Nine of them have lost their queens this year. Two of those twice. Strong, good producing hives when they have a queen. Anyone else ever lose 2/3 of their queens in a year. I buy...
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    Re: scale for hives

    It is probably not the most accurate - but at $8 apiece - I can put them under several hives and I will know if they are adding wt fast, adding wt slowly, maintaining, or decreasing. And it takes me...
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    Re: scale for hives

    That is what I did. I set the front of the hive on a 2x4 and the back of the hive sets on the scale. I tested a super by itself prior to doing this and the scale weighed exactly have the total...
  6. 30 Days After Splits - When Should I Eggs/Larvae

    It has been exacly 30 days since I made some walk away splits. When should I see evidence the hives made a queen - eggs/larvae?
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    Why Aren't My Bees Making Honey

    I use medium supers for everything - hive bodies and all. I have several hives with a total of four supers and the rest three supers. There is capped brood in all the supers and very little honey. ...
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    Re: Swarming - tell me why

    Both swarms were in a tree 50 feet from the splits. Closest tree to the splits.
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    Swarming - tell me why

    I have only made three splits so far - up until this year. I go through the hive to be split - and make sure I have eggs/uncapped brood for both hives, honey, and pollen - and try to split them...
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    Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    My mentor - who has been tending bees for 70 years - and was a veterinarian by trade - uses this method, along with screened bottom boards for varroa control. He has tried them all - and settled on...
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    Splitting Hives

    I have 5 hives that I intend to split this year. I use medium supers all the way - including the hive bodys. Three of the hives are a total of four supers and two of the hives are five supers. The...
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    Re: Two deep hive body

    I use ten frame standard supers for all wooden ware. My bees overwinter pretty well in two standard supers - but I am not very far north. I like the luxury of same size for everything.
  13. Re: Will Spraying BT on Foundation and Plastic frames work for Wax Moths?

    I had ten new supers/frames/foundation in an enclosed storage building. Went to get a couple of supers yesterday and the wax moth caccoons were thick on everyone of them. I will definately try the...
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    Re: Feeding honey with quail waterer

    I use the five gallon chicken waterers. I cut a small strip of pipe foam insulation that forms a gasket around the bottom of the cover when I slide the cover on. I then put a stick in the hole the...
  15. Three Gallons of Sugar Water in Four Hours?

    I bought a couple of five gallon chicken waterers - mixed up three gallons sugar solution for each, and placed them in my two bee yards (four hives in one, five in the other). Both feeders were...
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    Re: Severe drought

    Here in SW Arkansas, the elm trees are blooming again and the bees are working them over. Pretty sure that is where the pale yellow pollen is coming from.
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