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    replacing drone layer

    This is a new experience for me. I have a drone-laying queen in a package installed May 11. I have a queen on order that I should have by 5/29. Can someone "walk me thru" the process of getting...
  2. pulling my hair out over these big black ants!

    my beeyard is being overrun with black ants. i have a struggling nuc that I can't keep feed on because the ants are packed into the entrance feeder. I installed 2 packages in April and May, I still...
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    Re: DOes anyone still use the front feeder?

    I used entrance feeder on my 1st hive in 2010 with no problems. when I started my 2nd hive in 2011, things were fine, even with the hives right next door to each other. last year we had a lot of...
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    Is there hope for this colony?

    It started as a 3# package in 2011. Last year we had a number of challenges that we worked hard to resolve. Among them we had wax moth issues and at least one, possibly 2 swarms and invasions of...
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    installing package in the rain

    My bees are scheduled to arrive Friday and the forecast is for thunderstorms. my plan is to secure the queen cage to the frames in a deep and place the entire open package in another deep and let...
  6. Thread: My hive is dead

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    My hive is dead

    My #1 hive is dead. This hive was started in Spring 2010 and was always strong. I couldn't ask for a better queen, she was an egg-laying machine. The hive we started in Spring 2011, on the other...
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    Newspaper Combine....now what do we do

    Our #2 colony was very weak. We've dealt with wax moth and finally got a handle on that, but the bees just seemed to be struggling. today, we made a split from our extremely large #1 colony and...
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    newspaper combine

    when combining bees from one hive with another, how many thicknesses of newspaper should be used?
  9. Re: Hive Smell Changed Over Night - Spring is Here?

    Yes, I noticed that as well, here in NC
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    Honey Bee on Boneset

    http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g331/polly_nator/HoneyBeeonBoneset.jpg
  11. Thread: K-Wing

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    K-Wing

    Can bees fly with K-wing?

    Is this K-wing?

    http://s1096.photobucket.com/albums/g331/polly_nator/

    :scratch:
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    Re: Odd bee...havior re: my mother in law

    Interesting. The OP mentions MIL likes to sit on the deck with her glass of wine. One of the beekeepers at our Association told us last month that the morning after he had drunk a lot of mead at the...
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    Re: pictures of bee castes

    Brushy Mountain has study prints
    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Study-Prints/productinfo/876/

    Also, if she would be interested, check out THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE HONEYBEE by Charles...
  14. Thread: Snipe hunt

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    Re: Snipe hunt

    Now that's just MEAN. I hope that tip didn't come from someone on this forum. I'm sorry for your experience Vance
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    Re: plastic hive corner protectors

    We used them for a VERY short time. not worth the $$ or the effort to keep them in place. i also wondered why they were packaged in such an odd number.
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    Any beekeepers in/around Bergen Co, NJ?

    Can anyone suggest places to purchase local honey in Bergen Co?

    Thanks
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    Re: Is this a normal reaction?

    I also always have a phone with me.
  18. Thread: Catalpa trees

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    Catalpa trees

    are catalpas good 'bee' trees for nectar &/or pollen?
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    I'm so upset. comb is fused together

    last year's installation of my first hive and the 1st inspection were textbook. This year, started a 2nd hive just last week. The only difference, i decided to use 8 frame deeps for my brood...
  20. Thread: No Pollen

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    No Pollen

    Installed my 2nd package on Saturday, Apr 9. Hive #1, which is a year old, has a lot of pollen coming in. as of yesterday, I have not seen any pollen going into #2. Am I right in thinking they...
  21. Thread: A great bee day

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    A great bee day

    Today's the day we picked up our package to start our 2nd hive. The neighbors had found out we keep bees when they came by selling girl scout cookies, so we invited them over to observe. I was...
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    What a mess...killed dozens of drones!

    opened the hive yesterday which has come out of winter surprisingly strong. I was seriously expecting to find swarm cells b/c I couldn't believe they had enough room after bringing in so much pollen...
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    clarification needed on making splits

    Could someone please explain some of the finer points of making a split?

    If I find queen cells, I can make a split taking the original queen and some brood & food into a new hive; is that right? ...
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    Are Nucs & Splits the same?

    I am coming out of my 1st winter with a strong colony. I had ordered a 2nd package back in Jan to be p/u in April, before I really knew the state of the colony coming out of winter. Now that I see...
  25. Installing 2nd package near established colony

    I am just coming out of my 1st winter and the colony is doing great :thumbsup: In 3 weeks, I will be getting a new package. the hive will be approx 4 feet away from the existing hive. Last year,...
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