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    Re: How many hives did you start out with?

    If you start with 4 instead of 2 (like the books suggest), the only downside I can see is cost. You will have just wasted more money if you decide beekeeping isn't for you (or your neighbors...
  2. Re: can fondant alone sustain the colony all winter?

    Saw some yesterday. It was dark yellow. Dandelion maybe?
  3. can fondant alone sustain the colony all winter?

    My 3 Langs are doing great but my TBH swarmed in the summer and the bees that remained didn't make much honey because of that. So during the fall I fed them 2:1 and now that it's colder I'm putting...
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    Re: Foundationless Question

    I experienced this too. Next season I plan to experiment with just 7 frames in my 8 frame honey supers. And using one of those plastic frame spacers. I'm just not clear when to space them since...
  5. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    No to both. He captures swarms if I recall.
  6. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    Their website says this, "We have never used toxic chemicals on our bees. For the last seven years we have used natural oils to strengthen the bees immune system. About that time we switched to the...
  7. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    TSWisl, I’ll share my story of how I started out. I installed my first packages on April 1 this year but I started learning the previous July. I began by reading Beekeeping For Dummies (it’s a great...
  8. Do bees repel pests with pheromones? (video)

    I was filming the girls on Sunday, bringing in pollen and pestering the drones and I noticed that when they come in contact with ants, they point their butts at the ant and fan their wings. I was...
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    Re: bees foraging at 40 deg

    Sounds like your bees also came from Wolf Creek Apiaries here in TN. I couldn't be happier with those bees. Gentle, very hygienic and yes they fly when it's quite cold out.
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    Re: will cold temps break jar w/ 2:1 syrup?

    Cool. Thanks. My jar in question is on the bottom board of a Top Bar Hive about 15" from the cluster so it probably doesn't benefit too much from their radiant heat. I'm not super worried about it...
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    will cold temps break jar w/ 2:1 syrup?

    Will cold temps (below 32 degrees) break/crack a glass jar w/ 2:1 syrup?
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    Re: Ground treatment for small hive beetle

    My bees are very hygienic. I have the cleanest bottom boards. I don't think SHB larva ever have a chance to crawl out of my hives to the ground. I'm almost positive my bees carry off the larva and...
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    Re: Just think of all the bee forage.....

    80% of my yard is white clover and the bees do love it BUT the downside is when it dies back during the winter, it exposes the dirt big time (at least in my yard). And Tennessee has wet winters and...
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    Re: Is this robbing?

    I removed the reducers this morning. The high today will be 85!
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    Re: Is this robbing?

    They are flying like crazy so I totally believe there could be a flow on. I'm going to completely pull the reducers first thing tomorrow morning when everyone is cuddled up inside.
  16. Re: is this too much traffic for entrance reducer

    Excellent points. I'll go change them now. Thanks guys!
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    Re: Is this robbing?

    I think you guys are right about it not being robbing. They were cranky though. I was freaking out for a minute. I even put sheets over the hive.

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    These sheets were dry. Why do they need...
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    Is this robbing?

    Is this robbing? Plus they seem testy. I walked in the apiary and immediately got stung on my nostril. Is it just traffic because of the small entrance? If that's that case, I should probably remove...
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    But the books say to have the gap facing up so the bees that die during the winter don't pile up and block the entrance. You're saying the opposite. Which should I do?
  20. Re: is this too much traffic for entrance reducer

    Here's a time lapse wider shot.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDh3eFJ4tHc
  21. is this too much traffic for entrance reducer

    I put the reducers on because wasps/yellow jackets are everywhere but I don't think the bees like it. Is this too much traffic? Should I change the opening to the larger size?

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  22. Thread: Beetle Sucker

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    Re: Beetle Sucker

    I love this! I've been using tweezers to squish them hiding in the cells. What brand/model is that?
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    Re: my hive inspection apprehensions

    Good luck to you too Hogback. I'm feeling confident about my bees chances this winter. I even left them all of their own honey. If they do die, I don't want it to be because of my bad management.
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    Re: my hive inspection apprehensions

    What Acebird means is, if you want to be treatment free (let's call it chemical free), then you would not want to use wax foundation in the frames your first year. Because that wax will almost...
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    Re: my hive inspection apprehensions

    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I want to be a good beekeeper and that requires hive inspections but I sure feel guilty when I disrupt their home. Especially when I kill bees. I'm done inspecting...
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