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Welcome Forum

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Helpful Tips for Posting and Using the Forum

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Rules & Announcements

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

A list of Frequently Asked Questions and links to the corresponding threads.
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General Beekeeping Forums

How to Start Beekeeping

A joint effort to develop an FAQ on all aspects of beginning beekeeping. Note that this sub-forum and its 'child' sub-forums are 'closed' to new posts. Please use other sub-forums to start new threads.
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History of Beekeeping

This forum is dedicated to the discussion and research of all genres of beekeeping history, including; Bee Management, Persons of Beekeeping, Bee Hunting, Archaeology of Beekeeping, Tall Tales, Folklore, Superstitions, Medicine, Beekeeping Antiques, Science and Bees in Warfare. READ THE STICKY THREAD "Viewing these threads" FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE OLDER THREADS SHOW UP ON YOUR LIST
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Bee Forum

This is a general beekeeping forum to discuss all the various topics on beekeeping that don't fit in any of the other beekeeping forums.
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Beekeeping 101

First year? First hives? Ask your questions here.
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Equipment/Hardware

Discussion on use and design of hive parts, tools and accessories.
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Diseases and Pests

Identifying and treating diseases and pests.
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The Queen & Bee Breeding

Queen characteristics, behaviors, problems as well as bee breeding.
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Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum

Top Bar, Layen, Ukrainian, any other horizontal hives.
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Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs

Swarming hives as well as techniques and experience catching those "wild" bees.
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Splits/Combines

Dividing or combining a colony. How-to, problems and fixes.
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Treatment-Free Beekeeping

Discussing and formulating honeybee management methods that cooperate as much as possible with natural bee biology without resorting to the use of chemicals and drugs.
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Nectar & Pollen Plants

Nectar and pollen sources. Creating bee friendly spaces in gardens.
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Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum

Warre, Delon, Russian alpine, any other vertical compact hives.
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Observation Hive Forum

Observation hive construction and management.
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Alternative Pollinators

The raising, keeping and other issues of concern for pollinating bees, other than the honey bee.
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Photo/Video Gallery

A place to post and view photos and videos about beekeeping.
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Winter Beekeeping

Discussions about over-wintering bees. Tips, techniques, successes and failures
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Business Side of Beekeeping

Commercial Beekeeping

Beekeeping from a commercial point of view. Focus is on income production and cost/time efficiencies, pros/cons of certain practices, and other subjects more of concern to those making their primary income from bees.
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Marketing Forum

Focus is on product marketing; labeling, processing for retail sales, licensing and regulations, etc.
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Pollinator Reports

Share your experience with pollination industry participants, either growers, suppliers of bees or managers/brokers, both positive and negative.
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Bounty of The Hive

Everything Honey

Discussion on harvesting and extraction, types, characteristics, uses, bottling and marketing, creating "honey do" lists, etc.
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Recipes

Share your "honey" recipes.
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Home Brewing

Mead, wine and beer using honey. Recipies, suppliers, instruction, tips, and more.
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Products of The Hive

Candlemaking, soapmaking, lotions, balms, ointments.
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Apitherapy

One sting at a time.
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Beekeeping Meetings and Classes

Post any upcoming events or news about your meetings and classes here. (Associations, workshops, clubs, etc.)
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Blogs, Podcasts, and Video Presentations

Personal blogs, podcasts and video interviews and presentations may be posted here.
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Local Associations

Local Beekeeping Associations by State
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General Discussion

Resources

Resources
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The Exchange

Funding Requests: KickStarter, GoFundMe, FundRazr

Threads where "funding requests" for beekeeping related projects are a material issue. This would include KickStarter, GoFundMe, FundRazr, etc type projects. Be aware that contibuting money IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. Note that there is NO GUARANTEE THAT ANY PROMISED PRODUCTS or INCENTIVES WILL ACTUALLY BE SHIPPED, OR THAT THEY WILL PERFORM AS STATED!
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Bookstore

Books of Interest.
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For Sale

For posting beekeeping related items that you want to sell. Please be descriptive (size, amount, cost, contact info, etc.). Price MUST be included.
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Wanting to Buy

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Where To Buy . . .

If you really must, post the ever popular and tiring questions, "Where can I buy . . ." or "Who sells the best . ." Do not post prices.
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Employment

For posting beekeeping related employment. Looking for work or looking to hire.
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Share your experience with merchants and suppliers, both positive and negative.
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Buy Local Honey

Find a source of local honey to buy.
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Pollination Service

Need bees for pollination? Here is a list of beekeepers who provide colonies for pollination.
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Bee Removal / Swarm Removal

Need a swarm or bees removed from your property? Here is a list of beekeepers who can do it. Honey Bee removal only. Call an exterminator for all other stinging insects.
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Blue Sky Bee Supply

http://www.blueskybeesupply.com/
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Bonterra Bees

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Scottsville Supply Co.

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Non-Beekeeping Related Forums

Coffee Klatch

Share and seek information on hobbies and interests other than beekeeping.
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  1. Bee Forum
    I’ve just noticed a bear made it through my electric fence and tore apart my hive. I was able to find maybe 300-500 bees (2-3 cups) and amazingly, the queen crawling in the small bundle. I only have on hand a hive body with 10 (mostly) intact frames which I placed toward the center of the hive...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    I ordered a box of bees and looked at the queen inside and she was tiny, almost the same size as the workers. Any one know what this means? I was told it was because she was in transit for 7 days. If anyone thinks of any other reason please tell me. Thanks!
  3. I specialize in catching wild swarms. That means that I have very young colonies, which means I don’t produce a lot of honey. Lately I have been thinking that my standard practice of filling out 20 deep frames before adding a super is based on what I was taught, but I’m not sure I have a strong...
  4. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    My last two rounds have been dead, nothing in them. I let them stay in the hive till they are capped then put them in incubator, runs 93 degrees 65% humidity or so. The caps are full of jelly, but they are mostly empty, a couple had dried up larvae in them. Any ideas?
  5. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I thought it might be fun to document my my season catching swarms on this forum. I’ll make this an open log and add entries throughout the season. April 6 - As I mentioned in a separate post, I thought I had my first swarm on April 1. That turned out to be an April fools joke - just very heavy...
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