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    Re: Lots of bees but no honey or pollen?

    I know they didn't swarm, since all the queens are marked. Must be the something to do with the genetics or could be the location on my back deck that gets less sun (late day starts).. or they were...
  2. Re: Winter Lang Hive - size reduction idea(!?)

    All this info from everyone is great! John when you say battens you simply mean you use some batten fiberglass insulation?

    Thanks again everyone!
  3. Winter Lang Hive - size reduction idea(!?)

    Hi, I have an idea bit haven’t been able to find anything online to confirm it would make sense. I have some Langstroth double deeps that are short only a few frames of winter stores, and I was...
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    Drone central - Queenright or combine?

    Need some advice. One of my six hives is loaded with bees but about half appear to be drones... lots of honey stores but I’d say a bit low on pollen. Can’t for the life of me find a queen or eggs no...
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    Lots of bees but no honey or pollen?

    Hi All,
    I have six hives divided 3/3 in two locals on my farm. Three are gang busters full of honey brood and pollen but on the other side of my property 2km away, the other three are loaded with...
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    Absconding due to robbing?

    Hi Y'all,
    So a I tend to experiments as I learn to beek, and so I built a horizontal hive 3 standard deeps long and divided it into 6 5frame nucs with altenating front/back entrances and one big...
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    Re: Bear - Queen Rebuild - Supercedure???

    Yeh this is what I was thinking, that they think the queen is failing even though it was the bears who ate allll the brood. So now they are building supercedure cell even though she is likey fine......
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    Bear - Queen Rebuild - Supercedure???

    Hi All,

    So I was helping some really new beeks with their hive doing a split and telling them that they need a bear fence as Quebec has lots of bears, very next day bear pulled all the frames and...
  9. Re: New Small Queen & Lots of Capped Queen Cells

    Thanks Michael, no it's just a split (last month) from a really large hive with ample honey.

    But this got me thinking and led to this question re: Fall Increase Colonies

    Theoretically,...
  10. New Small Queen & Lots of Capped Queen Cells

    Hi,
    Been keeping for 2.5 years and now starting to learn about creating queens and splits.

    I split a hive Sept 7 and today inspected and found new queen and 5 or so closed queen cells.
    ...
  11. Re: Winter Prep _ top deep only 3 frames of honey

    Mountain Camping??:scratch:
  12. Winter Prep _ top deep only 3 frames of honey

    Hi Everyone,

    I've only been beekeeping for 3 years in northern Quebec but a friend who is just starting out with one hive asked me to visit and offer advice. First thing I did was tell her about...
  13. Re: Moving - will bees back at old location build new hive/queen?

    Thanks Everyone!
    Crofter confirmed what I was thinking. I have been moving them at night and putting items in front of hive to reorient, but alas, these foragers are stubborn. I going to try again...
  14. Moving - will bees back at old location build new hive/queen?

    Hi Everyone,

    Just out of curiosity, if I moved my hive less than 2miles and about 50 to 100 of my bees went back to the box I left (empty frames) at old location. Will they build a hive and even a...
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    Re: How to deal with winter dead bee buildup?

    Thanks Everyone,
    Yes last year was a write-off as it was my first year beekeeping, but man did I learn a LOT!! Didn't wrap hives, amalgamated two hives in late fall which I think caused a bit of a...
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    Re: How to deal with winter dead bee buildup?

    Thanks Everyone,
    Yes last year was a write-off as it was my first year beekeeping, but man did I learn a LOT!! Didn't wrap hives, amalgamated two hives in late fall which I think caused a bit of a...
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    How to deal with winter dead bee buildup?

    Hi Everyone,

    So last winter I lost a couple hives due to bees getting stuck in the top of the hive during a deep freeze while there was ample food in the bottom super. It seemed that dead bees had...
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    Re: Saving bees / not honey from doomed hive

    Hi Crofter,
    Just wondering do you freeze frames that have honey, or are you referring to extracted honey? I extracted some to eat, but I'd like to store the rest of frames in my garage (cool...
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    Re: Saving bees / not honey from doomed hive

    Days are cold, the central part of my predicament ;-)
    Done Today! Thanks!:)
    I'll cut out the small amount of saved honey, and the remaining drawn comb will make for a couple great nucs come spring!...
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    Saving bees / not honey from doomed hive

    Hi All,
    So I have four hives and one is queenless and low honey going into fall. I tried to requeen it but no luck. So now Im wondering what if i want to gather the little honey and dont want to...
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    Re: Winter Wrap Hives Tight Together

    I'm assuming this is Vickery's book, http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=16716702591&searchurl=isbn%3D9780969475903%26sortby%3D20

    Thanks so much I'll look for it!
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    Re: Winter Wrap Hives Tight Together

    I am thinking of doing cubes so less sides exposed to cold winds, but am worried about winter evac flights and bees getting lost. So maybe this year I'll just try a row tight together with lots of...
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    Winter Wrap Hives Tight Together

    Hi All,

    So I'm in zone 3b (-30/-40c) and I found this guy 1hr to my north who wraps his hives/nucs together. Sorry vid in French but you get the idea from watching...
  24. Re: Attempt at fall request, what if she doesn't mate?

    Thanks Joel,
    Yes, this is what my intuition is saying, but will hold out until she's had a chance to do the dance with whatever drones might remain. It's getting cold but we often have October...
  25. Attempt at fall requeen, what if she doesn't mate?

    Hi Everyone, (my first post;)
    I am 2nd yr beekeeper w four hives. Upon inspection on sept 15 one hive was queenless, no open brood, no laying worker, lotsa bees, no queen cells. Did they swarm? In...
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