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  1. Thread: What to do???

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    Elmer- I have seen zero robbing activity at...

    Elmer-
    I have seen zero robbing activity at either hive. All of my hives currently sport top feeders. Hive #1 consistently drains 2 quarts of it pretty quickly and the others take longer. #1 is much...
  2. Thread: What to do???

    by BentleyC
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    What to do???

    Hi All—
    I started beekeeping last year with two hives, both of which made it thru the winter. Hive #1 has always been very strong. It swarmed in the spring and from the queen cells, was able to make...
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    John—-I’m pretty thrilled with 30 lbs! It came...

    John—-I’m pretty thrilled with 30 lbs! It came from the hive that swarmed (the one I called you about). When I compare it to Doug and his Dad, though, it’s NOTHING! They have 11 hives in the Afton...
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    Re: Free Mann-Lake smoker fuel

    I just got a shipment from Mann Lake two days ago. Lots of paper---I'm going to try your trick!

    Denise
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    Re: Flow in Richmond VA??

    Mine are bringing in some pollen but for the most part, honey stores are low in all of my "new this year" hives. I am now feeding 2:1 after harvesting 30lbs from one of last year's new hives.
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    Re: Need Advice on Queenless (?) Hive

    Thanks to both of you—-I will do that!
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    Need Advice on Queenless (?) Hive

    I’m a 2nd year beek and had my first swarm on April 14th. The bees left enough capped queen cells to make 3 new hives and re-queen my other original hive from last year. Today, I saw 3 Queens and...
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    Re: Bee keeping suit reviews

    I have a Humblebee suit and I love it. It’s a one piece that’s fully ventilated. I’ve been impressed with the quality. I got my boyfriend an Ultrabreeze and it’s very similar to the Humblebee. He...
  9. Thread: First Swarm

    by BentleyC
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    Re: First Swarm

    So you had an interesting day too! My swarmed bees left the tree about 2 hours after they appeared to settle in. We saw the last of them leaving but weren’t able to figure out where they went.
  10. Thread: First Swarm

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    First Swarm

    Despite our efforts, my strongest hive swarmed today as my boyfriend and I had just finished inspecting a smaller hive. It was an amazing site to see! At first, they settled into a branch of an oak...
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    Re: Made it thru the Winter!

    Thanks John! I ordered quite a few frames (some to replace the frames that my BF supplied) so hope they last me awhile. What are the chances that the additional 3 hives will thrive? Each had at least...
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    Made it thru the Winter!

    Hi everyone! I haven’t posted in quite awhile but regularly read the posts. I got my first bees last May (2 hives) and am happy to say that both made it thru the winter with flying colors. Going into...
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    Re: Dearth over in Virginia?

    Mine are still taking syrup like crazy. I tried a bit of dry Ultrabee and they ignored it but then again, during my inspection yesterday, many of the returning foragers were loaded down with bright...
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    Re: A new ventilated suit

    For myself, I got a full suit from Humble Bee. It’s really great quality and is holding up well. Several weeks ago, I got my boyfriend an Ultrabreeze. The two are very similar. Both have 3 layers of...
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    Re: Newbie Needs Advice

    All--

    Thanks for your responses. To answer your questions:

    The hives are 2-3 feet apart and I have been watching the activity. The "flight path" does not cross hives and I've specifically spent...
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    Newbie Needs Advice

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm not sure if I have an issue with one of my hives but I'm worried that one of my hives won't be ready for winter when the time comes, I read this forum almost every day and need to...
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    Re: Alcohol wash and no mites

    I picked up two nucs from John Davis on May 22nd and did alcohol washes at the end of June and then a couple of days ago (taken from the middle of the brood nest). Both times, I had an experienced...
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    Re: Mobile Home Removal - Bradenton Florida

    The size of that hive is amazing! Thanks for posting the video.
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    Re: Hi from Richmond, VA

    Thanks everyone!
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    Hi from Richmond, VA

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm not a beekeeper yet but have been reading and studying since June after being introduced to beekeeping by some friends who keep bees in another part of the state. Thanks to this...
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