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  1. Thread: Struggling Hive

    by TonyL
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    Re: Struggling Hive

    I have a similar situation. I was unable to check my bees for more than a month due to illness, and when I looked in on them last week I found that the queen in my weakest hive had failed. There were...
  2. Re: Aggressive Splitting -- How many splits can I get?

    I can't vouch for the method personally, nor do I know anything about "Caspian Solution", but this paper explains one way to do a 10X increase: http://www.caspianapiaries.com/info/1001000Hives.pdf
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    Re: Cool Thing to See

    Yes, I've seen this a number of times as rain is approaching and it's always a wonderful sight. It's kind of like a reverse swarm. And it's amazing how all my hives will do this at the same time,...
  4. Re: Differences between hives due to checkerboarding?

    Mothergoosemagic,

    The good hive was a swarm I captured last year, as were two of my other hives which aren't doing squat, so I doubt that's the reason. But I'm totally with you when it comes to...
  5. Differences between hives due to checkerboarding?

    I have five hives and it's amazing how different they are. One, which I started from a swarm last year, is stronger than any hive I've ever had. In fact, today I added a sixth super—they've filled...
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    Swapping hive locations

    I've heard and read about swapping the locations of a strong hive with a weaker one to boost the lesser one. I'm not sure I understand the reasons for doing this. I mean, I'm clear that the foragers...
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    Re: just inspected hive

    Tammy,

    Those are brilliant! Simple and efficient. I've never seen them before, so I really appreciate your sharing the links. You know, I would never have bought any of those top feeders if I knew...
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    Re: just inspected hive

    I, too, have had bad luck with the various top feeders (I've tried three) due to problems with bees drowning. For me it's been money ill spent. I'm now back to using Mason jars with holes in the lids...
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    Re: Dead queen or not?

    Omie,

    Yes, a picture would be good but I didn't take one and I didn't keep the dead bee. My mistake.

    Fred,

    Glad to hear from another beekeeper in Springfield. And thanks for your advice. My...
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    Dead queen or not?

    I requeened two hives this past Friday (three days ago). When I checked this morning they'd chewed through the candy and it appeared both queens were released. But then when I looked at one of the...
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    Re: Will a new queen destroy queen cells?

    Thanks Joseph. I will be checking that hive again in 4 or 5 days to see if the new queen is laying. If I notice more queen cells do you recommend doing anything?
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    Will a new queen destroy queen cells?

    I requeened a hive with undesirable characteristics this past Monday. When I checked today to see if she was released (she was) I could see several queen cells on each of the frames sandwiching the...
  13. Thread: Nectar flow

    by TonyL
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    Re: Nectar flow

    Ken,

    I'm just a bit north of you in Springfield. My bees have been working hard for about three weeks bringing in lots of nectar and pollen. The strongest of the four hives has been on fire and is...
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    Will this plan for a split work OK?

    I have a hive that's non-productive and prone to swarming. I checked it today and it appears they're planning to swarm soon. The queen seems to have stopped laying in the last week or so and there...
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    Re: Found a lot of SHBs

    Ken,

    Permaguard D10 is probably a brand name in Australia, so I doubt you'll find it here by that name. But you can get diatomaceous earth at garden supply stores and at some hardware stores. I...
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    Re: Found a lot of SHBs

    Ken,

    I'm also in middle TN and I had some tough times with SHBs this past fall. Their numbers exploded in all four hives. We made beetle traps using diatomaceous earth and placed them on the inner...
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    Re: Lost 2 more hives

    Ken,

    Sorry to hear of your misfortune. I was so concerned after reading about your losses that I went out and checked the four hives I look after. I'm glad to report they're doing well. Lots of...
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    Re: One hive still working hard

    Yes, with this particular hive I'm still having strong orientation flights. And they are foraging as strongly as they ever have. It's funny because the other three hives are doing basically nothing....
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    One hive still working hard

    Three of my four hives have pretty much shut down in preparation for the winter. But my fourth and youngest--it started from a swarm captured in early July--is still foraging strongly and bringing in...
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    Another small swarm

    For the second time in just over a month one of my hives (I assume) has produced a small, grapefruit-sized swarm. Just like the previous one, this swarm landed on another hive, this time congregating...
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    Cleaning propolis from clothing

    Does anyone have any tips for getting propolis off clothing? I stained some pants that I'd prefer to keep clean, and laundry detergent isn't doing the trick.

    Thanks.
  22. Re: Early Goldenrod in New England (and surrounding areas)???

    Bill,

    Keep in mind that not ALL the varieties of goldenrod are blooming here. Far from it. (I've read there are many different types.) What I'm seeing in bloom is a small, knee-high to waist-high...
  23. Re: Early Goldenrod in New England (and surrounding areas)???

    I'm seeing some goldenrod blooming here in TN already, though not much. A big patch in the field next to my bees is not blooming, but the plants are much taller than normal. Usually it grows to just...
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    A swarm landed on one of my hives!

    I went to look at the bees around 5PM and I was surprised to see a mass clustered on top of the front of one of my hives. My first thought was I've never seen bees beard like that. But as I got...
  25. Thread: I am amazed

    by TonyL
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    Re: I am amazed

    Bees are still working really hard today. I checked the trees along the roadside and they appear to be a variety of sumac. The bees are all over 'em. And judging by the amount of unopened blossoms,...
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