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    Re: Questions on hive entrance

    Yikes, my entrances are only 0.11 inches high. Is that way too short?

    I have two front entrances, some of the hives have the entrances at 2 inches wide, some are 2.2 inches wide. Should I increase...
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    Questions on hive entrance

    1) Is it ever a good idea to have multiple hive entrances, not just one right at the bottom? I ask because I notice that, whenever there is a crack or hole in a hive where bees can fly out from, they...
  3. Re: Not sure how to manage these hives, photos included

    Thanks for the advice I appreciate it.

    I wondered if the gap between the bottom of a frame, and the top of the frame that is sitting in the box underneath, is larger than a bee space. I did some...
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    Re: Questions on hive space and swarming

    Recently, I needed to add a super to my hives, to give them extra space for the spring that's happening now in Australia. Each hive was a little different, but they were all quite overdue for an...
  5. Re: Not sure how to manage these hives, photos included

    There's no queen excluder on there, not sure how far the queen above is laying. I could put a new empty super above their bottom super. Can one of you explain to me what the benefit of doing this...
  6. Not sure how to manage these hives, photos included

    I inspected my beehives yesterday. It's two weeks from spring here in Australia, but gauging by the warm weather I think it's basically already here. I wasn't sure what to do with the hives so I took...
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    Questions on hive space and swarming

    What happens to a hive when it's full of honey? Even if it's four supers deep, if it's completely full, will the bees seek to swarm so the queen can keep laying eggs? Do the bees not slow down in...
  8. Is it important to feed hungry bees protein?

    I have some beehives that are very low on honey this winter. Is it important to feed them some sort of pollen/protein, or is straight white sugar enough?
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    Dead bees around hive

    There's a few hundred dead bees, mostly in a pile, near one of my hives, here's some photos:

    https://imgur.com/a/sNhyVmz

    The dead bees have been there for a few weeks. I moved these hives a few...
  10. Re: Do smokers spit out embers that can cause fires?

    I'm in Australia very low humidity here and files start explosively, it's very concerning. I'll keep that in mind about the green grass, although there wasn't any green grass around as it's too dry...
  11. Do smokers spit out embers that can cause fires?

    When I was beekeeping last, I kept my smoker on top of one of the beehives. As I was taking out a frame, I looked up and to my horror, there was a ring of fire ahead of me, about a meter/couple of...
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    Re: Bees low on honey, going into winter

    Can you elaborate on what a sugar block is?
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    Re: Bees low on honey, going into winter

    Can't really make a candy board as I have a mat instead of a board up top. Australians seem to use mats for whatever reason.

    I found some recipes for fondant, I'll try that thank you.

    Is it...
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    Yes I live in South Australian bees are near...

    Yes I live in South Australian bees are near riverland. I'll have to add my location to my profile.
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    Bees low on honey, going into winter

    I checked up on one of my apiaries in December last year. The hives mostly have four supers on them, all 10 frames, all deeps except the top super which is a manley sized. They were completely full...
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