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    Do I have bees or not?

    I have a hive trap set up made from a nuc box with 3-4 drawn frames; i9n the past several days I am seeing bee actively. I have not seen a swarm, jut the bee coming in and out. I have an active...
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    Re: Bees not eating

    Thanks for your reply. The sugar water is fresh and at ambient temp, 70'ish. I believe it is too early for the spring flow here in central Alabama. I will put a drop or two in of lemon grass oil...
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    Bees not eating

    I had a hive of bees take up residence in a old hive the end of last summer. I didn't feed them at all over winter and expected them to not last over the winter; they did well all winter and flew...
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    Re: Newbie - Same problem as last year

    Mixed some drawn frames and some foundation only.
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    Re: Newbie - Same problem as last year

    Don't have a clue, one more problem of being a newbie. But I'm pretty sure there was flow when I first put the honey supers on, been on 5-6 weeks. Someone wrote that if the queen needs room to lay...
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    Newbie - Same problem as last year

    I have two good strong hives, both queens laying good and raising lots of brood. I have queen excluders under one honey super on each hive; the bees are making lots of honey but it's in the brood...
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    Re: Newbie question

    mixed
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    Wild swarm hive gone bad

    I caught a wild bee swarm (I believe them wild because they are much smaller than my other bees and almost black) In moving the trap to the hive I dropped it and the comb collapsed (the trap didn't...
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    Newbie question

    I have two hives that are really doing well, I added honey supers on each about a month ago(maybe a little soon but we were going overseas for three weeks) with queen excluderes. In both hives the...
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    Evening up hives

    I'm read that if you have a weak hive you can take frames of brood from another stronger hive and put them into the weak hive. I have a couple questions: Do you brush off the nurse bees before you...
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    My hive trap bees have "re-swarmed"

    I have been posting about my colony of bees in my swarm trap. I moved them yesterday into a brood box with drawn frames. This morning I discovered about 1/2 the bees have "bearded" on the outside...
  12. Newbie needs help to transfer swarm trap to brood box

    I have a swarm trap (store bought flower pot type) with a colony of bees that have been in it about 10 days. I imagine it has comb and maybe brood. I have been dreading moving them into a brood box....
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    two packages, but different

    I installed two packages Sun, just checked the feeders on both. !st package - queen released and they are sucking the sugar water down. 2nd Package - queen also released, but they are not taking...
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    Re: New Pckage Question

    Unblocked the entrances and installed reducers around 3:00, by dusk all the girls were in their hives.

    An additional question please. Both these brood boxes have about 75% drawn frames. Would it...
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    Re: New Pckage Question

    North Maine:
    See below verbatim excerpts from the instructions. Note the dates.

    Sat. April 1 - * When you get the bees home (club members installed all the bees at a club site) place bees on...
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    Re: New Pckage Question

    Just put reducers on both hives, bees pouring to find the queen and bees pouring out to take a crap.
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    New Pckage Question

    I installed two packages yesterday, one went really well, the other not so much and a fair number of bees were left out. My beek club gave us instructions on installing packages. The point I have a...
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    Newbie here with swarm trap questions

    Last year new Beek with two hives and lost them both. I have two packages coming April 1 and learn from my mistakes and try again. Meanwhile, just for giggles I put up one og those store flower pot...
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    Swarm Traps

    I am in mid state eastern Alabama. When is the earliest it would be productive to set out swarm traps in my area. I have read it's best to put some drawn brood frame in the trap. Would not wax...
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    Diatomaceous Earth in SHB botton screen trap

    I had a problem with SHB last summer and are taking steps to better control them this year. I am installing full screen (no lip for them to crawl on) and tray under the screen. Many say some type...
  21. Large cell bee's to small cell drawn brood frames

    Newbie here needs advice. I had two small cell hives last summer that absconded in Sept. I am picking up two 3# packages April 1st. of large cell bee's. I'm hoping I can use the small cell drawn...
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    Newie Here - Apivar

    I am getting ready to treat for Varroa mites with Apivar strips. In reading the directions they suggest hanging the strips between frames; the bees crawling over the strips will allow the mites to...
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    Re: What's going on with my bee's?

    Thank you for your reply w/pic. I'm feeling better. It's a ***** being a newbie!
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    Re: What's going on with my bee's?

    Forgot. Most of the honey in the brood boxes are sugar water honey. I started the right hive from a package the first of April and the 2nd (left hive) about a month from a 5 nuc. I fed both hive...
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    Re: What's going on with my bee's?

    I went out about 30 mins ago and removed the reducer. I believe the number of bee's outside have about doubled; I believe the entire hive is outside. My bee's have bearded all summer (not to his...
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