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    Storing Drawn Comb & Supers in Summer

    Hi everyone. Last winter, I had a full dead-out. (I'm chemical-free and the mites won this round.) I bought a single box of bees to start over, harvested the honey and stored the rest of the boxes...
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    Poll: Re: Dead Hives- Theories on Why?

    Thanks, guys. It's pretty much always varroa, isn't it?
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    Poll: Dead Hives- Theories on Why?

    UPDATE: Users all agree... Varroa. Thanks for the feedback.


    This fall, I had three hives. Two of them seemed strong, but I was keeping a close eye on the 3rd as it was a caught swarm. I...
  4. Re: Giving up on my hives. What do I need to do for next season?

    Oh, I can't shake the bees into soapy water. Isn't there a way to let them die off naturally?
  5. Giving up on my hives. What do I need to do for next season?

    I am a first year beekeeper and am learning some hard lessons. In short, I have two hives. Both swarmed over a month ago and I have been waiting/hoping they would get queenright on their own. For...
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    Re: Life after a Swarm... Now What?!?

    Neither I nor my mentor could find any eggs, which was really weird. He thought maybe the virgin queen had laid some drone brood before flying off, but there is no evidence that she made it back.
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    Re: Life after a Swarm... Now What?!?

    Thanks, everyone. I was hopeful that was the case, but this other guy gave them a careful look and he also said there were no eggs, just drone brood from a laying worker. There is plenty of honey...
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    Re: Life after a Swarm... Now What?!?

    Well, it has been a few weeks and I am confirmed queenless in both of my hives. I can not believe that they both ended up that way, but I had an old beekeeper come over and help me confirm it. I...
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    Life after a Swarm... Now What?!?

    Hi everyone,

    I am a first time beekeeper and my heart is breaking. I have two hives and they both appear to have swarmed. They are package Carniolan bees that I installed in April (Mann Lake.) ...
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    Poll: Re: Need Help Choosing Between 3 Locations

    Thank you, everyone for the responses, but I feel like I am getting mixed messages here. The comments seems to say that the sprinklers might not be a problem, but the poll results say to go with the...
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    Poll: Need Help Choosing Between 3 Locations

    I just realized that the spot I had picked for my hive will be hit by a newly installed sprinkler system and so need to think about choosing a new spot. (My packages arrive in about a week.)
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  12. Do I need another water source? Live next to a bay of brackish water.

    Hi everyone,

    I am setting up two hives in the south-shore of Long Island. My bees will have plenty of access to ocean and a bay of brackish water. I would prefer not to have to set up a watering...
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