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  1. Welcome Forum
    I have a Layens hive, with brand new foundationless frames and bees, I was concerned about them absconding so I have the most of the bees n queen behind a custom queen excluder(fashion from a metal one from online), I've had them that way for 2 days, and they dont appear to be going through the...
  2. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hi all, A similar question is posted in new beekeepers, with apologies. I accidentally found bees in a trap (having seen no activity), but very few bees, with the only comb as shown in the linked photo. Even at night, there are maybe 10-20 bees in the hive. What may have happened, and is...
  3. Bee Forum
    Sounds like a wild question, now let me explain why I am asking. There is a company that is offering to work with us that has incredibly tiny almost invisible to the eye devices that we could possibly paint onto bees in order to track their movements. We were thinking this would be fantastic...
  4. Bee Forum
    Hi Y'all, So a I tend to experiments as I learn to beek, and so I built a horizontal hive 3 standard deeps long and divided it into 6 5frame nucs with altenating front/back entrances and one big plywood cover. Filled it partly with 4 nucs of 5frames each with various states of queens from cell...
  5. Commercial Beekeeping
    What would be an acceptable rate of loose (possibly virgin) Queens being shook into packages? I have seen it from 0% to 1.5% with bulk package orders. Usually noted by absconding bees while leaving the caged queen (validated by finding the queen in the cluster after they left the hive and are...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I keep logs of my weekly or bi-weekly checks on the hives. This specific hive is all mediums and had eggs and larva on 10/23. I noticed past 2 weeks its been getting hammered by wasps, even with a reducer and robbing screens it was getting hit but holding its own. I noticed the past week wasps...
  7. Bee Forum
    I have a yard with 6 beehives in it. The hives were doing well all year (I live in Hawaii so it's year round beekeeping). I harvested honey from the hives about a month ago. A week ago I went to make some splits and one of the hives had absconded. 3-4 days later a second hive absconds. A few...
  8. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I'm new to Bee Keeping, last year was my first year with any kind of hive. I have a Top Bar and everything went great last year until I harvested. I waited unti the end of Aug then harvested 2 of 6 capped combs. A week later I was asked for comb honey and I but I had already separated my...
  9. Bee Forum
    started hive from package, fed bees sometimes daily thru summer. Stong hive with 1 brrod chamber, two supers full of honey. Took 1 super off two weeks ago prepareing for minimum space for winter. Bee keeping class graduate last winter so have some better than average knowledge of beekeeping...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    Hi all, I am new to beekeeping and just installed my first three packages this past Saturday. On Sunday one of the hives had very little activity going on compared to the other two. They had been acting different than the other two packages to start out with. While I was there I opened the...
  11. Welcome Forum
    Hi all, Great to be here and thanks to Mr. Olof Laurin from Sweden, my great mentor and teacher on beekeeping who advised me to join this forum . I am Adam Sultan a Swede from Somali origin. I studied beekeeping in Sweden back in 2012 and started my beekeeping venture in Somaliland at the end...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    On Tuesday, I caught a nice swarm and brought it to my bee yard and placed it on its stand. On Wednesday afternoon, I saw a lot of bee forming on the outside of the hive. I grabbed an entrance reducer, and ran out to stop the bees that were pouring out of the hive. Later, after things settled...
  13. Bee Forum
    In summer 2012 I was fortunate enough to get two complete hives. I have been reading all I can and this is what I can tell you. When I checked the hives this is what I observed...... 1. The foundations were all pretty much drawn out, with honey, larvae, and newly laid eggs. All seemed fine...
  14. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I have a small cut-out I did from a plastic bucket about a month ago. I had high hopes for them, mostly for use to requeen a different hive using them as a nuc. I got them set-up and gave them a queen. Two days after they let her out - off they went! Made off with my good queen. Little rascals...
  15. Bee Forum
    I have a friend who ordered two packages of bees, with the same shipment as me, at the start of the season. My hives are going pretty good, except they are a bit light on stores due to drought. One hive is a voracious foraging machine. I check them once a week, and have started feeding them...
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