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  1. Bee Forum
    I searched forum but couldn't find a good match to this question. I know Thymol is used in bee treatments. We have an herb garden about 20' from my 4 hives (1 overwintered; 2 nucs and a split nuc). We were cleaning up the garden this weekend and there was a lot of overgrown thyme plants with...
  2. Welcome Forum
    I’m a newbie beekeeper. I’m having a serious problem with aggressive bees. I have onetop bar hive that I started in April of this year. The first few weeks were fine and the bees were very relaxed. Two weeks ago, I went out to feed them as usual and check to see if there was any new wax on some...
  3. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Holy crap that didn't work! I attempted to move the swarm I had outside a trap into their new hive today. I got most of them into a box but when I poured them into their new hive, they and my closest hive to it became one huge nasty cloud of bees. It took me an hour to get the defenders off of...
  4. Bee Forum
    So far I've read any number of threads here about bees being attracted to compost heaps and / or to the smell of rotting fruit. This has not been my experience ... A week or so back I was moving a large refuse bag of kitchen scraps up to my compost heap. Along with the usual vegetable peelings...
  5. Bee Forum
    How long does it take for newly agitated bees to calm down and forget the disturbance? Lat night, we moved 9 strong colonies from my other apiaries to the newly established apiary, apiary No 5, where there is an abundance of forage, hoping that the bees will make honey before the end of the...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I'm new to beekeeping and have checked the hive about 3-4 times now. I filled up the bottom box and added another on top minus 2 frames to allow room for sugar water. This last time I tried to check on things, the bees were quiet at first but really charged out in a big uproar as soon as I added...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    When I went to do my first inspection the smoking didnt seem to help. Actually it seemed to anger them. Also it seems like my hive is overflowing with bees, I got my nuc in April and my 10 frame Hive seems jam packed. Is that normal? Do I need to get a super already? Thanks in advance for any...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    I remember a post a while back in regard to smoking or not smoking your bees. Some were saying that their bees were so gentle that smoking wasn't necessary. They questioned the necessity of smoking the hive. It seemed that the more experienced beeks were advising on smoking more that not...
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