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  1. Bee Forum
    good day! After 2 years of no success, my bait hive has tenants. There is a little problem though. The situation: 1 The bait hive is on a maple tree at about 30 ft. 2 There is a huge beard outside of the hive, especially on the side, where... 3 I did spill quite a bit of lemongrass on the...
  2. Bee Forum
    I need some advice on multiple things here: I noticed this morning our hives are doing this (see pic). The weather is very humid, about 70 degrees. We still have goldenrod out so have not harvested honey yet. I am not sure why they are bearding like this. Now to the hives: The right 2 hives...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    I got this queen 1 year ago (April). I do recall her bees bearding a lot last year. didn't think much about it as it was early summer. But they are doing it again. It is March 30. East Texas - plums, pears, peaches have already bloomed. She was strong going into the winter and strong...
  4. Bee Forum
    Good day, In mid-June this year I made a split from my overwintered colony. By the end of July I already had 3 full boxes (8 frame Lang) on that new split. Two weeks ago I took the upper box off - it was full of honey (just as the second box is). I extracted the honey and then installed the...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    I have a hive with two brood boxes and I just added a super last weekend. How long are you suppose to feed the bees? I have cut back to very thin sugar syrup but I have bees everywhere. They are covering the whole hive. Its pushing 100 degrees here, so do I need to keep feeding or take it away?
  6. Bee Forum
    Picture and video Went out to my hive this afternoon and a good amount of bees were bearding under the alighting board. I thought it was due to heat and ventilation so I removed a removable plex-glass sheet under my screened bottom board. Then I started wondering if yellow jackets had tried to...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    I am in Maryland and we have had cool, rainy weather the past 2 days. I observed a small cluster of bee bearding, or what I believe to be bearding, outside my hive. There were a few bees also outside the cluster that were barely moving & appeared nearly dead. And, a handful of dead bees on the...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    Good day all, I am a first year Beek and I think it has been going great. I have been doing inspections every week or so and always find new brood. My hive is all 8 frame mediums, and I recently just added the 4th super with new wax foundation frames to the top. The third super had MOSTLY...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    New beek...I installed a nuc back in May and it has done well. Hopefully I'm articulating my thoughts, but please feel free to ask for elaboration or correct me. :) Right now I have two 10 frame deeps and they both are full - all 10 frames drawn out in both boxes, some pollen, honey on frames...
  10. Bee Forum
    Can anyone tell me from the pic if they think this is just a beard or are they getting ready to swarm? I set up my hive next to them on the off chance that it is a swarm and that they will move into my hive. I know that I should put it away from the other hive, but I value my marriage more...
  11. Bee Forum
    Yesterday was a warm day, about 75°. Last night there was a circular custer of bees over the entrance hole about an 1.5" in diameter. The activity level was beard-like. But it wasn't that warm at that time, maybe 60° by then. There was also no coming and going that I noticed. It was almost as if...
  12. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Brand new top bar beekeeper here in Southern California having many difficulties getting bees to stay in hive. First colony of wild bees absconded after 2days. Appears I left viewing window open or small red ants drove them off. Been trying to win battle against the ants ever since. Now have 2nd...
  13. Bee Forum
    Why are they bearding. The temps are 14 C too.
  14. Bee Forum
    This is my first year as a beekeeper. One of my stronger hives is bearding. I am pretty sure heat is not the issue as none of my other hives are reacting this way. Are they crowded? Should I be worried about swarming in August in WI? Thoughts?
  15. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Help!! I have been reading and studying in preparation for this spring and thought I was completely prepared. Actually having bees is completely different than reading about them! Anyway, let me recap. We installed our bees on April 20th. Top bar hive, 3 top 3/4" entrance holes, closed...
  16. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I don't know what to do. I have a top bar hive into which I introduced a cut-out 5 days ago. They have a few bars of brood however not much honey. I went with a group to capture 2 hives and ended up with some nice chunks of comb filled with honey. I attached these to my bars and put them in my...
  17. Bee Forum
    I noticed some of my bees coming out onto the entrance of the hive and arching their "backs," with their abdomens bent slightly downward, and their wings flapping frantically. Is this the early stage of bearding? What exactly they doing doing? Mind that it is about 93 in Texas July...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    Here are some pics of my 1st year hives bearding. Hope they are not preparing to swarm but just hanging out on the front porch. It was 98 degrees here today in VA so I'm sure the hive got pretty hot. Curious behavior though.....they were just standing still...
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