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  1. Bee Forum
    Hello everyone! This is my first year beekeeping, I received my bee package last week (4/15/17) and had a successful first few days. However, two nights ago a bear knocked over my hive in a rain storm in the middle of the night. When I saw the hive in the morning it was completely open and full...
  2. Bee Forum
    Hello, I know that it's best to place the hive where it's not going to be disturbed. Unfortunately I don't have a sunny enough spot like that, so I am contemplating on putting it on a veranda roof attached to the house. It's good in terms of the sun, wind and people being at least 9 feet...
  3. Equipment/Hardware
    So tonight I got to hear Marla Spivak speak and she talked about some experiments they did with either painting propolis on the inside of hives or lining the hive boxes with propolis traps to coax bees into lining the hive boxes with the resin. Has anyone tried other methods of roughing up the...
  4. Diseases and Pests
    A good and friend told me about this recent talk. I respect his perspective as a certified master gardener and mycho enthisiast. I found this talk to be fascinating concering bee health and disease resistance. Wondering if any of you have had personal experience with this phenomenon of bees...
  5. Bee Forum
    I just got my order from Mann Lake and I also bought a jug of pro health since it was on sale. I am just wondering if I should feed it now or wait till I make splits. Also what is the benefit of this solution? Is 1:1 or 2:1 syrup just as good? :s:s:s:s
  6. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    I caught a swarm a couple weeks ago and I plan to feed them heavily to increase their chances of surviving the long Vermont winter. I'm giving them white sugar syrup but I'm wondering about nutrition. Processed sugar likely lacks the vitamins, minerals, and other trace compounds that nectar has...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hi, I work in a lab that investigates the microorganisms that live in the digestive systems of bees. We are looking for beekeepers who would like to donate a few specimens to our study. Very little is understood about these microbes and their function in the bee gut. Your participation could...
  8. Bee Forum
    I am looking for participants to help create a national bee virus map that would include the distribution, diversity, frequency and intensity of honeybee viruses. I need to have samples (100 to 200 bees in each sample) sent to me in a zip-lock baggie with nothing else. I will need a location...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Hello - The place I have picked out for my hives is partially shaded. I know full sun would be ideal. The 2 hives would be facing a fence so that their flight path doesn't coincide with my work in the garden they will be in. (urban environment) How much sun is minimum for their health? They...
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