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  1. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    My hive is not doing well. Here it is late spring (Nov = May in Northern hemisphere). At the end of the winter there was an equivalent of 8 full full-size frames with capped honey from the last season. Due to some unfortunate circumstances (and my mistakes) the hive was queenless for a month...
  2. Bee Forum
    Has anyone had terrible luck with returning mates queens? All six of my hives made it through winter, then all six have swarmed (caught all six by some miracle) but five of the six currently have no eggs. It’s been over three weeks since all of the swarms and still nothing. I literally witnessed...
  3. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I have two top bar hives. What I was considering the stronger of the two has enough honey stores and some open brood (eggs and larva) but a bad case of mites. The weaker one has little honey stores closed brood and no visible signs of disease or mites. At this point what is my best option...
  4. Bee Forum
    I have two hives that made it through last winter (1 with original queen, 1 queen died and was requeened three weeks ago). Original queen hive is absolutely booming with essentially an entire 10 frame deep of brood and tons of bees, requeened hive does have a few frames of brood but def not...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Hi everyone. I'm new here. I recently moved and had to leave my single hive unattended for a few months. I was finally able to relocate it to my new home. It was rainy and cold for a week, so I couldn't open it for several days. Upon first inspection I found: -queen -5-6 hatched queen...
  6. Bee Forum
    I started my first two hives last spring and am coming out of winter with one surviving. I overwintered with two deep brood boxes and a medium super full of honey. I figured the medium might serve the colony well if it ran out of honey in the deeps. The surviving hive has honey in the upper...
  7. Bee Forum
    I overwintered two colonies of carniolan bees installed Easter 2017. Hives (langstroth 10 frame) are located in southern New Hampshire. One of the colonies is reduced to a cluster about the size of a fist - maybe even smaller. The queen is alive. She looks healthy. Examination of the...
  8. Bee Forum
    I have 3 hives. All new packages this spring. They all seemed to be paralleling each other until about a week ago I noticed one hive didn't seem to be keeping up population wise. I use all medium 8 frame equipment and I added a fifth level to all three. The weaker hive doesn't seem...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    I hived a swarm on May 1, they built out pretty good in the first few weeks. Then, my anxiousness being a new beekeeper got the best of me and I added a 2nd deep too soon. Now they haven't built hardly any comb since then. So, my question is if the bottom brood box has 6 frames built out 100%...
  10. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    So I have a nuc that I purchased and installed 6/3. My first concern with them was on the first frame they drew they put a big supercedure cell right in the middle of the frame within the first week of hiving them. I checked the cell and it was empty, still is empty as of yesterday as a matter...
  11. Bee Forum
    Hello, We made it through our first MN winter as beekeepers and have a strong hive! I am ready to do a reversal of the deep boxes now that our MN nights are getting warmer. My question is that I left a super of honey on the hive to overwinter because they needed it. Now it's full of brood. What...
  12. Bee Forum
    So on 4/5 I caught a swarm near my bee yard. I took it away for a week and then took it back with my other hives. The swarm was booming, which I expected. I added a second brood box because they had drawn out all the frames. I moved a couple of frames up to get to the second deep when I put it...
  13. Bee Forum
    Hi there! I have the intention of testing this out: instead of having my honey boxes above my brood, separated by a queen excluder, I want to have the brood sitting at the top of my beehive. The reason I want to do this is because, mainly, I feel it would be easier on the back: taking off one...
  14. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I think my queen stopped laying but I've read of queens not laying when it gets cold. Nights get into the upper 40's here as of the last week. Should I be re-queening? Am I missing something or is there anything else I can try? I'd let them emergency replace her but there aren't any larvae. I...
  15. Beekeeping 101
    Hello everyone! I have a bit of a conundrum that needs solving. So, some context, this is my second hive ever. The first did not survive the winter because of record wetness and my own inexperience. I started with a home made top bar hive, and it did not go well. Fast forward to today, I have...
  16. Bee Forum
    This is my first year for bee keeping. I live in Alaska and am working on getting my hives ready for winter. I need some advice. We just get one harvest up here which happened last week. We had a great summer for the bees and now I need to feed them up for winter. I know it is best to...
  17. Bee Forum
    So, my hive was thriving, plenty of bees, lots of brood and producing capped honey like crazy. Added my second super and eventually my honey super. Went to check on the honey super, and nothing, just bees. Couple days later, opened hive, all the capped honey in the second super was gone...
  18. Bee Forum
    Hi, I'm a 2nd year bee keeper with 2 2-brood box hives. One died in the winter so I was down to one hive. I noticed capped swarm cells on May 21st. That day I added an extra brood box and split them on May 22nd. I had put about 5 queen cells in each hive with capped brood. I now have 2 2-deep...
  19. Bee Forum
    Hello, I am new to bee keeping and I have a question. I started out with a 8 frame foundationless deep brood box which the bees pulled very nicely. When they pulled about 6.5 frames, I added a 8 frame foundation medium brood box. The medium box has been on the hive for about 10 days and the...
  20. Bee Forum
    I started a new package this year and the bees started their comb building in front, right corner instead of the center of the box. They have made their way all the way across the box now and are working on the 10th frame. The greater concentration is still to the front, right corner though. I...
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