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  1. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I have been about a month now waiting for my two virgin queens to mate and get laying. I went into each hive today and I still can’t tell what I’m looking at. Sometimes I think I’m seeing larva other times I think I’m just seeing the shadow from the other side of the comb. (These are top bar...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all. First year keeper here. A little bit of a read, so I wanted to say thank you to anyone who is willing to indulge me. :) I was able to go pick up my Nuc on 5/5. The beekeeper selling the Nuc was very nice and showed me through the nuc, including the queen (unmarked), brood...
  3. Photo/Video Gallery
    The hives super rich in brood, donate to the hives that are struggling a bit and just need a small boost to get ahead.
  4. Bee Forum
    Zone 7 I checked on my hives yesterday to top off the feeders with 2 to 1 syrup. I was glad to find lots of stores that they put on since I have been feeding them. However, I was dismayed to see how little( if any) brood or eggs were present. This week looks to be the first frost we will get...
  5. Bee Forum
    We had a few days this week around 75-80F. I don’t have a good way to heat a volume of water and I’ve finally resorted to just using well water mixing 10 gal at a time, sometimes several times a day. My thinking is if I’m feeding thin I need to get it done and allow them time to cure it...
  6. Observation Hive Forum
    Hey all, I’m a first time beek with a 3x3 OH. I bought a 3# package of bees last spring that came in a plastic Bee-bus container. The beek that sold them suggested I put the queen cage on the middle frame so I didn’t have to look at it and said I wouldn’t need to open the hive till about Aug. to...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    I did a hive inspection today and this is my first year. It has been quite chilly since my last inspection. there were a few frames of honey in the supers. When I opened the hive today all of the frames with capped honey were broken like in the photo. At first, I thought it was maybe robbing or...
  8. Diseases and Pests
    When is the the earliest time a mite can enter a drone or worker cell? units: days start time: egg lay For deciding how to treat, you also need the latest bees can hatch. Michael Bush: worker: 21 drone: 25 Correct us if its wrong.
  9. Beekeeping 101
    This is the best thread to use for "When do you add a second box?" because its the oldest most "on topic" one I found. I can't add a poll to it. How does your box adding advice differ when adding box 2 versus >2 boxes?
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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%...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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