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  1. Bee Forum
    I know the broodless period occurs late fall through early spring (at least here in the Northeast USA), but I've never read what actually triggers the queen to stop laying. Assuming cold temperatures are the impetus to stop laying, how does she know it's cold when the workers are keeping the...
  2. Bee Forum
    Would like your thoughts please: Yesterday I checked my 3 hives since the weather finally permitted since late Jan. There were decent amounts of bees, one hive very populated. All bringing in pollen. The other 2 I found no brood. I should have had better light, but I didn't see larva and barely...
  3. Diseases and Pests
    I am a first year beekeeper with my first 10 frame hive and I need urgent help. I got my colony from a nuc in April. They seemed to be doing great despite a few small hive beetles here and there. Well, a couple of weeks ago I made a horrible rookie mistake with my top feeder. I took out...
  4. Bee Forum
    Friends, I have a "medium size" hive. Cant find ANY eggs or brood. I am assuming it is recently queen-less. I have a VERY small hive taking up only 1/2 of a hive body, yet with brood present. Can I just combine the two hives??? Is there a correct procedure? Thanks!
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Newbee with 3 ten frame hives. 2 from nucs, and one captured swarm. Hive 1 (nuc) - swarmed a couple weeks ago. Now have no brood, and brood cells are filling with nectar. No swarm cells seen during inspection. Hive 2 (nuc) - going strong, seem very active. Hive 3 (swarm - not from hive 1) -...
  6. Diseases and Pests
    First year beekeeper here, bought my bees from BeeWeaver with a clipped queen. They really took off this summer and I was able to split the hive and take honey from the original hive. They put up a lot, what appears to be enough for them to overwinter on with little or no help from me. The...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    I have always heard if your bees are carrying in pollen then a queen and or brood must be present. Is this a myth or a truth? The reason for this question is this post www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?267709-Should-I-be-worried. As you can see from the mentioned post the colony is...
  8. Bee Forum
    I am coming out of a long drought in my region. We had rain one day in the previous month and I continued to feed the girls on sugar syrup. I got more rain for a few days in this month. I am now seeing nectar in the hives. However in one hive the bees are loading nectar every where, in the brood...
  9. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    33 days ago I installed a 5-frame nuc with bees & brood and a live unmarked queen, however by the next day the queen had been released and has not been seen since. We had a miserably cold 2 weeks and no forage available. I started syrup, which they are still taking voraciously--and storing it...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    Here in MA we had a dearth through July and there has been a light to moderate flow going on in August. Now things are starting to pick up a little. Problem is, in some cases no eggs are being laid despite the availability of nectar in the field. While harvesting I checked the brood nests of...
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