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  1. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi everyone. My mom has kept bees for years (in Langstroths) and ordered an extra hive this year thinking she had the gear for it, but instead offered it to me. I knocked together a TBH following Les Crowder's plans, read the books, did the youtube bonanza, etc. I live in midcoast Maine, and...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    I'm a new beekeeper in the Rocky mountains, ~9,000ft., zone 5a, I'm using my greenhouse as a sort of AZ hive by putting my Layens hive in it with southern entry. I'm foundationless, and I made several mistakes that cost me 3/4 of my new bees. First, got my package to early, had them inside for...
  3. Welcome Forum
    I am a brand new beekeeper starting this spring. I have done tons of reading, joined a local bee club (have yet to attend a meeting, one is coming up), and taken Girl Next Door Honey's beekeeping class online! I am thrilled! I am starting beekeeping with my dad, who has kept bees in years past...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I don't have my own hive yet, as I'm still a student, but I'm thinking of starting up when I return to Minnesota. My county in MN is zone 4b....it gets cold! Do the bees require any special care over the winter? What's the best way to winterize a hive? Is beekeeping even practical in such a...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    We're new beeks and we installed our very first two packages (Carniolans from NZ) on Tuesday evening. The weather was good then but was a bit cold. The weather has not been nice bee weather at all. Yesterday was about 10C then down to 7C at night. Today is 10C and rain. Tomorrow looks good...
  6. Equipment/Hardware
    Newbee here with bees coming in May. We're working on the hives right now. I ordered some IPM screened bottom boards that come with a corrugated sheet to slide in. We live in Northern NY where we get tons of snow and cold temps (we had record lows for the entire country on 3 days last month). I...
  7. Bee Forum
    The weather in Central Minnesota is now highs in the 50s and lows in the 30-40s, and will continue to cool down thru Oct-Nov. How late should I be putting buckets of 2:1 syrup in the hive? Thanks for the help! Brady (Sticky Fingers)
  8. Beekeeping 101
    We just received our new bee packages yesterday. They were put into the packages on Thursday. When we got home yesterday the wind was blowing about 25 knots and it was getting worse. I decided to wait until today hoping the weather would improve. It will be in the low 50s and a little wind. The...
  9. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Crazy late for a cutout in Ct. right?? But the homeowner is selling the house and the buyer wanted it gone!! Temps got above 50deg. just barely on Sunday so I went for it. Homeowner swears that there has been bees there for 40 years and from the look of of all the propolis along the drip edge I...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    Given the near-term forecast, how would you suggest we manage packages picked up on Wednesday (3/20)? http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/manassas-va/20110/march-weather/8252_pc We have no drawn combs, no frames of honey. The current plan is to hold them in the basement, and feeding 1:1 syrup...
  11. Welcome Forum
    Hi all, My screen name has to do with one of my dogs' nicknames, so no connection to Sioux Bee honey;-)) I've been to bee school, have some equipment (took me a while to afford it all), and I have a Langstroth hive that I'm thinking of not using, because I have a physical problem lifting right...
  12. Diseases and Pests
    Hi guy's I have missed the chance to apply OA in best conditions which would be 5 C to 8 C. Now here we have temperature of -3 C to -5 C. Can I apply oxalic in such cold weather? Does anyone have experience with such situation? Could it harm clustered bees or could this treatment be not...
  13. Commercial Beekeeping
    :lookout: :lookout: :lookout: For all you out of state'rs who brought bees in to the almonds and went back home with your annual paycheck: Get some rubber boots on your feet and a syrup bucket in your hand. 2/11/09 The weather forcast (Northern California) for the next ten days looks...
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