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  1. 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...
  2. Bee Forum
    Starting to see reports of swarms in the southern states of the US, so if you live there consider OSBN. Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest is a great Swarm Prevention method for Beekeepers who don't have spare drawn comb. Here is a quick summary of the method. Opening the Sides of the Brood...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Opening the Sides of the Broodnest - OSBN Main points: Develops comb building before swarm season, which helps to reduce swarming. Due to extra comb for nectar storage and using up of nectar to make wax. Enlarges the size of the Broodnest when the bees would usually be reducing it by...
  4. Bee Forum
    Good morning from the unusually rainy Texas Panhandle. After purchasing a nuc in early June that was bursting with bees, I installed it into an 8 frame Langstroth. It appeared to be rapidly expanding in July, so to avoid a swarm while I was scheduled to be away for several weeks, I moved a...
  5. 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%...
  6. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    I have two first year hives that were started with 2 boxes of bees. I have had them going for just over two months. I just checked my hives and one of them has built comb on just about all of the bars on the second box, thus allowing me to add another. The other hive only has the one full bar...
  7. Bee Forum
    I have an opportunity to buy some frames of drawn comb. As the first year of a hive can often be spent just on building up comb, I thought "why not speed up that long process and buy some drawn comb off another beek who is selling. I know all the cons to this such as disease etc, but if I...
  8. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I have a question about comb being built in layers on the bottom of my TBH. This hive is in it's second Summer and is doing great. A month ago there was one comb that collapsed and I cleaned it out...but since then I am seeing a lot more comb being built on the bottom of the hive. They are...
  9. Bee Forum
    Hello everyone, I'm new to beekeeping. I have 2 hives in my yard, one is doing very well, on the 5th frame of drawn comb (I used starter strips), larva at different stages, everything "looks normal" all since April 27th. The hive next to it has only 1/2 frame of comb, and nothing really...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    So this is my first year and first bees. I installed my package 4 weeks ago in 8 frame medium box with foundationless frames. Last week they had filled out all but two frames so I added another box on top thinking they would start building in that in no time. I went into the hive yesterday...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    It's great to see more people trying out "Opening the Sides of the Broodnest" I wish I had known about this method when I was starting out! My tests so far indicate that it significantly reduces swarming, produces a larger population, I get some honey and get much more drawn comb than I did...
  12. Bee Forum
    Recently did a cutout. It was bigger than I thought and so I did not have enough equipment to rubber band all the combs at that time. After I left, a couple of combs fell down and were horizontal on the bottom of the cavity. They had been mostly cleaned out a couple of days later, when I...
  13. Beekeeping 101
    Hi there, I am a first time beekeeper and installed my bees six days ago. I put a quart of SW on the feeder and there is still half of it left. We had two days of sun and then 3 days of rain. In the evening of the second day of being installed, what looked like a small swarm congregated in the...
  14. Beekeeping 101
    "Open the Sides of the Broodnest" - Steps: 1. Several weeks before swarm season, move each outside frame up into a new box and alternate them with new frames, directly above the Broodnest. 2. Insert a new frame on each outside edge of the Broodnest. (So that a Brood frame is only on one side...
  15. Bee Forum
    I've been doing more testing with Opening the Sides of the Broodnest with three of my hives that each overwintered in a single 10 frame deep. First year beekeepers usually don't have spare drawn comb, so this appears to be working well in getting comb drawn before swarm season. Swarm season...
  16. Bee Forum
    Interesting Yahoo News article. They still need to explain how the paper wasps build their nest cells in a hexagonal shape :) http://news.yahoo.com/honeycombs-surprising-secret-revealed-140924989.html
  17. Beekeeping 101
    While inspecting my hives over the weekend, I noticed some funky comb. Any burr comb I scraped off but this is built on the foundation. The queen was actively laying eggs and I saw lots of eggs in the cells, though not necessarily in these funky comb sections. Is this a big deal? Should I...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    My son mixed up some syrup and filled up a feeder for a new split with 2:1 syrup mix. Will that encourage comb building or should it be 1:1??
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