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  1. Splits/Combines
    Hello all, I made some splits and added mated queens to two of them around July 1st and captured 2 swarms that have mated queens back from mating around July 8th, all 4 hives are doing well. My issue is, I don't see any continual progress in comb build out. I've checked for the past two weeks...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    I have seen on multiple occasions that we can only ask of bees so much at a time; that is to say that "we can only really ask our bees to make more bees, make more comb, or make more honey". I do believe that I have also seen that we can expect them to do two of those three well, but not all...
  3. Bee Forum
    I have read on several places about the different ratios to use for feeding during different times of the year. The 1:1 and 2:1 (sugar : water) are documented the most and probably used the most. Does anyone use a 1:2 mix leading up to spring? I've heard or read that the more watered down mix...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    a coworker told me about a swarm of bees on the side of her house the night before. being late at night and concerned for her young children, her husband simply sprayed the swarm with a whole can of wasp killer and walked away. they hadn't seen any bee activity in their yard or on their house...
  5. Bee Forum
    I purchased a 3# package that arrived 15 Apr and I fed 1:1 syrup for 2 weeks. They consumed about 2.5 quarts and started building comb on 10 bars. I stopped feeding after 2 weeks and they haven't built any new comb in past 3 weeks. The existing comb has capped brood and pollen and I found the...
  6. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    It's been three weeks since I did the cut-out from a water meter box. for two reasons this time I'm 95% sure I got the queen. I was able to get ALL he brood. Since there was empty comb at each end, I feel I have her. Since there is a large population now in my wired up top bar hive, I feel I...
  7. Bee Forum
    I have a hive that was existing when I bought it last year. It is only one deep and I've been trying to get the bees to draw out more comb in a second deep. So far they will not. I added the second deep several weeks ago and have been feeding sugar water to help encourage them but nothing...
  8. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    This is my 1st year, so please don't mind my novice questions! I installed my 3# package into my top bar hive on May 25. By May 31, they had 4 bars that were about halfway drawn, and this is when I removed my false back. But June 1, those four seemed almost fully drawn, with 4 more started, 2...
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