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  1. Splits/Combines
    Hi everyone from the western suburbs of Chicago where it's FINALLY summer! We have two hives in our back yard, one of which was struggling and most likely queenless. Last week we decided to combine with the stronger hive, using the newspaper method. But...now what? We have two lower brood...
  2. Splits/Combines
    3rd year beekeeper here. I went into last winter with 2 previously overwintered colonies (one via split) and 2 new ones. The older colonies made it through winter while the 2 new ones did not (despite one of them being very strong at season's end). One of my survivors swarmed in late June but...
  3. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hello everybody, I have been working on a trap out for a while now and the home owners are getting antsy about getting the bees gone. The plan all along was to trap out *most* of the bees then cut out the comb. Last week I took 10 frames of bees/open and closed brood/stores out of my trap box...
  4. Bee Forum
    I have 3 hives. This is my first year bee keeping. One of my hives killed the queen as best I can tell as she was poorly mated. They did start a few queen cells. I took one frame with a queen cell and a frame from each of the other hives in an attempt to start a nuc. Yesterday, I checked my...
  5. Bee Forum
    Hello, guys. My name is Sarah. I'm new here and just had my first big Bee Disaster. I have two hives from packages, both about a month old. One of my hives, which was already pretty weak (only 2 frames filled out) got robbed. I threw a wet sheet over it, built some robber screens real quick...
  6. Bee Forum
    I have a weak hive I'd like to combine with 1 or 2 other hives. Hive is weak because it's an old queen - not producing much brood. I'd like to combine, because I don't want 6 hives to take care of I'd rather have 5. I'm not really sure which hive(s) to combine it with. Hives 1-2: Newly...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hello, BeeSource! I'll be combining two hives tomorrow using the newspaper method. The hives are next to each other, about 6" apart. I will be placing the weaker hive on top of my stronger hive. Will the foragers from the weak hive find their way to the neighboring hive? Should I slide the...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    I posted a thread about what to do with a weak hive and most agreed that combining it with a stronger hive would be my best option. I have been researching different methods and have decided the newspaper method will be the best but I still have a few questions My hives are about 3-4 feet...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Hello, new urban beekeeper here. I've read a lot here on bees clustering under a screened bottom board and also combining a laying worker hive with a queenright colony, but can't find the answer to this one: What to do about bees from a laying worker hive we shook out in front of a queenright...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    This is my first attempt with bees and I started with 2 packages and 1 nuc, just so I could compare progress. My packages were bought May 16th and installed in brand new 10 frame boxes with plastic foundation. I have been checking on them regular and feeding. The packages were not very healthy...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    I have a hive that's about three years old. I just checked the hive, and found no larva, eggs, or capped brood cells. Didn't see the queen, either. I was hoping the queen would make it through winter, but I'm afraid she may have already died. The good news is that I still have lots of bees in...
  12. Bee Forum
    Hello all! I have a question about which hives to combine:::: I have three strong hives and two weak hives. Strong Hives are as follows: 1. third year hive who was requeened this spring due to aggressive behavior. healthy feisty hive with good stores and brood. 2. split from Hive 1 made...
  13. 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!
  14. Beekeeping 101
    Here's the situation: I planned to have three hives in my back yard this spring so I got my equipment, ordered two pkgs and a nuc and waited. In early April I lucked up on a swarm from unknown origins and installed it (in hive #1, tbh). Two weeks later the two pkgs arrived so I installed one...
  15. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all. I woke up this morning to see that a bear had gotten in an decimated both my hives. :cry: I was super sad. BUT! I went out and started cleaning up and found 1 of the 2 queens. So my question is... should I combine these hives (there doesn't seem to be all of the bees there was. Lots...
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