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  1. Beekeeping 101
    New Beekeeper here! Our queen and all of her attendants were dead on arrival of our package bees. Here's the story: We are Floridians who just got our first package of bees from Mountain Sweet Honey Company (beginning to regret this choice). Hive was prepped: baseboard, deep brood box with...
  2. Bee Forum
    This summer I built an observation hive (4-5 frames) and bought a nuc from a local guy to put in it. For the five months that I've had it it has seemed to work nicely, they actually swarmed as well. But yesterday I noticed that they were acting unusual e.g. an odd number of bees flying low to...
  3. Welcome Forum
    Hello, everyone! I'm an artist, working from Norway. I'm looking for a rather large amount of dead bees for a project. Is this possible to procure? Are there any biohazard risks? You are the experts, so why not ask:)
  4. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I picked up a small swarm yesterday from the yard of a local homeowner. Unfortunately, the day before, they had sprayed the ball with soapy water. When I got there, there were dead bees everywhere with a live ball laying in the dirt. I scooped up the remaining ball, brought it home and...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Well I checked my first hive today. The one in the back yard and they were dead. Still had honey. Meg and I think that the sub-zero temps over the last 3 to 4 weeks killed them. Has anyone else lost hives this winter?
  6. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    Unfortunately after our first year, the girls didn't make it through the winter. They left me with two boxes, one with honey and the other simply comb. Any reccs of what to do now? I've ordered a new colony, and had already ordered a second Warre hive and colony, both to be picked up 3/30. Can...
  7. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    So I've been checking my hive about every two weeks and just peeking in the window. They seem to be doing pretty good. Much activity today since the temp is about 38 degrees. My question is... Is it normal to have the entire floor of hive covered in dead bees? It seems like they aren't...
  8. Bee Forum
    Hi all, I am new to this forum and new to beekeeping. We got our first hive this spring. We went through the summer and fall and all was well we got about a quart of honey in our honey super and had about 10 full frames of honey in the brood boxes. Additionally the queen seemed to be laying...
  9. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Had a guy call me about a big ash tree down with bees inside. I went over to do the cut and found about 5 layers of comb 3' long and a good bit of new comb. Started taking the comb out and putting it in my box. I was keeping a pretty close eye out for good brood and the queen. The further I dug...
  10. Bee Forum
    I just started keeping bees last year and I lost my hive over winter. It looks like all the bees just died, they were in clumps all over the hive with the main cluster in the bottom box. There is a lot of honey left over...I was planing on getting two more hives this year, what from the old hive...
  11. Bee Forum
    Back at the beginning of October I conducted a full inventory of my one (top bar) hive and everything looked to be ok. There were lots of bees covering nearly all of the combs, open and capped brood and plenty of stores. Just prior to hurricane sandy, I went out to put some extra weight on the...
  12. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi there..so this is my first post on the site. Hope its helpful...so good so far. I have had a TBH since May. Bees have always been healthy, and lively....i checked on them about 3-4 weeks ago (im in Rhode Island) and they were great...there was some honey reserves...some brood...all good...
  13. Bee Forum
    Ordered two packages from Koehnens. When they got here, one was DOA. All bees dead. The other was in a different shipment and arrived in fine shape. Installed them my hive with no problems this afternoon. Not sure what to do about the dead package. Gonna call Koehnens tomorrow for advice. How is...
  14. Bee Forum
    I have a hive that is dead. I have a few frames of honey still and a lot of empty brood comb. My question is that there is a light green mold over everything except the honey. Can I use the drawn comb with this mold on it for my new bees or do I need to replace the foundation?
  15. Beekeeping 101
    Hi I have two hives, I went to move them the other night and found probably 200 odd dead bees at the entrance, I checked both hives before I took them and both seemed to have many bees inside. We had a huge downpour about three days earlier (bigger than most) and when I opened the lid there was...
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