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  1. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hello Bee Keeps.. especially those of you in areas with cold winter climates. I am a TF bee keep in Southern Coastal Maine. Brunswick specifically. We had a terrible drought this summer and the dearth was the worst I have seen in my 12 years of beekeeping in this area. I did feed beginning in...
  2. Bee Forum
    I forgot to put on a queen excluder and came back after about 9-10 days and was pissed. Not only did the queen lay all over the place in the 3 supers, but the bees ate a TON of the honey they had stored in the supers. Yes, we are in a dearth now. Did they eat more honey than normal to give the...
  3. Bee Forum
    I have 4 hives all going with varied success. My strongest hive has 3 medium supers about 80-90% full. They are from a package, but we gave them some drawn comb to start out on, and some of the supers had drawn comb. So that explains their fast start. I am confused about when to harvest and...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I have a newbie questions that I hope someone could answer: I read somewhere that setting up a sugar water feeder outside the hive can trigger robbing (cant see to find my source anymore). I would prefer to set up a communal syrup feeder outside the hives so my kids can refill it since they...
  5. Bee Forum
    I usually only spritz lemongrass oil to work the bees, but recently I got out the smoker because the hives have been grumpy because of the hot weather, and no food. The one 10-frame hive has a lot of bees and is also usually grumpy, no matter what is going on. They get most upset when I have...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    In the midwest, is yellow and white sweet clover the last big nectar source before the dearth? I have some BeeBee trees that I started from seeds that I am putting in as a long term plan for some nectar during dearth, anyone have other plant suggestions along those lines? I have 33 acres...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    I bought two 5-frame nucs in May and one has 80% of the second deep body fully drawn with significant amounts of honey and brood. Would it be wise to add a honey super and stop feeding? I'm in south-central Indiana and not sure what (if any) flow is yet to occur. The bees are still taking...
  8. Bee Forum
    In my last inspection of my 5 hives, in a dearth (but recent rains may help), there was tons of worker brood, but there was not a single bit of drone comb in any hive, and drones only in one of them. In the one that had drones were queen cells. I took all 4 and created a split. After this...
  9. Bee Forum
    I've got an idea to help relieve the heat for my hive in a Texas summer. Tell me what yall think of it. Let me know if there's any dangers or Precautions I should take beforehand. I have a top feeder on my hive, but not the type with floating wooden slats.This one is caged around the entrance...
  10. Bee Forum
    I'm going to be working with my bees out of my sideyard, but they will still receiving hours and hours of sunlight leaving them to bake in a Texas summer. There are no trees in the area, so I figure I'll need to build a shade source. Any ideas? (i've got a telescoping cover, if that helps)
  11. Bee Forum
    I made one of these. I like it. Here's a question: If I were to put one of these on each hive to anticipate robbing, and they are all built the same, would that defeat the purpose of confusing the robbers? Because they would already know about the trick entrance, correct? Do you vary the...
  12. Bee Forum
    Expecting the honey flow in this area to end in a few weeks, I was pointed to weather.com's pollen count as a possible indicator. The only problem is, it's the opposite to what I might have expected. "For the Philadelphia area, the pollen count for Pollen season can vary from year to year...
  13. Commercial Beekeeping
    DEARTH Here we go again: I have hives and divides that are on their 2nd round of two patties per feeding and a 1st or 2nd filling of Mother Lode style inside feeders. The bees can empty one of those inside feeders overnight! The Carniolans shut down brooding and the Italians are going 2 frames...
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