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  1. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi everyone, Here's a little background information before I begin. -I live in a high and dry area of Colorado at 9000ft. The nectar flow isn't on yet. We are just beginning to see penstemon pop up, but it has mainly been dandelions and asters up until now. -I installed my nuc into my new...
  2. For Sale
    For Sale: 250 - 2 story deeps with bottom boards, 10 frame boxes on 4-way pallets, 600 Deep Boxes w/drawn comb, 400 Deep Boxes w/foundation, 2014 Ford F450 12' Bed, 1600 Swinger Forklift. Available after CA Pollination if you want them before hand we can talk. Will sell separately, but bees have...
  3. Equipment/Hardware
    This may be a dumb question. Is there a place I can buy a fully drawn comb? i.e manufactured fully drawn comb. I have looked for it but am unable to find it. Alex Madsen
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I'm installing a new package into a hive that perished over the winter. I know it was mites and not disease and the dead bees left behind 20 frames of full comb in two deeps, most with at least some honey and some with full honey stores. When I install the new package, should I put them in the...
  5. 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...
  6. Bee Forum
    I am confused about what I keep hearing about your first year, and not getting any honey. I have had hives before, but this year I am getting 4 hives which will have a few frames of drawn comb and the other frames have foundation. I am getting packages next week and hope to get some honey this...
  7. 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...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    So, I just installed a new package of bees in a brood box with drawn comb...my hive last year swarmed so I have three brood boxes with drawn comb...Here's my question...I installed with one box in place last Sunday....today, I checked, queen is released and laying eggs....When should I add the...
  9. 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...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    Well, it finally happened. I have been reading (for sevewral years now) about how sometimes the bees wont move above a queen excluder. Well, I finally experienced this personally. This Spring I did a split and added a purchased queen (Walter T Kelly) Russian Queen. I usually go with...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    I have a new hive, and the bees are booming and I'm going to have to add a small super by tuesday (5/27) at the latest. I have decided to go foundationless, and have had great luck with my deeps, I had enough drawn comb to alternate with foundationless, and the bees have drawn comb beautifully...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    Background: So, I have five hives that are empty, all with frames of drawn comb (less than 3 years old each). Many frames of honey and pollen. Many empty. I have packages on the way. What is the best way to set up the hives to maximize the use of existing pollen and honey for the new...
  13. Beekeeping 101
    So I added a frame to two hives and am glad to see the bees are making good progress drawing out the comb. This is after about a week since installing in the brood box. However, I don't know why the comb already looks dirty? Any thoughts? I know I need to add some fishing line for support.
  14. Bee Forum
    I have a new split this year that has two medium brood boxes full of brood, one full honey super, and two supers that have drawn comb. Do I need to add more supers (which would have no drawn comb) so they can keep expanding or wait until they have another super full of honey? Don't want them to...
  15. Bee Forum
    I am getting a new package that I will put in a hive with drawn combs and 4 frames of honey (this hive's colony was lost this winter, the frames and combs are in good shape, no AFB or EFB). The question is: do I need to feed this package? If yes for how long? If no, is it still worth adding a...
  16. Bee Forum
    I never seem to have enough drawn comb to go around. My question is how do I stretch my comb further? When I discover a dead-out or a hive becomes empty for whatever reason how should I use the drawn comb for the next hive/colony.. Whether it's a 5-frame nuc, 10-frame deep or a 20-frame colony...
  17. 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...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    So, I had a hive that had a deep and 2 mediums that were pretty full, so I decided to add a another med super that had no foundation. Given how early in the year it was, I thought it might help prevent swarming if I distributed the blank frames between the 3 med honey supers. I checked...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    I have been thinking about the answers to these questions for a while, and thought I would ask for peoples opinion with the hope that it will help me, as well as some other new bee keepers who might be getting packages this spring, or some 2nd 3rd year keepers who might be expanding. It might...
  20. Beekeeping 101
    I'm a soon to be beekeeper planning on starting in the spring 2001. I have been able to find enough equipment to set up five hives (2-deeps, 2-honey supers, top, bottom, inner, frames, and wax x 5). I've spent the summer and fall like Grasshopper from Kung Fu, sitting at the feet several Master...
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