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  1. Bee Forum
    Hey everyone! I've been seeing a drone or two every once and awhile at the hive entrance of my mother hive. Is this normal? If so, what indication is it of what's happening?
  2. Beekeeping 101
    Weird question- Alternating partial sections of plastic foundation on deep wood frames in the brood box. These frames have 1/2 foundation in the middle with each side left open. The idea is to relieve congestion and allow the bees to draw comb and cells of whatever size they wish. They chose...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I have a hive that is heading toward swarming. Lots of drones, some queen cells. My concern is that if I do a split now, and let the new hive raise a queen, are there enough drones in the area to mate the new queen? If the drones all come from the original hive, and only that hive, will the...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I'm in the Central Oregon mountains and our rain=wildflowers=pollen is the most abundant I've seen in years- broad spectrum of colors too:thumbsup:. My 5 hives have loads of drones still which I consider a sign of good health. What are the rest of you seeing w.r.t. pollen?
  5. Bee Forum
    I have been offered a drone capturing device. For 200 dollars. Maker said that it will increase honey production as drones will not eat the honey. It captures the drones but leaves workers and queens. Is it worth cash? what could go wrong?
  6. Bee Forum
    I have 3 hives. All new packages this spring. They all seemed to be paralleling each other until about a week ago I noticed one hive didn't seem to be keeping up population wise. I use all medium 8 frame equipment and I added a fifth level to all three. The weaker hive doesn't seem...
  7. Bee Forum
    Here I will post pictures and video of honey bees and make observations. Dear Reader, I hope to learn from your observations as well, because I really don't know anything at all right now. This first picture is from bees I gathered on the ground near the three entrances. Some were right under...
  8. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Anyone seen hives starting to rear drones in the Mid-Atlantic states? We're about 3 weeks early on spring this year, just wondering when I might be able to make splits? If I wait till my usual time I believe it will be too late.
  9. Welcome Forum
    I purchased 3 nucs at the end of May. We moved them to 10 frame deeps about a week after receiving them. I now have 1 very strong and thriving colony and 2 weak but living colonies. The 2 weakernel colonies are week because the queens are poor layers. It's obvious due to the available comb that...
  10. Bee Forum
    Sorry accidentally posted twice. My swarmed hive that got left with way too many drones is finally rebounding and almost ready for another deep. The few drone cells (only drone cells) that are being made now are being uncapped at pupa stage. Is this a way the hive manages its drone...
  11. Bee Forum
    My swarmed hive that got left with way too many drones is finally rebounding and almost ready for another deep. The few drone cells (only drone cells) that are being made now are being uncapped at pupa stage. Is this a way the hive manages its drone population? If it is, very cool. But, could...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    Hey guys, need some advice for a huge problem. I ordered three packages and they were shipped on March 30th. But because of a USPS delay, I didn’t receive the bees until 6 days later (April 4th). Here in Michigan it was around 45 degrees so I installed them and put a blanket around the hives to...
  13. Recipes
    I recently attended my first Master Beekeeping class at my local University, and I absolutely love that the lecturer brought up entomophagy and how important it is. She told us of a Nepal based recipe for eating the larvae/pupae of the giant honey bee Apis laboriosa, traditionally. I looked it...
  14. Beekeeping 101
    First-year backyard beekeeper here. There are bodies littered all over the plaza (ground) in front of the hive, and while there's a good bit of activity, it doesn't have that frantic feel that I expected to see with robbing. However, there were perhaps four pairs of bees locked in mortal combat...
  15. Welcome Forum
    Hi All - I'm brand new here and with bees. Have thought about it - but this summer some girls moved in underneath my shop - about 16" off the ground, but underneath a 4x8' sheet of plywood - so I have no access. For last 4 days have tried to feed some sugar syrup that is about 8" from their...
  16. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    City Drones The queen is only 1/2 the story. The drone's DNA will be part of the next Queen. If you live in the city and can have only 4 hives you have no impact on drone DNA. The Drones go a short distance to DCAs and the Queens "go long" … so you have no impact on drone DNA. Where I live over...
  17. Bee Forum
    I am a first year beekeeper. Am learning as I go and am reading all I can. My bees survived the winter so I managed to get them through somehow. But now I am facing another issue I can't figure out. May I get the help of the forum here? A month ago, I upgraded my small winter hive to a new...
  18. Bee Forum
    I noticed this morning that the bees are very busy cleaning out dead bees but I saw a few dead drones being dragged out. I live in northern ca where it's been unseasonably warm during the day but still gets into the 30's at night. I haven't opened the hive at all yet. Is it safe to assume...
  19. Bee Forum
    The last few days I noticed one of my hives is less active than the other four. Two weeks ago it was about as busy as the others; It also had drones, which the others did not. I was thinking it was in good condition so it could afford drones - the dearth in my neighborhood was mild this year...
  20. Bee Forum
    I have hives in my backyard so I have a great opportunity to watch the activity most evenings I noticed yesterday and the day before that there was about a dozen drones crawling around my hives Does anyone know why they're there? Have the been kicked out for some reason? I did a split about a...
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