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  1. Beekeeping 101
    First year beekeeper here. So I've stripped my supers and reduced my hives down to one broad box in anticipation of getting it ready for winter. I've been feeding my bees 2:1 sugar water and have about 2.5 gallons into each hive so far. I have a ton of bees in my hives to the point I'm...
  2. Bee Forum
    I need some advice on multiple things here: I noticed this morning our hives are doing this (see pic). The weather is very humid, about 70 degrees. We still have goldenrod out so have not harvested honey yet. I am not sure why they are bearding like this. Now to the hives: The right 2 hives...
  3. Beekeeping Meetings and Classes
    Make plans now to attend the 2015 edition of the Florida State Beekeepers Association Conference, November 20-22 at Amelia Island, Florida. For other details as they develop and to register access the official conference web site. Here's an outline of the program so far: 1) Ron Blake, USDA Ag...
  4. Bee Forum
    Last year was my first year beekeeping so of course I didn't rob. This year I have the opportunity to rob that same hive. It is four supers large (it uses a deep and a medium for brood and then two mediums for honey). The goldenrod is now up for us so that is our last nectar flow. I'm not sure...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    I'm a very inexperienced BeeKeeper. I've been "tightning" up my hives in preparation for winter. From the stores collected it looks like my area had a decent flow this fall. I've reduced my hives to two brood boxes each. Most seem to have a heavier top box than bottom. I'm assuming that's...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I've been reading about feeding bees for the fall and fall/pre-winter management. I've been getting alot of opinions, viewpoints, etc, and some are conflicting. I live in Central Mississippi so winters are not severe and have nine hives. My goal was to get all established and healthy this...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hello, I'm new to this site and to beekeeping, and I really would love some advice! Some background on my situation: I live in Connecticut. This is my first season beekeeping and I have one standard Langstroth hive with wax coated plasticell frames. I installed the package of Italian...
  8. Bee Forum
    Hello, My name is Joe I go to college in NC and have relatively recently become obsessed with beekeeping! My school's research farm has two langstroth hives (vestiges of its past) which, along with a faculty advisor (quite experienced), I recently claimed. He Caught a swarm and hived it and...
  9. 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...
  10. Bee Forum
    Ok, I'm a 2nd Y Beek in SW PA. I've got 5 hives, two appear to be in trouble - no queen. Here's the facts. 1. We're just coming full swing into our fall flow. Looks to be good - as all five are gathering and the hives are getting heavier. 2. That said, we were in quite a drought/dearth...
  11. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I did a hive inspection this morning and noticed that my hives brood area seems to be less full of larvae. There were still some larvae and a bunch of capped brood but seemed like there were more empty cells. Some areas looked like they were being filled with honey. They also have stored a...
  12. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Greetings from sunny Tennessee, So the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and twice in the last few weeks I have found a small swarm of bees hanging from a cedar limb near my bee hives. It happened again yesterday when I spotted a small swarm clustered on a cedar...
  13. Beekeeping 101
    Here in MA we had a dearth through July and there has been a light to moderate flow going on in August. Now things are starting to pick up a little. Problem is, in some cases no eggs are being laid despite the availability of nectar in the field. While harvesting I checked the brood nests of...
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