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  1. Beekeeping 101
    Anybody in central texas? I have a young hive that I installed this year and trying to plan for the winter. I'm wondering if anybody in central texas has issues with having to feed their bees during the winter or if they are able to forage enough and store enough honey for themselves.
  2. Bee Forum
    I am in Zone 7a and we are having an October that is quite warm and it's supposed to be in the 70s and 60s for the whole month. I have 2 hives and 2 double nucs that need to put on weight as their stores are low. How quickly can they take 1:1 and store it? Is there anything I should do to get...
  3. Winter Beekeeping
    Hi, I have a colony at the back of my garden (UK). I will be away from the country end of November to early January (6 - 7 weeks). I have 1 super full of nectar. Is it ok keep the super full of honey throughout the winter for the bees instead of feeding? I will not be able to feed them from end...
  4. Diseases and Pests
    Hello, everyone. I have a mess of ants setting up housekeeping in the empty super I have above my hive. Using a top feeder, as you’ll see in the photo. Any thoughts on possible actions/remedies? Leave them be? Dump ‘em out and move along? (My choice for now.) Something else? Thanks!
  5. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    Hello! I am a new beekeeper and recently installed a package in my Ware hive. I work abroad and so will have to be fairly hands off. I plan to come back to the hive twice a year, so I'm just trying to plan ahead for the winter and give the bees the best chance of survival. I have some questions...
  6. All other areas
    Greetings. Does anyone have experience of feeding date syrup to bees? I gather the natural sugar in the syrup is better than fondant (which is inverted sugar). Any wisdom on the subject would be gratefully received. Thanks.
  7. Equipment/Hardware
    The setup isn't that expensive and many like myself in the past have wondered how these things are put together. There are many ways to do it but this is how I run mine. https://youtu.be/J9pSC4CO-vo
  8. All other areas
    Hello all, I'm looking at keeping a honey super on my double deep hive bodies, which I did last year for the first time and it worked well. But would like advice on procedure for feeding 2-1 sugar syrup to help pack the hives with the super on? or if I should remove it during feeding. I'd...
  9. Northeast
    I am in my second year of trying to manage my hives in single deep brood chambers. One of the challenges that I have noticed is trying to feed them. Because of my lifestyle and storage ability, I would like to use internal hive feeders and just leave them inside the hive all year round. The...
  10. Bee Forum
    I've got (2) hives, side by side that I started from nucs in April. Both fairly large now. One hive has at least one super of mostly capped honey. This being their first year, I have no intentions of robbing, but will monitor after the fall flow to see if they need to be fed. The other hive...
  11. Equipment/Hardware
    What are you all using for feeders in cardboard nucs? I don't want to use Boardman (robbing risk) or in hive type that takes room from the growing bees. i do community feed as well but I don't think the sound nuc with few foragers is able to get much feed that way. I'm considering using the...
  12. Bee Forum
    I have 4 nucs I started later than usual-first week of July. The queens are laying , everything looks good and I’ve been feeding them right along. Trouble is, they’re not storing anything much. My bigger hives are sucking up the syrup and packing it away but these nucs are just barely using the...
  13. Texas
    We are in SE Texas. New to beekeeping, have had 3 hives for a little over a 1/2 year now. We have not harvested yet, but have some full deeps and then some. Can you tell us... is there a formula, if you will, for knowing how much honey to leave for the hive overwinter so we don't need to feed Is...
  14. 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...
  15. Photo/Video Gallery
    I've been messing around with the editing tools on youtube. Pretty neat. This one is slowed down to 1/4 speed. It still looks like normal speed because they move so fast. The best part is the audio. Bird sounds become very strange and bee wings sound deeper. Turn up the volume. Hope you enjoy...
  16. Splits/Combines
    Hello all, I made some splits and added mated queens to two of them around July 1st and captured 2 swarms that have mated queens back from mating around July 8th, all 4 hives are doing well. My issue is, I don't see any continual progress in comb build out. I've checked for the past two weeks...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    I have two new hives this year, and both did not produce much honey during this first nectar flow. I live in Ohio, so the flow ends late June (now). They only produced 3/4 of a super; nothing is even capped yet. I have questions on how to proceed... - My concern is Winter stores. During the...
  18. Bee Forum
    I've heard before that bees will collect syrup that is feed out of hive faster. The given reason was because the bees see that syrup fed in the hive is already theirs, they can use it at their leisure, so are less inclined to put it in cells, opposed to out of hive feed where they need to move...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    Hi, I will be installing my very first package of bees on Monday. The temperature forecast for that day is a hight of 62F and a low of 41F. In all of the installation videos I have watched, they spray the bees with 1:1 Syrup (+ I am using Pro Health oil with it). 1. Will the temps be a...
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