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  1. Welcome Forum
    Hello all! I have been viewing these threads from the shadows for some time now (creepy, huh?) and have decided it is time to be more involved. I am a newbee rolling through my first spring on a single installed package. I now know that two would have been better, but my wife set it all up as a...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    Hey Everyone, First year bee keeper here and I was wondering when is the earliest and latest you should add honey supers to your hives? I am in central Illinois, and the clover bloom is still in full swing and I expect that goldenrod will be here relatively soon. I have two hives, both of them...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    I have several questions as I enter my first spring with full hives. I had 2 hives going into the winter and I fed them pretty continuously 2:1 to prevent starvation since it was their first winter and I didn't want to have a deadout from starvation. Hive #1 : 2 deeps and a medium had tons of...
  4. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I'm just curious for all you top-bar beekeepers, did you learn to keep bees with the traditional Langstroth hive first or did you start out with a top bar hive? If top bar was your first, how would you rate the learning curve? This is my first year keeping bees. And I began with a top bar...
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