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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. Bee Forum
    I got in my long lang today to steal 2 frames of brood for a friend in need. The hive was in better shape than expected. Lot's of capped honey, brood, and saw the queen. The problems started when I loosened a frame to move it back and the bottom swung out away from the frame. I tried to...
  3. Welcome Forum
    Hello all, My name is Marcel I am a Horticulture student in San Luis Obispo CA and I am getting back into beekeeping after taking a 4 year hiatus due to drought and a frustration with dead bees. This reboot I'm going to use a foundationless 10 frame Lang design simply because it is what I have...
  4. Welcome Forum
    Hello everyone, My name is Seth, I am a complete newbie when it comes to bees, but i have been doing some research lately. I was wondering if it is better to get the NUCS or package because i have heard the Nucs are better and easier, but i have also heard it is cool to start from the...
  5. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hi, this is my first BeeSource posting and I'm a newbie beek. I'm getting my first 2 nucs this afternoon (Italian imports) and want to go foundation-free (to avoid pesticide buildup in reused foundation and also have reduced varroas and thus require less/no treatment). I'm using Langstroths...
  6. Equipment/Hardware
    Our first 2 nucs will arrive in 5 weeks and after reading tons of books, blogs and forum entries, I think we will go foundationless in the supers. There are tons of posts on how to convert to foundationless, but if one starts our from scratch what should they buy? Thanks
  7. Beekeeping 101
    I'm trying to go foundationless.
  8. Beekeeping 101
    Looking for some minor feedback. 1st year beekeeper in Fayetteville, NC. I have two hives (Italians, started out as packages in late April). I am using medium boxes and both colonies have nicely filled out two boxes with brood (great pattern) and no signs of pests (as of yet). Two weeks ago...
  9. Bee Forum
    Well the first hive has released the queen, hopefully she is still with them! I removed three frames 10 - 8 and banded the queen to the third, put the hive cover on, placed a empty frame on top with a jar feeder and tiny piece of patty (doesn't look like it's been touched) and put the top on...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    I love to read instructions. I'm a protocol driven person. That's the way my brain is set up but I realize that occasionally that sometimes one has to deviate from the manual and make an executive decision. Maybe I didn't make it to the end of the internet to fully give all the answers to all my...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    Hi all! I live in Eastern North Carolina and will be starting with 2 hives this spring. After reading pros/cons for package vs nucs, I plan on using package bees unless anyone recommends otherwise based on the next bit of info. I will treatment free and foundation-free (ff). I will also be...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    I hope this hasn't been answered before and if it was I apologize. I have some bees that I acquired at the end of June which was one deep and one medium. My current hive configuration is one deep and 3 supers. I have a mixture of 10 foundationless frames and 20 foundation frames between the 3...
  13. Bee Forum
    First year urban beek here... I appreciate your help for my little conundrum.... As another member on here posted recently, (http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?282661-can-you-use-top-bar-frames-in-a-langstroth-hive), I received a nuc that came entirely on topbars and I planned on...
  14. Bee Forum
    I have a hive (2 deeps , one med super) that swarmed a week or so ago because it was honey bound. I opened it up yesterday and found some honey in the super, the whole of the upper deep full of nectar and honey, some small space for a queen to lay in lower deep plus lots of pollen and some...
  15. Equipment/Hardware
    I'm working with a team of woodworkers in Haiti who are learning to make bee equipment for my apiary and eventually for mass production and sale. The frames have proven to be the most difficult, due to limited equipment. I have 2 questions: 1: Can someone give me a link for some good...
  16. Beekeeping 101
    First season beekeeper. My Mann-Lake 8 frame medium boxes can almost accomidate 9 frames. But in reading around, I see where in the honey supers some like to use fewer frames spaced further. I have 3 langstroth and one topbar (couple of swarms by accident) So my question is when I am adding...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    I just removed a feeder from one of my two hives and inspected the frames of the top brood box while I was at it. I found one frame of worker brood and FIVE frames of drone brood. My hives, which were started from nucs last July, have a mixture of foundationless frames and frames with plastic...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    I hived a package last Thursday - about 4 1/2 days ago - and I just checked it yesterday. It was put in a foundationless frame hive, not sure if this has a bearing or not. At any rate, The bees seem active and happy, flying to and from everywhere around the house and yard, but when I opened the...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    There's so much fantastic info on this site - thanks to all. I've read many opinions on wiring medium frames (I'm going to begin foundationless). Though it seems the wire is not necessary, I don't think there is a down side and I think I'll sleep better. Was wondering: 1. Brushy sells 1/2...
  20. Beekeeping 101
    Hi All, I am preparing to get bees next Spring and have a question regarding using foundation less frames. There seems to be a bit of back and for about foundation less frames. Well, I am actually plan to use them but I am not sure whether this is the right approach when I start from scratch...
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