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  1. Beekeeping 101
    I combined two hives this afternoon. One of the hives is weaker, it has no queen and had 10-15 queen cells (I removed these). The Strong hive is on the bottom with a marked queen that I observed before closing it up. There is newspaper between the two hives with perforations. The bees should...
  2. Bee Forum
    When making sugar syrup for bees, I often read "do not heat or boil the solution as it kills bees." Is this statement true or a perpetuated myth? Then how is fondant not a killer as it's boiled and whipped sugar syrup? (what am I missing?)
  3. Bee Forum
    I keep bees in central Texas (close to austin) and I wanted to know how the summer heat will effect my hives. Central Texas Summers routinely reach consecutive weeks of 95+ degree temps with several being in the 100's. I have water close by so the bees can cool the hive to an extent, but I...
  4. Products of The Hive
    Heat Resistant Characteristics of Major Royal Jelly Protein 1 (MRJP1) Oligomer Soluble royal jelly protein is a candidate factor responsible for mammiferous cell proliferation. Major royal jelly protein 1 (MRJP1), which consists of oligomeric and monomeric forms, is an abundant proliferative...
  5. Bee Forum
    Genotypic Influence on Aversive Conditioning in Honeybees, Using a Novel Thermal Reinforcement Procedure In Pavlovian conditioning, animals learn to associate initially neutral stimuli with positive or negative outcomes, leading to appetitive and aversive learning respectively. The honeybee...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I've got a hot hive in a hot state. I'm mega paranoid because the girls love to cover every square inch of me they can, so I suit up, sometimes with triple layers (suit counts as one). Is this necessary? I feel that once I'm stung once, I'm vulnerable and prone to get stung many more, and trust...
  7. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I don't know what to do with my poor bees. The other day I came home to troubled family members who had escaped to the house because of bees swarming the swimming pool. :eek: I cooled off the hive by spraying nearby trees, misting water over the pool to make them think it was raining, putting...
  8. Bee Forum
    I was checking the chickens when I noticed more noise than usual from the hive. This is what I saw. It was a very hot and humid day up here in Maine and its still pretty sticky tonight. Are they getting ready to swarm or is this caused by the heat? I just added the second deep last week when I...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    I'm in Northern VA and we are experiencing I think the 14th consecutive day with temps above 95 degrees. In fact, today is supposed to top off around 105. So what can I do to help the girls keep the hive cool? I still have a hive top feeder on both hives - is it a good idea to fill them with...
  10. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    First year KTBH beekeeper here. I feel so guilty with the heat so high and my girls with what appears to be little or no flowering vegetation. Should I feed them sugar syrup through this drought?
  11. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    What a mess. I was overdue in an inspection to see if there was evidence of a new queen (I lost mine a few weeks ago). Yesterday, we had record high heat of 109F. Today, it will be 104F. I inspected the hive this morning when it was 86F. Two bars of honeycomb were in a heap on the hive floor...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    I was wondering if honey is adversely affected by keeping it in your car in hot weather. Should it be kept in a cooler, or is it OK for it to be subjected to the high temperatures when left in your vehicle in the summertime. Thanks!
  13. Bee Forum
    It was 48 today in central Ohio and I took the opportunity to give some of my colonies some candy. I know that it is only December 14 and that they are eating their stores; however, I am a bit paranoid about bee survival. Some would say extreme. I took the opportunity to put an indoor outdoor...
  14. Bee Forum
    Hi all, I got a super and some Cut comb foundation from Dadant a while ago. I finally put the super on and after a day in the heat the foundation was folded down towards the brood. Is there a step I am missing in keeping this foundation held in place in the frames? Also, anyone have any...
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