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  1. Beekeeping 101
    What is going on? Its currently raining and they aren’t moving or flying just sitting here. Their queen is fine last time i checked and they have plenty of room.
  2. Bee Forum
    We recently got 40+lbs of honeycombs and honey from removing a hive that had been borrowing in our backyard for over 2 years. We never sprayed it with any sort of chemicals the time it was there so we aren’t worried about that. I live in south texas if that is relevant to the wildflowers the...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    The nuc I bought had short frames that I transplanted into my new/empty deep box (my second hive was with package bees), I did the research to make sure I was doing it right. It's been a little under a month, and today on my hive inspection they've filled in the space with comb. This isn't a...
  4. Home Brewing
    Hey guys! I made my first batch of mead (melomel) about a month ago with some summer fruits. I went to rack it today and saw the fruits had turned this gross grey colour. It smelled normal so I racked it anyway but I have a feeling I’m going to need to make another batch not adding the fruit...
  5. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Im new to beekeeping and using the time to catch swarms, observe and talk to my other keepers but I am really stumped on this one. The hive has varying stages of all kinds of things, some sparse brood(I think?), sparse drone (for sure...) cells with a CRAZY number of eggs, then a whole ton of...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I'm a new beekeeper in the Rocky mountains, ~9,000ft., zone 5a, I'm using my greenhouse as a sort of AZ hive by putting my Layens hive in it with southern entry. I'm foundationless, and I made several mistakes that cost me 3/4 of my new bees. First, got my package to early, had them inside for...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Hello im a new beekeeper and have run into a small problem. I have heard that one of the main killer of bees is the chemicals that are sprayed over row crops, the only problem is where I live there is nothing but crop fields for 45 minutes in any direction. we have a small 5 acre plot of woods...
  8. Equipment/Hardware
    Hello all! Im Otter (the username "Otter" was already taken) and i'm here for a little help on instrumental insemination. I am attempting to adapt the instrumental insemination technique for use in ants, and I came to y'all for help because it just so happens that the reproductive tracts of ants...
  9. Bee Forum
    I have a new hive. I got a nuc on April 15 and set up my hive. It has been cold and rainy here so I haven't had a chance to open the hive and check on the bees. I have been feeding them sugar water and noticed bees coming and going out of the hive. Today, I found 4 dead bees at the entrance...
  10. Bee Forum
    Help? I just did an inspection and found two masses in my hive, one is white and one is grayish-bluish. I have no clue what these are. My last inspection was 2 weeks ago and they weren't there. Should I go back in and remove them? I have no idea what to do. I am new at this and have had this...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    Hello! I am looking to put in a couple hives in the spring and am new to the beekeeping world. I'm located in the Texas Panhandle. I need to ask a few questions and was hoping yall could help me out. #1. How prone are bees to swarming? I'm sure it depends on the species and environment. I'm...
  12. Bee Forum
    Hello, I am new to this forum and am looking to identify this type of bee that has decided to create a nest underneath my cedar clapboard siding (specifically where it meets the foundation of my home). Anyway, I am looking to see what kind of bee this is to safely remove it. Any help will be...
  13. Beekeeping 101
    Hello everyone, I am a new beekeeper and I have 1 hive currently. I have noticed what I think is a problem, my bees have major cross combing. I was wondering if this is a problem I think it is, if it is a problem how can I prevent it. Thank you.
  14. Beekeeping 101
    Today I received two packages of bees. One package had a queen, and the other queen was dead. I didn't know what to do so I just installed everything like the queen was in the cage. I have been trying to contact my supplier, but they will not return my call and I don't know what to do, I have...
  15. Bee Forum
    Greetings, First post, first capture of a small swarm, first hive. 2 weeks of anticipation. 14 days ago, I caught a small swarm. Grapefruit size swarm. Knocked them down into a 10 frame deep. Watched the rest march in like Marines. Captured and placed them in my backyard. Feeding syrup and...
  16. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hello fellow beeks, I need some advice. I am a teacher and at about 11:30 today I noticed a swarm, by 2:00 I could only see a few bees and they were going in a vent above a bathroom. I tried collecting them after school, I took the top off the vent but they were way to far down for me to...
  17. Bee Forum
    Today I went to wrap the hive to help protect it from winter. This is my first hive, my first winter with bees. At the beginning of October I had a full hive of Italians, a healthy queen, and a TON of honey. Like Ive been told, I left the honey alone and reduced the entrance since the days were...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    First time beekeeping. I literally have had my hives for just 2 week and today during inspection, I found several queen cups on my weaker hive. I couldn't find any eggs in them (although I wasn't 100% sure what I was looking at at the time and probably didn't look as close as I could have) and...
  19. Welcome Forum
    starting over after a wipe out winter. Do I toss all the old frames. Any tutors in the Boston Area?
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