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  1. Funding Requests: KickStarter, GoFundMe, FundRazr
    We are a family looking to raise bees. We just bought our first house, we put every penny we had into getting this house. We were able to get one 8 frame deep, a smoker, and a multi tool so far. We are trying to become as self sufficient as possible and start homesteading. Our house is on an...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    I accidentally ordered two beestarter hives that came about a week apart can I combine them without killing the queen or should I give them separately?
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Hello! I have recently discovered this buzzing community and would like to ask a couple questions. Would anyone be able to explain what I am seeing in these two attached photos? I am a bit worried as this hasn't happened before. Thanks!
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I am a first year bee keeper, this is my only hive and I live in northern Ohio. Winters get rough. My colony barely made enough winter honey but the hive was the right weight. I came out today after walking past the hive and noticing the entrance reducer had been moved. I looked at the inside...
  5. Welcome Forum
    Hi, I am currently a third year student studying Fashion Communication and Promotion at Nottingham Trent University. I am doing my dissertation on red lipstick and have found myself researching into the threat bees currently face. I was wondering if anyone would be willing to talk to me about...
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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.
  19. 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...
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