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  1. Welcome Forum
    I have recently made the decision to expand my garden to include a bee hive. I am a Penn State Master Gardener and love the bees that frequent my yard and want to take it to the next level. My husband (who can build anything) found plans on the internet and made me a top bar hive that has an...
  2. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I may order an Italian Queen soon to produce a pure breed. When this colony makes a queen cup (/queen cell, idk what to call them), can I simply remove it and keep it in a temperature controlled jar with holes in the top? If so, how to I remove it? What would I need to do to the cup to ensure...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Ok, this could get long so I will try to leave out extraneous details but please ask me questions to clarify as needed. Short background: A friend was splitting a hive last year and wanted to keep one hive in my yard, great! Those bees died of starvation (his diagnosis) over the winter and he...
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