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  1. Splits/Combines
    Hi everyone from the western suburbs of Chicago where it's FINALLY summer! We have two hives in our back yard, one of which was struggling and most likely queenless. Last week we decided to combine with the stronger hive, using the newspaper method. But...now what? We have two lower brood...
  2. Equipment/Hardware
    I'm fairly new to beekeeping, but I do have three active hives. The local ag exemption requires 6. A guy getting out of the hobby gave me several hives/bodies/supers. I needed more so I bought from Mann Lake (via Amazon). But as soon as I opened them up I saw a problem that made me fill out a...
  3. For Sale
    Bennett Apiaries- New manufactured Hive Equipment -summer 17 Hobby quantities available for pickup only. Soon available for order on our website! If I do not immediately reply on Beesource, please contact me at [email protected] or text (530) 526-5504, I cant hear my phone when the...
  4. Equipment/Hardware
    Hi All I am new to bee keeping, and was just wandering, I have built a kind of upside down langstroth with the brood box on top of the supers and the queen excluder above the super and below the brood box. Is there any reason why this would not be a good design? Any suggestions will be much...
  5. Bee Forum
    I have a question, When I first started out with beek last year. I started out with 2- 8 Frame Medium hives. I guess they are more of the garden type hives. All my Frames in each box wether they be the 2 Medium Supers or the other 3 shallow supers have the 6 5/8" Frames in them, Should I...
  6. Bee Forum
    Hey y'all, a newer beekeeper here. I started with two hive this spring and they are doing great! I've been checking them pretty often and they seemed to be building out comb at the same pace this whole time. I noticed the other day that there were a bunch(maybe a hundred or so on the...
  7. Equipment/Hardware
    A buddy of mine is in commercial construction and has recommended Advantech sheathing versus pine boards and plywood. The longevity and strength of the material is awesome. He's seen boards exposed to the weather elements not warp, bend, or loose their strength after being outside for over 10...
  8. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hi all. I haven't had this opportunity yet, but feel like it's possible given these options. I'm interested to know what others' options and suggestion might be for how to handle this situation. I got 2 new packages this year, and 1 nuc. The packages were hived 3/31. about 3 weeks later, 4...
  9. Bee Forum
    I have watched a video on you you tube of 3 diffrent bee keepers that now dip there boxes in wax.They do not paint them,they bring the wax to around 300 degrees for 10 minutes that boils some moisture out of the wood and as it starts to cool off the wax is impregnated into the wood.They say that...
  10. Equipment/Hardware
    I was able to pick up some beautiful cypress for less money than what I've been paying for pine. It is smooth on one side and rough on the other. I was wondering which would be the best side to put the rough cut side on - the outside or inside (for hive bodies). I will be painting the hive...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    Hello everyone! I'm just getting started in beekeeping and was wondering what is the best wood for making hive boxes. I am a woodworker, and I can get white pine, yellow pine, and cypress at my local lumber yard, although the cypress is about twice the cost of the white pine. Are there any...
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