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  1. Beekeeping 101
    Hi, How do you guys manage bees during inspection so as not to kill any or alot? I find it really hard not to kill any especially upon putting the frame back in when the frame has leaked some honey or when for some reason the slot I pulled the frame out from gets filled with many bees. In...
  2. Bee Forum
    I have two langstroth hives located in southern New Hampshire. On Easter day this year, I installed two packages of carniolan bees, one in each hive. The brood boxes were full size, 10 frames per box. I made the mistake of adding full deep brood boxes too soon. The top boxes drew out quickly...
  3. Commercial Beekeeping
    Hi guys, I've been reading here for a while now and have been specifically trying to research a potential software solution for managing a commercial beekeeping operation with ~7,000 hives. We would like to be able to manage both operations / workflow and genetics / monitor performance. An...
  4. Splits/Combines
    Hey all, I decided to split my only hive today. It has been raining the past week or so and I noticed way too much traffic for my liking. I opened it and basically did and even split of all the frames. As I was going through the frames I noticed a lot of capped drone (3-4 frames out of 20)...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all! Forgive me if this is obvious, but do yall know if I can put my hive like this? --> Cover Inner cover (no upper entrance) Brood box (10 frames of honey,pollen,brood) Queen excluder Super Bottom board The reason I am asking is the bees keep PACKING IN the pollen and honey in the...
  6. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    As explained earlier this week, this past Monday I captured a swarm from one of my hives. The swarm is currently at home in a 2-story nuc. My new hive was delivered this morning, so I can move the swarm from the nuc into a one-box medium hive this weekend, if that's a good idea. I don't want to...
  7. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    New beekeeper here. Installed two nucs on May 26. Everything has gone well throughout the summer. I was assured not to worry about swarming this year. Obviously, that was the wrong advice. Yesterday, one of my two hives swarmed. I saw it, swarm landed on cypress tree about 10 feet away. I...
  8. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Help!! I have been reading and studying in preparation for this spring and thought I was completely prepared. Actually having bees is completely different than reading about them! Anyway, let me recap. We installed our bees on April 20th. Top bar hive, 3 top 3/4" entrance holes, closed...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all. I installed 2 new packages sunday, a week ago. both hives are doing well but on 1 of the hives i believe i'm having some 'robbing' or feral bee activity. I've got the same feeder in the picture on both hives and both hives have been 'eating' all of the sugar water in about 2 days...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all. I'm starting my 2 new hives next week and have been trying to find some information about the 'normal' flow rates in SC - but specifically the Blythewood area. I've noticed, before starting my apiary (can you call 2 hives a apiary?) that we generally start getting our cars covered...
  11. Bee Forum
    For overwintering, does anyone have a maximum number of boxes you like getting down to before winter sets in? I know here weight is used and the round about figure is 60 lbs. This past Monday I was at a Beek meeting and I overheard an old timer stating now is the time to start removing supers...
  12. Bee Forum
    Here's a question for all of you. In REALITY....is it at all possible to maintain the size of a colony to two deeps only without creating splits or permitting them to swarm or adding more equipment? Is this even theoretically possible? Can a beekeeper control the size of a colony? On second...
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