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  1. Bee Forum
    When you are experiencing a "flow" do you move uncapped boxes to the bottom and capped to the top? Or do you leave them as they are?
  2. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    Hi - I'm based in Westchester County just north of NYC. What types of trees and shrubs typically produce a honey flow in this region? It's the start of June here so am wondering what is to come. Locust trees? Basswood?
  3. Commercial Beekeeping
    We have had a very rainy season around Houston and we just lost several hives to flooding. Chinese Tallow is our typical target, and we've made some but not enough to carry us through the year. Are there any other nectar flows in June/July in the Southern states where I can haul bees to and get...
  4. Bee Forum
    So it has been rainy for a LOOONNNGGGG time here in the mid-Atlantic. Does this mean not a very good honey season? What are you seeing in terms of honey flow in the Mid-Atlantic states?
  5. Bee Forum
    I realize that the answer to my question is very specific to both location and the particular year but I will ask any way: I am located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area (Castro Valley to be precise) I have two hives that have done pretty well this year. Both hives have nearly...
  6. Bee Forum
    Hello, i'm a first year beekeeper and still trying to absorb this monster ammount of information called beekeeping. My location is Gresham, Oregon (Not far from Portland) I currently have 2 hives, both hives are supposed to be Italians. One of my hives is a package and the other is a starting...
  7. Bee Forum
    My first year as a Warrè beekeeper, and I'm wondering why the bees filled the first two boxes with comb and honey in only a couple months, and despite another couple months the third box appears to be (based on observation window) mostly just empty comb. The first 2-3 boxes filled so fast I...
  8. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    Have any of you beekeepers that live along a mountain side noticed longer bloom dates? I guess what I'm getting at, do you think that the changes in elevation allow the bees to forage on a particular nectar source longer since presumably the nectar flow would start first at lower elevations?
  9. Bee Forum
    That's my question. Does a queenless colony switch to honey-making mode in the absence of a queen and new brood? I have a 3-deep colony that became queenless about a month ago and I was only able to requeen it a couple days ago. During the three weeks in which it was queenless, the bees...
  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
    This is my first year wth bees, and have been very fortunate. I bought a complete hive from an chemical free beekeeper, and it is doing excellent. Already have 2 medium supers fully capped and a 3rd fully drawn out with honey in it. My questions is how long does the honey flow last? I am in...
  12. Bee Forum
    Hi everyone — I am sure that everyone else is looking forward to the honey flow as much as I am. This is my first year getting honey and I am unsure as to when I should harvest. I am aware that the honey flow will be over by June, but I am worried about extracting too early. If the nectar flow...
  13. Beekeeping 101
    I have a few hives in Santa Barbara, CA, near the beach. It never freezes here, but we have a dry Summer and Fall with variable honey flows in the winter and Spring. I have never fed my bees as I assumed the hive loss was from varroa mites. However, I am now wondering if the frequent swarms...
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