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  1. Splits/Combines
    Background: I have two colonies - one a package in a horizontal hive that is establishing itself quite nicely the other a feral hive that occupied a hive left empty last fall, overwintered and is THRIVING. The feral colony is in a langstrom setup single brood box, queen excluder and two honey...
  2. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I’ve been asked to remove a hot hive. The family has this hive under their deck and are tired of having bees particularly since this hive seems a bit aggressive. I will break the hive up into nucs, just to make them smaller colonies, find the queen and kill her. Now my question - can I just...
  3. Bee Forum
    Have a hive I think is queenless - but they keep giving me mixed signals. I got a queen to re-queen them. But they ignored her. OK, maybe they aren't queenless I thought. Today they are a lot on the landing milling around looking confused. Too late - this morning I put the new queen in her...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    Have 2 hives I would like to requeen. Have heard/read they often get superceded very shortly afterwards. 2 weeks, 2 months Wondering if true - how often does that happen % wise ?? Kinda hate to buy queens only to have them superceded.
  5. Bee Forum
    I had a hot hive and decided to replace the queen with one from a swarm I had caught in a Nuc size box. This is similar to what I did: Set up the frames from the Nuc in (the top of) full size boxes so that it is a similar size to the hot hive and place it beside the hot hive. Add frames of...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    Well.. I got my first sting today right behind my ear in the hair line. 30days as a newbie beek. I have noticed that as my 2 hive grows, the bees seem to be more testy and will bump into my head to move away. 1-2 will now often follow me a good 100ft before finally clearing out. Since I'm new...
  7. Bee Forum
    I pulled 8 deep frames from my Italian hive last Friday and capped and strained on Saturday. Was quite happy with myself yielding 2.5 gallons. I didn't take all the honey; they probably had 4 to 5 frames in the upper deep being worked on. To remove the bees from the frames I just brushed them...
  8. Bee Forum
    So this is my first year beekeeping. I had problems with obtaining my nuc as planned due to the nuc coming in late when I was not going to be in town. I therefore ended up with a full deep body hive from a couple who was going out of the business. I had no problems getting the hive established...
  9. Bee Forum
    I have 5 hives and 4 nucs in my Apiary. This one hive I am having problems with was my original hive that I started with 3 years ago. It was a nuc with a VSH Queen and from the get go it was pretty mean. I just didn't realize it at the time since I only started with one hive, I thought this...
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