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  1. Beekeeping 101
    Can bees from Tropical climates such as Puerto Rico adapt easily to other colder climates or are they more likely to die off than their European and other counterparts? Thank you!
  2. Splits/Combines
    Got a question for y'all. I've got a hot hive, real hot, but they are honey making machines! I was thinking of splitting the hive down into at least 4 nucs trying to settle them down a little and hopefully keep the honey making genetics. I would let two make their own queen and add a queen to...
  3. Bee Forum
    I put an outside feeder near my Hive. I noticed the Bees were fighting one another, they were biting the legs of other Bees and basically wrestling and fighting but not stinging each other to death. Just biting other Bees and their legs, some would gang up on one and beat it up and drag it to...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I'm new, have 1 hive that I started in May this year. 3 days ago I was observing my hive and noticed some sketchy looking bees lurking around the hive. An hour or so later I went back out to check and there was definitely robbing going on. Bees were wrestling and fighting. I have a standard...
  5. Bee Forum
    It's hot and dry here now. There are lots of weeds and prairie flowers that are blooming anyway. I was wondering if the nectar dries up quickly even if the flowers are blooming good? Also does the hot, dry weather affect the pollen? Thanks.
  6. Bee Forum
    Greetings all: It is the hottest week of the year in the mid-Atlantic and I'm concerned about my hive's internal temperature and do not want larvae to die. Would a filled top feeder lower hive temperature a degree or two. How about placing a few ice cubes or an ice pack in the top feeder? And...
  7. Bee Forum
    I was checking the chickens when I noticed more noise than usual from the hive. This is what I saw. It was a very hot and humid day up here in Maine and its still pretty sticky tonight. Are they getting ready to swarm or is this caused by the heat? I just added the second deep last week when I...
  8. Bee Forum
    So I'm taking the plunge head first into hot wax dipping! I've read many a post about the subject and I believe it's a sound proven process. I'm construction my tank right now and BOY has it gotten big! I didn't want to do a piece at a time and spend my whole weekend standing over a hot vat in...
  9. Bee Forum
    I'm reading comments online that Buckfast crossed with Italians get especially hot. Does that seem true still? Anyone with recent experience? Is it still a bee not recommended for beginners?