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  1. Equipment/Hardware
    Hello! Does anyone know if FOAMULAR XPS boards from Owens Corning contain any insecticides? I looked at the data sheet, etc. and could not find a definite answer. I know that a lot of people use it in their hives and say that they have no problems with it, etc. but this does not answer the...
  2. Bee Forum
    6A- High desert Oregon- elevation 3182. Grand solar minimum, yes I know. How is everyone else dealing with the cold? April looked mostly normal but May has been consistently cold. Gardening has been stunted. Bees are alive but not really building. Just put a Bee Cozy and feed back on one...
  3. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    A while back, squarepeg suggested others should chronicle their experiences in treatment-free beekeeping. After seeing his recent post on winter preparation, I am reminded to post my own. I only have a few years’ experience with little success so far. I've made just about every mistake I...
  4. Bee Forum
    Hello, I am about to be 4 months beekeeper, started 2 hives from 2 nucs. As a 1st year, I decided to support my bees and not collect anything from them. I dribble oxalic said about 3 weeks ago and saw a little amount of mites dropping through the screened bottom board. It was about 3-5 during...
  5. Bee Forum
    I have 2 hives with screen bottom boards and 2 deep boxes (a brood box and a super as I consider them). I also put top feeder and will feed them heavily until hives are heavy enough (about 60lb each, or as one beekeeper said "you should not be able to tilt it up easy"). Now, for going to...
  6. Bee Forum
    The temp dropped from 70 to 52 in Brooklyn this week. I am a first year bee keeper, and I have been feeding syrup and just insulted the outside of the hive last week. My plan has been to leave the hive top feeder on over the winder and fill it with cedar chips or something similar and to put a...
  7. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Opinions on wether to add Insulation under the roof-wrap some around the hive-the bottom-and basically anywhere. Central PA USA. Dec Jan Feb average Temps 0 to -10 to 20F. Lasts for 8 weeks or more. BTB
  8. Bee Forum
    From left to right: shielded; bare natural-wood finish; Colony Quilt; Bee Cozy
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all, Newbie here with a lot of questions. I've been doing a lot of reading and felt pretty good going into winter but I'm not seeing what I expected to see. Since it is my first winter, and having only 1 hive i want to be sure I help them out as much as possible. My setup right now...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    I live in cold mtn. valley of colo. Have been trying to think of easiest and cheapest way to insulate hives to overwinter successfully. Have read about method used in canada in which they wrap hives in 1 inch ins. and plastic and then shovel snow around to completely cover and ins. them after...
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