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  1. Beekeeping 101
    I am moving a strong, double-deep hive from close to a home to a more suited location in the same yard. There are three kids under 5 in the home, so my goal is to minimize the number of bees who don't successfully reorient, return to the home and engulf the home in a cloud of angry, confused...
  2. Welcome Forum
    Hello All, I'm a second year amateur beekeeper in New Jersey. I started last year with two hives but lost them both at the end of the fall. I started again in late spring of this year with 3 Nucs. One is expanding spectacularly, the other two are poking along. I have a second box on all hives...
  3. Bee Forum
    I am moving to a new house and yard soon, and I have three big hives (1 deep, 3 mediums). I need to move the hives, but without a truck, pallets, or nets, I am not sure the best way to move them. Should I move one box at a time and re-assemble them on location? Do it at dusk or dawn? Any...
  4. Bee Forum
    I have to move my 4 hives tonight to a new location as I just changed residences. I have a friend who's a former college offensive lineman helping me so we should be good on the manpower side of things. :applause: HOWEVER, I do not want to spill lots of nectar out of cells as I tip the hives a...
  5. Bee Forum
    I've successfully trapped a swarm using a deep nuc as a bait have about 12 feet up in a tree. They have been very busy for about a week and a half. I just covered the entrance this morning. Should I wait a day with it covered and leave them shut in? Or can I simply move the hive to their new...
  6. Bee Forum
    I have a spot where I am thinking of moving a hive onto a place where a lot of wildflowers are in bloom. How much does this stress the bees? And how long does it take the bees to get reoriented to their new location with new floral sources, at least in a different location? Like does the new...
  7. Bee Forum
    Is it OK to move a new hive for pollination? I have four hives this year all new from packages, but with a few frames of drawn comb, so the queens started laying right away. I am thinking of moving 1 of the four to my friend's house to help with apple tree pollination. Is that a bad idea as...
  8. Bee Forum
    I live in coastal NC and was wondering when he best time to relocate my 2 hives. I want to relocate them from the front yard to the back yard to allow more morning sun and evening shade. All relevant suggestions appreciated!
  9. Bee Forum
    A friend of one of my family members had a death in their family. The deceased was a beekeeper and has a few active hives/colonies that the family does not want. They have been offered to me and I'm of course excited about the chance to get a few established hives for free. Is this a really...
  10. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I had a tree trimmed that had a beehive in it. The bees are now laying outside the trunk of the tree (the hollow part was trimmed away) and I'm wondering if there's a way to entice them into a "box" to save them. Its cold today (in the low 40's) but in a day or two it will be back in the 70's...
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