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  1. For Sale
    Cypress Top Bar Hives $150 each OBO 3 and 4 foot lengths available All made from 100% rough sawn cypress - a great weather and bug resistant wood and the bees love living in it! Designed after plans from top bar hive guru and bee author Les Crowder - 120 degree angle on walls, 10 inch sides...
  2. Equipment/Hardware
    I'm just gonna put this right here. Hope it answers some of your insightful questions HONEYCOMB 3X FOLD-HIVE
  3. Bee Forum
    Greetings all, This will be my first year beekeeping. I will be starting my beekeeping journey with a Layens, Lazutin, or Long Langstroth Hive. Hoping to find others on this forum familiar with horizontal and extra deep horizontal hives, and ideally folks who are familiar with their use in a...
  4. Welcome Forum
    My name is Mark. I have 1 colony, I bought last summer and I'm thrilled to report that my bees are not dead yet! I hope to split the colony in spring and pursue treatment free, foundationless frames, narrow bee space strategies. I would like to meet other beeks in my area with similar notions...
  5. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hello Bee Keeps I have been feeding my naturally kept colonies for about a month and a half. I did switch last to heavier syrup and two colonies are still light. I am wondering if there are opinions as to feed more syrup or switch to candy boards at this late date. I am of course concerned the...
  6. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    . I was interviewed on the Robert Scott Bell Show recently regarding natural beekeeping. I edited together a slide show to go with the audio:
  7. Bee Forum
    Hi everyone Firstly, I didn't put this question in the treatment free section, as I want those who have moved away from it to put in their two cents as well. I would like to know, for those of you that are beekeeping in a cold climate (Zone 4 or less, here is a map if you are not sure of your...
  8. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hello Marcy from Maine here reporting in. I am so excited. Once again all my colonies made it through winter and this was CRAZY winter here in Maine. No winter losses and so I continue with my natural bee keeping approach. I did lose one hive due to queenlessness (likely not an actual word)...
  9. Equipment/Hardware
    I didn't want to post this in the TBH section, because it also suggests "Natural" beekeeping, and frames are a no-no. I haven't been around a hive yet, and am just trying to soak in information and ask my silly questions before starting one up next year. Please understand that I know very...
  10. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hello Finally we are coming out of our winter here in the Brunswick Maine coastal area. My bees seem to have survived. I have been regressing and headed toward Michael Bush's program of natural beekeeping. I did suffer one hive loss late last year due to mites and may have to FMGO the other...
  11. Photo/Video Gallery
    This log hive is being made from a Monterey Cypress that we had to cut down because of the danger of it to the house. Unbeknownst to me, it had a big rotten spot probably caused by someone pounding nails in the tree before we bought the place over 40 years ago. In any case, the tree will live...
  12. Beekeeping Meetings and Classes
    Hello, The park district in Carol Stream, IL is advertising a natural beekeeping class on its website (see below). I don't see it mentioned on this forum, so here are the details for anyone who might be interested. Thanks! ***************** Class Title: Beekeeping The Natural Way (Carol...
  13. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hello Maine Bee keeps etc. Ongoing Conversion Question: Any advice about moving bees up from bottom deeps to the upper mediums? I have been following Michael Bush's approach to go to lighter equipment so I took one of my colonies in the early spring that was a deep Langstroth configuration...
  14. Photo/Video Gallery
    I call myself a 'natural beekeeper,' but this was just plain luck. An August swarm appeared on our plum tree behind my Bee-atrice log hive. I knew it probably came from the log hive and sure enough, when I peered through the observation window, there were many fewer bees. I was totally bummed...
  15. Diseases and Pests
    What are your thoughts on using chemical treatment to prevent AFB with terramycin? I have two hives I started with packages of Italians. My cousin is helping me get started and he uses terramycin in early spring to treat the bees. I've been doing a lot research and reading and the more I...
  16. Bee Forum
    I have been fortunate and blessed to have stumbled on the chronicled experiences of some beekeepers in Jamaica here on beesource that has not only been educational and inspiring but they have also highlighted the many differences between beekeeping in Jamaica and other tropical third world...
  17. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hello I am in the process of regressing my colonies for foundation-less bee keeping.. All my bees seem very hardy and were splits from what appears to bee a strong locally adapted hive I have had for about 3 years. These original bees seem to be resistant, so I began to make splits in the...
  18. Welcome Forum
    Looking forward to jumping into a few interesting conversations. I have 10 colonies, mostly top bar hives, although I run a teaching apiary so we also have Langstroth hives and a Warre hive for demo, along with my hybrid top bar hive. This is my second year of beekeeping. Love my bees. NE SARE...
  19. Bee Forum
    Hello all - I'm unsure the correct forum to put this question on - but this seems like the best 'general' area. Anyway, it's June here and the June bugs (also known as june beetles) are out in full force. In previous years I'd just 'spray' all my plants to keep then 'at bay' as best I could...
  20. Beekeeping Meetings and Classes
    This Gold Star Honeybees' Weekend Intensive is being held February 23 and 24, 2013 in the Cafe on the campus of Berkshire Community College. The college is located at: Berkshire Community College 1350 West Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 We will gather at 8:30am each morning for a light breakfast...
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