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  1. Bee Forum
    Hi All, third year beekeeper here in the Hudson Valley of NY. Let me get this out of the way... I know that all beekeeping is local and that generalizations are very hard to make. So, now I'm going to ask for generalizations :) One of the toughest parts of beekeeping seems to be...
  2. Commercial Beekeeping
    We have had a very rainy season around Houston and we just lost several hives to flooding. Chinese Tallow is our typical target, and we've made some but not enough to carry us through the year. Are there any other nectar flows in June/July in the Southern states where I can haul bees to and get...
  3. Bee Forum
    So it has been rainy for a LOOONNNGGGG time here in the mid-Atlantic. Does this mean not a very good honey season? What are you seeing in terms of honey flow in the Mid-Atlantic states?
  4. Bee Forum
    I am looking at working with a farmer to plant 1-2 acres of buckwheat for honey production this year. I'll buy the seed (Mancan variety?), which is about $50-75 an acre(he said he likes to overseed a bit). He grows it and we can put hives on it. Later after we are done, his livestock can graze...
  5. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    I need some advice on a colony that I have struggling a bit; I'd appreciate answers from Warre beekeepers, as it it would be more applicable to my situation: Background: This particular hive (in a Warre, frameless) went into winter pretty strong with what seemed to be enough resources. However...
  6. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    Have any of you beekeepers that live along a mountain side noticed longer bloom dates? I guess what I'm getting at, do you think that the changes in elevation allow the bees to forage on a particular nectar source longer since presumably the nectar flow would start first at lower elevations?
  7. Bee Forum
    Watching bees return to the hive, especially in the morning before noon, I can see that they usually are carrying big pollen sacs with them, but those are few and come at random intervals (usually every 2-3 minutes). In the evening, when all the day's foragers are coming back for the night to...
  8. Bee Forum
    I noticed the Apricot treees were blooming a few days back, so I decided to take a peek in my hives. ALL HIVES were already honeybound and I had to add a super box and open the brood nest on them. Lucky none of them swarmed. Something is flowing, that's for sure. I suspect it is the Maple or...
  9. Bee Forum
    I'm sorry if I sound dumb by asking this, but has my hive just swarmed? If so is it normal for it to have happened during a nectar flow (9th day of summer today, the past week has been perfect. A little warm and quite dry, a bit overcast today). My wife had just finished telling her mother...
  10. Bee Forum
    Hi, I'm pretty new to this so please excuse the question. We are in late spring here in Australia and have been getting only mild weather (say 20 degrees celcius) for the past week or so. I was away for a few days but on my return yesterday, the bees were going off! There seemed to be a...
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