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  1. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi, I am newbie. I built a top-bar hive and put bees in it a week ago. I made an inspection yesterday and saw that the bees have been busy and started building combs on multiple bars. I also saw that a comb has fallen to the floor. I have no idea what I should do about it. Any suggestion...
  2. Bee Forum
    Late last night or early this morning, something came and knocked two of my three new hives over. Each had a 5 frame overwintered nuc transferred in about a week and a half ago and seemed to be settling in quite nicely. This morning, frames were scattered across the yard and soaking wet (rained...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    I’m a new beekeeper, I got my first hive less than a month ago. I tried to stress them out as little as possible so I only checked on them once every week. I have a 10 frame box on right now with 9 frames in. When I first got the bees I squeezed the queens cage inbetween two of the middle...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I installed my first bee package yesterday into a 10-frame hive. The queen cage was held between 2 frames and fell to the bottom. I know I shouldn’t look after the first night but I had a hunch and was right. I pulled out a couple frames, picked it up and attached it with a staple so it won’t...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    So I installed a new package of bees on Thursday with 1 gallon of one to one in a frame feeder. The temp immediately dropped below 50 degrees on Friday and Saturday and will be below 50 Monday and Tuesday. My question is do you think that single gallon will last until Wed or should I open the...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    Going into winter I had a hive of two deeps with the nest contained in the lower one of the two. The upper had ~5 frames with old comb in it and the rest were empty frames. Yesterday when I checked the hive, the nest had expanded into the upper box, new comb had been drawn on much of the outer...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Ok - first post here so try not to pull out your stingers... New Hives; new foundation; new bees; new keeper; attending classes; looking for a mentor - I have two 10 frame deep hives that I have set up on 34 acres (alfalfa; soybeans; corn; wildflowers; etc all around for 15 mi radius)...
  8. Welcome Forum
    Hey everyone. In the process of moving from Virginia to PA. I started beekeeping about 3 years ago. But when I had my bees in the past when living in VA, I was 2.5 hours away from them. It did not work out. So I bought a house in PA with a couple acres. I will have bees in my backyard now. I...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    I received my first two bee packages yesterday and successfully put them in the two hives I had planned for them. Everything seemed to go great, then I noticed that many of the bees were going in and out of two other empty hives I had open for the next bees to arrive on the 27th. I checked...
  10. Equipment/Hardware
    I'm looking to become a beekeeper come next spring so I've started getting ready. I plan on it being a ten frame hive. Any comments or critiques are very welcome :). Here's what I'm going to buy: OHIO BEE BOX: Double Deep Hive Kit --135 (Should I get screened BB or solid? I live in North East)...
  11. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    A colony of bees that has been living in an abandoned compost box on the side of my house has swarmed today. They settled into a nearby tree on my property. I'm very excited as I have been wanting to get into beekeeping for a while and today I have my chance! I have a couple of hives that I set...
  12. Bee Forum
    First time bee-haver here. We've got Italians, started mid-May from a package (foundation-less) and we've been feeding since the start. The bees are now in two mediums, with only a single frame undrawn in the top box. Given the time of year, should we be adding the third medium and continue...
  13. Bee Forum
    Hello everyone, I'm new to beekeeping. I have 2 hives in my yard, one is doing very well, on the 5th frame of drawn comb (I used starter strips), larva at different stages, everything "looks normal" all since April 27th. The hive next to it has only 1/2 frame of comb, and nothing really...
  14. Bee Forum
    So today I did the first thorough check on my new hive (8-frame deep with plastic foundation) that I installed a three pound package into on 3/21/2015 and thought I would share some picture with you folks. The brood section was on both sides of one frame and one side of another. It looked like...
  15. Beekeeping 101
    Hi all, I am new to beekeeping and just installed my first three packages this past Saturday. On Sunday one of the hives had very little activity going on compared to the other two. They had been acting different than the other two packages to start out with. While I was there I opened the...
  16. 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...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    I'm a new bee keeper, so this may be a pretty elementary question, but I'm a bit puzzled. Today, I inspected my hive and it looked pretty healthy and has progressed from the last inspection. The previous inspection was a little over two weeks ago and at that time I observed lots of brood at...
  18. Welcome Forum
    Hi all, My wife and I just bought our first nuc and installed the four frames in our Langstroth hive (single super at the moment) yesterday. We are very excited to start keeping bees! I am really anxious to see how the girls do this first year - I am already feeling very attached :) Our...
  19. Bee Forum
    Hello everyone, This is my first year as a beekeeper and so far I love it. However, I am having trouble determining if my queen is present or not and was hoping someone could help me out. Ok, I hived my bees a little over 3 weeks ago. However, due to my inexperience and excitement when...
  20. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi all! I installed a package and queen into my first TBH 10 days ago. This is my first hive and am very much a begginer. I inspected the hive today and see they have built comb on bars 1-11. I found the Queen on Bar 2 but wasn't able to spot any brood. On Bar 1, I found only a few cells with...
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