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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    My first Palmer style double NUC (4 over 4) just lost one of it queens over the last week, the other queen seems to be very productive. What is the best course of action to prevent losing the nuc? The NUCs were stared in the middle of July. Each has 5 frames of bees, 4 frames of brood and 1...
  4. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I am new to beekeeping and the bees have been in the hive for one week today. The queen was released day three. Is it too soon to do an inspection and see how things are going? I have read different advice on this saying now is the time to check out the hive and others saying that it is too...
  5. Welcome Forum
    Hello all! I have been viewing these threads from the shadows for some time now (creepy, huh?) and have decided it is time to be more involved. I am a newbee rolling through my first spring on a single installed package. I now know that two would have been better, but my wife set it all up as a...
  6. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    INTRODUCTION: My intent for this thread is to chronicle the successes and failures of my apiary. I have written on here a few times and people expressed an interest in seeing how things pan out for me. This will be the thread that I will continually update as the years progress. Here's a quick...
  7. Welcome Forum
    I am a brand new beekeeper starting this spring. I have done tons of reading, joined a local bee club (have yet to attend a meeting, one is coming up), and taken Girl Next Door Honey's beekeeping class online! I am thrilled! I am starting beekeeping with my dad, who has kept bees in years past...
  8. Bee Forum
    We have a hive and we were pretty sure it was queenless for a while. When we checked on May 30th, there was only honey in the hive, and no sign of eggs/larva. There was some capped brood, and some drone brood, but it was very spotty. When we checked on June 10th, there was still no sign of...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Hi Everyone, I'm hoping you can help me suss out what happened to my bees... On April 27, I purchased 5 packages of bees and installed them in my top bar hives. All of the hives were built of the same wood, same outer paint, no glues or adhesives at all. They were each given 4 bars of empty...
  10. 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...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    Hi! I started beekeeping last spring. We made it through the winter! I was spring cleaning on Sunday and noticed the bees had built a huge mass of comb attached to the underside of the inner cover. They did this is in the 2" space I had for feeding. I didn't see it because I switched feeding...
  12. Welcome Forum
    New BK and learning from all
  13. Blogs, Podcasts, and Video Presentations
    Hey Everyone, I am a beekeeping instructor from San Diego, CA. I teach local classes and I just started doing an online class as well. I started a blog a few months ago and many people really liked my post:10 Mistakes New Beekeepers Make so, I thought I would share it here. I hope it helps...
  14. Bee Forum
    Just out of curiosity, I've made the observation that many beekeepers discuss not buying packages because of their decreased chances of survival (especially through their first winter), but then come swarm season I see nothing but love for swarms. Is it just because swarms are free? Is it...
  15. Welcome Forum
    I'm t'Kish Kape (Cherokee for "Buck Killer"). I'm an avid gardener, both veggie and shrubbery operating a licensed nursery in Eastern Oklahoma. As evidenced by the moniker hung on me by a revered Grand Uncle, I enjoy being outdoors hunting and fishing... oftentimes when I should be working in...
  16. Welcome Forum
    I'm t'Kish Kape (Cherokee for "Buck Killer"). I'm an avid gardener, both veggie and shrubbery operating a licensed nursery in Eastern Oklahoma. As evidenced by the moniker hung on me by a revered Grand Uncle, I enjoy being outdoors hunting and fishing... oftentimes when I should be working in...
  17. Welcome Forum
    Hello everyone! I am an Elementary PE teacher in Hernando County, Florida looking to soak up as much info as I can in order to start my first hive in the spring. I have found the website for the West Coast Florida Beekeeper's association but it does not list when they meet, only where. Is there...
  18. 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...
  19. Welcome Forum
    Hello Beesourcers! I feel like calling you Bee Sorcerers because this knowledge is truly incredible and seems so remote from everyday work life for most people. I'm grateful for this forum and all those of you sharing so generously. We moved to Chicago 4 years ago from beautiful upstate New...
  20. Bee Forum
    Dear Beesourcers, I am a month and a half into urban beekeeping and need help urgently. A hive with suspected European foulbrood had to be moved and then started being robbed. Now I'm stuck. First, the questions: 1) if you have screened an entrance to one bee width (crudely with aluminum window...
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