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  1. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    New to beekeeping and already having a major issue I need some guidance on. On May 5th, I performed my first inspection on a newly installed hive. The queen had been released, comb was actively being drawn out, everything appeared to be decently in order. At the time, I did notice that they...
  2. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I installed a new package 3 weeks ago that I have been feeding since the install. I continued seeing pollen & honey stores but no eggs, larvae or capped brood. Have not been able to locate queen so I purchased a new queen & she is still caged. Yesterday I found larvae after 3 1/2 weeks along...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Good morning. I inspected my hive yesterday to find I have a different queen than what I installed. I installed my package bees four weeks ago. The week of install the temperature dropped drastically (in the 30's in Ohio) for 8-10 days. Upon first inspection, four days after install, I helped...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    Hi all. I'm looking for some opinions while I play the waiting game. I installed my two very first packages on May 3rd. The supplier recommended releasing the queens two days later. Since the weather was rainy and cold then, I waited one more day to release them, which put me at May 6th. When I...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    So, I just installed a new package of bees in a brood box with drawn comb...my hive last year swarmed so I have three brood boxes with drawn comb...Here's my question...I installed with one box in place last Sunday....today, I checked, queen is released and laying eggs....When should I add the...
  6. Bee Forum
    Hi, thanks for any help in advance! We just got our first bee package and it came 2 days late and 3/4 of the bees were dead, poor dears! But, the queen was alive along with 1/4 or so and we put them in the new Topbar hive. Then we found them next day on the ground, all surrounding the queen. We...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    First of all, thanks so much to the experienced beeks out there who read these posts and offer their wisdom and knowledge to help the fledging newbies among us. I really sincerely appreciate the help and advice. Okay, onto the question(s)... We have two brand new hives this year--one...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    Hi - I'm a first time beekeeper. I installed two locally purchased Italian packages about eight days ago. I put them in new eight frame Langstroth hives with medium supers. I'm trying to go foundationless. The bees looked good and the queens were alive and seemed fine but they were fairly...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    I just installed a new package 3 days ago. The queen is still in her cell awaiting release via the candy plug. The reducer is at the smallest opening. A lot of bees are entering & exiting & there seems to be a lot of activity. I noticed immediately about 5-6 pairings of bees that appeared to be...
  10. Bee Forum
    Picture of a nice Queen cell in 3 week old package Newly installed package has capped brood and brood in all stages. The queen has been out for 2 weeks. They have drawn 3 frames to go with the two I gave them. One big queen cell found in the middle of one of the donated frames with the end...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    I'm new to beekeeping and have checked the hive about 3-4 times now. I filled up the bottom box and added another on top minus 2 frames to allow room for sugar water. This last time I tried to check on things, the bees were quiet at first but really charged out in a big uproar as soon as I added...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    I am a newbee from North Carolina and I am getting two 3# packages in about 10 days. I will be installing them in a Kenyan top bar hive. I know I will have to feed them to help them start building comb and raising brood. I have read on this forum to give them 1:1 sugar syrup, but I have also...
  13. Bee Forum
    Hi Guys, I'm a second year beekeeper, and I got 4 packages on Saturday. Hived them with no problems. Went to release the queens today, 3 were fine, 4th queen died and bees probably went to other hives (only a handful left near the feeder). I have a replacement queen from the guy who I got...
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