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  1. Welcome Forum
    My name's John, and I've gotten an interest in Apiaries as of late. Almost enough so that I'm interested in making a career out of it! Before I get over my head on such things, I figured it'd be wise to learn a thing or two from folks that have a deep foot in the field, so to speak. Don't have a...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    Hi, I have questions and would appreciate some advice as no amount of interwebs searching is giving me a straight answer. I've looked through this forum pretty extensively but if I've missed any posts dealing with these questions, I'd appreciate any links so you don't have to respond again. I...
  3. Welcome Forum
    Hi Everyone, I'm a new beekeeper and have 2 hives and a double nuc. Italilans in one and Carniolians in the other. I'm in Southern Maine and have don't have a mentor so thought this forum could help out when I'm perplexed. Going to join the State BK association this fall. Have a couple...
  4. Diseases and Pests
    Earlier in the week I found these on the bottom board of my hive.There were none in the hive and everything appeared to be normal. This was on one small comb. I found this on the bottom of my Top Bar hive yesterday and I am hoping to learn what is going on. Currently there is what appears...
  5. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I am a new beekeeper for approximately 5 weeks, and last evening when the hive was quiet I checked the bottom board of my TBH and found larvae. I have attached video. I inspected the inside a couple of days ago and everything seemed fine. I am not sure if my hive has SHB I plan to inspect the...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    Installed my first nuc on Saturday. Added a feeder jar on Monday. I have a deep an inner over on top and another deep on top of that tap. I placed a feeder jar with 1:1 syrup over the inner cover hole and covered the top box with the telescoping cover. Question 1: Yesterday evening I went...
  7. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I put photos of my hive check in an album on this site. I hope you can check them out:)
  8. 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...
  9. Welcome Forum
    I have recently made the decision to expand my garden to include a bee hive. I am a Penn State Master Gardener and love the bees that frequent my yard and want to take it to the next level. My husband (who can build anything) found plans on the internet and made me a top bar hive that has an...
  10. Bee Forum
    So, here's the situation. It is my 2nd year beekeeping. I was wanting to experiment with single deep brood chambers. So I went to the yard over the weekend and tried to use one of my double hives that didn't have anything in the bottom box. However, when I got there there was 2 frames of brood...
  11. Welcome Forum
    Newbee to the forums here, 1+ years with bees, ok they are my wife's bees but I'm working on my own hive :p My hive is the TBH on the right, my wife's hive is one the left. We have not talked about making a split just yet but it's not off the table. I'm getting into Top Bar hives due to...
  12. Welcome Forum
    New(ish) to bees, my wife has a hive and I'm setting up my own Top Bar hive. I started off taking pictures of my wife's bees, but not wanting to pester her bees all the time I figured I'd get my own hive and pester them :p In the process I have become very interested in bees and in my studies I...
  13. Beekeeping 101
    All seems settled doen now but my TBH had an interesting start... I installed a pacjkage to a hive and they promply left, only to show up the next day in an (unfinished) hive a few feet away on the next day. As the hive the hive they picked was unfinished and not near level,I moved them back...
  14. Bee Forum
    Hello, First year keeper here and my first package finally arrived! Sadly it has been raining and thunderstorming for the past week and decent cold front has come through keeping our high today at 49ish degrees. I was planning on trying to keep the package in my climate controlled garage...
  15. Beekeeping 101
    Today I received two packages of bees. One package had a queen, and the other queen was dead. I didn't know what to do so I just installed everything like the queen was in the cage. I have been trying to contact my supplier, but they will not return my call and I don't know what to do, I have...
  16. Welcome Forum
    I'm looking forward to making my many new friends at the end of this April 2016, and the many new friends I'll make on here of course. I am a first year beekeeper starting with two hives, and plan on sharing much about my journey. Eventually, in 3 years or so, mead making is my goal. Thanks...
  17. 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...
  18. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Greetings from Ann. I'm thinking about putting bees on our small sheep farm and am seriously thinking top bar hive. I know I'm going to get lots of opinions here but that's what I need at this point. What should I be looking for in a TBH? I'd like a window but have heard different things as...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    So, I'm a little embarrassed to admit my ignorance, especially since everyone on this forum seems so very knowledgable, but here we go.... I am very new to beekeeping, this is our first season. In the beginning we would inspect the hive about once a week in the early spring and all seemed...
  20. Bee Forum
    I'm a newbee and started 2 hives this year from 2 five-framed nucs. One of the hives grew very fast and then decided to swarm. I captured the swarm and put it in a nuc with some foundationless frames with starter strips. Unfortunately the queen did not stick around. The hive that she left...
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