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  1. Bees Comb Is Across Several Bars

    Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    First of all, please excuse my ignorance if I use wrong bee keeping terms. I really will try not to embarrass myself, although it will be hard. We received a small swarm of bees back on June 8th of this year. They had been in a nuc box for 2 weeks prior to us receiving them. The comb they had...
  2. Should I remove a branch from inside a top bar hive?

    Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi, Yesterday I finally captured a swarm for my first hive and in my excitement put a thin leafy 20" cherry branch inside the hive. The stragglers had swarmed on this branch and thought it would be the best way to make sure they all got in... It is a top bar hive set up to keep the bees in the...
  3. Aggressive Bees Attacking!

    Bee Forum
    Hello, I'm Tim. I couldn't think of a better place to have this answered. I have 20 acres and am building a fence. There is one section of the fence, near the trees, where I keep getting attacked. They'll chase me for over 100 feet and they're FAST! So fast. I know why, obviously. I try...
  4. Brand new - cold/wet start

    Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi everyone. My mom has kept bees for years (in Langstroths) and ordered an extra hive this year thinking she had the gear for it, but instead offered it to me. I knocked together a TBH following Les Crowder's plans, read the books, did the youtube bonanza, etc. I live in midcoast Maine, and...
  5. Transferring Brood?

    Bee Forum
    I have two hives that made it through last winter (1 with original queen, 1 queen died and was requeened three weeks ago). Original queen hive is absolutely booming with essentially an entire 10 frame deep of brood and tons of bees, requeened hive does have a few frames of brood but def not...
  6. swarm on cairn

    Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    How would you handle this situation? Bees on a cairn? My gut says it could have been done better than what we did. Run down of what happened: -My dad has kept bees in the past, didn't have any as of yesterday, but did have equipment. Heard a swarm, walked to the nextdoor neighbor's house and...
  7. Wedge Top Frames for Plastic Foundation?

    Beekeeping 101
    This will be my first years starting two brand new hives. A friend gave me a shopping list of equipment, which I ordered, not realizing he used starter strips for the wedge top frames he recommended. I plan to use Rite-Cell plastic foundation. I understand I'll probably get a different opionion...
  8. Junior Beekeeper- Massachusetts

    Welcome Forum
    Hello everyone, My name is Christopher, and I'm just 2 weeks away from starting my first bee hive. I live in Bristol County in the South Shore of Massachusetts. Not a ton of beekeeping action up in the north so I'm proud to be a beekeeper in a place that would benefit from having more! On top...
  9. Honey per Hive?

    Bee Forum
    I just started beekeeping, to the point where I don't actually have bees yet, and despite my looking I have seen many mixed reviews... So my question is in Washington State (it's in North-West U.S. if you were wondering) how much harvestable honey will my fresh bees produce, and in the next...
  10. Day by day blog: aka exterior inspections

    Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hello, all, thank you so much for hosting this forum. I really value everyone's contributions and wisdom! I am so glad this forum exists at all. I am going to post my day by day blog, see replies below. Consider this the newbie's guide to DIY, written from a newbie's point of view. Why...
  11. clump of bees on the right wall, three days out from intall

    Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hey, I am a complete newbie. I built a top bar hive from the plans posted by Michael Bush. I installed a package of bees on Saturday, three days ago. That went mostly okay. The bees seem to like the hive. However, there is a huge clump of them on the right wall, I assume around the queen...
  12. Kinks in wire on frames & How tight does it need to be?

    Bee Forum
    I'm assembling my first two hives and had some questions on wiring wood frames with wax foundation. The wire kinks easily when I am wiring the frames. I tried to pull it out straight and it just broke the wire. Will the kinks matter once it is embedded in the wax foundation? How tight...
  13. Hello from NC

    Welcome Forum
    New beekeeper from Gastonia, NC Actually, my ex and I had 2 hives for about 2 seasons 15 years ago and now I'm on my own, wanting to try this bee thing again. I'm a retired journalist, a current licensed massage therapist and looking at retiring this fall. So interesting to see that there are...
  14. Newbie here from AZ

    Welcome Forum
    I'm new to this convinced by the wild bees that kept coming into my house that space was needed, I bought a Langston hive to hopefully catch a swarm when the time comes. I got the hive Dec 23 and I've been feeding the empty hive 2:1 sugar syrup. So far bees in the house has dropped off to 3...
  15. Greeting from another Texas newbie!

    Welcome Forum
    I'm excited to have found this forum. I plan to prepare two hives this year, and may go ahead and get my bees soon. The winters are mild here. I have so many "newbie" questions, but will post them to the appropriate categories. Thanks and i hope to to interacting with all of you a lot as I...
  16. Greetings from the Chihuahuan Desert, and a n00b question

    Welcome Forum
    Total n00b here. We are located in the Chihuahuan Desert about 60 miles east of El Paso, TX. Found a swarm that decided to take residence in my pumphouse. It's not just a swarm becauase they are building comb. My wife and I have often toyed with the idea of keeping bees. So, we've decided to...
  17. New from WNY -All advice welcome!!!!!!!!!

    Welcome Forum
    Hi. My name is Heidi and I live near Buffalo & Rochester NY=WNY area. My brother & I started beekeeping this spring and we are thoroughly enjoying it. There are however, many obstacles I did not expect. One of our hives seems honeybound, another was queenless, beetles in one, mouse in...
  18. Small wild Hive getting smaller

    Bee Forum
    So the first week of August I discovered a small beehive on our property while mowing. We went out and got some equipment and ordered some. We checked on them today and they seem to be half as big as it was. We plan on capturing them this monday. So 1 - why the size reduction? And 2 - help...
  19. Tentatively Future 2017 beekeeper

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    I am from central Iowa (Poweshiek County) and am seriously considering starting with bees next spring. Anything can happen between now and then. For now I am really excited and reading everything I can find and watching every YouTube video about beekeeping. I wish I already had them as our...
  20. adding 2nd brood box and cross comb trouble

    Beekeeping 101
    Hive info: 2 months old, 8 frame, Italian, screened bottom, feeding whole time, brood box 100% full of brood, pollen, sugar-water honey, not much for pollen pants but we have lots of flowers and weeds So a week or so ago, I added the second brood box to my new hive. The foundationless frames...
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