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  1. Beekeeping 101
    Good morning all, Installed 4 new package on the 9th. Three of four are in great shape, one is not. The queen is present, but there is no sign of eggs, larva, etc... Package was installed into drawn comb, fed 1:1 and given brood builder pattie. Queen appeared to be moving slower than normal...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    Hello everyone. I'm new on this forum. I need help determining whether my friend's hive is queenless. I checked it out today and found no brood, lots of bees, honey, nectar and some queen cells. I'm still relatively new at this, so I could use some help. I posted a video with the findings...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    This may be a little long (I apologize for that) but wanted to supply as many details as possible. 5/5/18: received 2 package bees (SC and FL colonies) SC is thriving but FL is struggling 6/12/18: located the FL queen but no brood was detected, productive, pollen and honey noted. Called bee...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    Hi, I am new to beekeeping. I was offered an established langstroth hive with 2 deeps this spring, so I took up the hobby. The hive has been strong and healthy ever since I got it, until now that is. They were able to draw out a full super and I even got a small harvest of fully cured honey...
  5. Bee Forum
    Help needed....No eggs or Brood? Virgin queen? Help....I am new to bee keeping (2nd year) I had 2 hived last year and they over wintered very well and I decided to split 1 hive that had 2 x full deeps of bees. I did the split/walk away method and 5 weeks later there is NO eggs/larvae/brood. I...
  6. Bee Forum
    Hi all and thanks in advance... I am mentoring a student beekeeper, but she has come across a problem that I need assistance solving. She has a hive that was started from a nuc this year, she waited too long to put a second brood box on, they got crowded and swarmed the 1st of June. I visited...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hi, first-year beekeeper here, in Marin County, CA. I have a single Langstroth hive that I started in late April with a package... it has 1 deep and 3 mediums on it now. Before leaving on vacation 2 weeks ago, the hive was going gangbusters-- honey being stored in top box, 2nd box down was...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    Today is one of those days as a first year beekeeper I ask "Now why did I decide to do this again?!". I would appreciate some feedback and advice on this situation. I have two hives I got from packages in April. Both seemed to be doing reasonably well all spring and summer building up their...
  9. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hello I have two hives with mated queens I just checked them to see how they are doing and as I did my inspection I noticed there is no brood on the frames but there is lots of honey. Its almost November here in riverside is this normal or should I be alarmed? This is my first winter beekeeping...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    My question is should i be worried about no brood now(dec 5) n This is the second winter for this hive. last month they had plenty of honey and brood and beetle. I got the beetles in line/ today;, i elimimated a supper as it was mostly empty. I have read that the queen will slow down...
  11. Diseases and Pests
    I'm on my second summer with bees. I am very green! This is a hive I was given as a started hive and they did supercede once last summer. The constant rain and bad weather has kept me from getting in there to work them like I should. Last time I got to inspect them was about a month and a...
  12. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    33 days ago I installed a 5-frame nuc with bees & brood and a live unmarked queen, however by the next day the queen had been released and has not been seen since. We had a miserably cold 2 weeks and no forage available. I started syrup, which they are still taking voraciously--and storing it...
  13. Bee Forum
    One of my nuc hive installed the first week of June has been doing great (I'm running 1 deep and 1 medium super as brood boxes, plus they've drawn comb and filled it in a honey super. By the end of July they had made supercedure cells and I left them to do their own supercedure. On 9 Aug I...
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