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  1. Beekeeping 101
    New Beekeeper here! Our queen and all of her attendants were dead on arrival of our package bees. Here's the story: We are Floridians who just got our first package of bees from Mountain Sweet Honey Company (beginning to regret this choice). Hive was prepped: baseboard, deep brood box with...
  2. Bee Forum
    Hi bee friends, My daughter and I installed a package of bees into our first hive on Friday. Even though the attendants in the queen cage were dead (the Italian bees were shipped from Georgia, a 5 day trip), we opted for delayed release (cage between two frames at the top of the box). We live...
  3. Bee Forum
    I’m going to establish an 8 frame all medium hive in early May in central Tennessee. I’ll be using a 3 lb package and will be installing on new wood frames with new wax foundation. My question is, should I install the package into one 8 frame medium, let them get established and then soon add...
  4. For Sale
    5-Frame Nucs for Sale - 1,000 available - $135 ea + transport box. Pick up in either Southern California or Western Wisconsin. Also, singles on pallets (6-way or 4-way), $165 ea. Can organize transport. Email: [email protected]
  5. Welcome Forum
    Hi Everyone, I market my family's honey around Michigan at local farmer's markets. While not technically a bee keeper, I have 4 cousins who've been keeping bees since the 60's. I joined the family business to spread the good word and to gradually get us out of wholesale and into the retail...
  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. Beekeeping 101
    So I'm new to this. I just installed a package of Russians and I noticed a LOT of drones. I've only installed one other package of Italians and I don't remember seeing any drones, but I don't know if that was just because it was my first ever experience with bees. It was a bit cold (55...
  8. Bee Forum
    I was just hoping for some input on what would be the best scenario for installing some new packages with some really crappy weather. I just picked up 3 packages last night. By the time I got home it was 29 degrees so no install then. Today's high is going to be 38-39 and cloudy. Tomorrows is...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    I wonder if somebody can give me a couple tips on this, I'm sure it has been discussed somewhere before but can't find a thread that answers it. I recieved my first package of the year on Monday, which turned out to be the same day a late-season blizzard followed by a 3-day cold snap moved...
  10. 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...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    New bee here. When I do inspections I take a bunch of photos and study them later. I often find things that I was too overwhelmed/busy to see at the time. Like the cells in the lower left corner of this frame. Are they swarm cells? This hive was started April 8 from a package. All 8-frame...
  12. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    4 days after my Package install with a half comb built - in the morning they were there in the afternoon all were gone... Why? Why? I got them late and not much Nectar around? I fed them Pollen patties and Sugar water. The Hive may have been too Big? gave them about 10 bars room from the...
  13. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    There are a thousand bees clusterd around the Queen Cage. (not balling) Do I Bonk them off the bar into the Hive -- Do I brush them all off into the hive. What do I do? Its day 5 after my package install and its time to realease her. (if shes not released already.) I know there are debates...
  14. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Due to Rain in Texas My Bee package cant ship for another 2 weeks. (end of May) That means my bees will not be able to make enough Honey to get them through the very cold North East winters. ...Should I buy some real bee keeper Honey and feed it to them when they arrive...? or even in the...
  15. Beekeeping 101
    Hello from south central Indiana. I've read posts about this topic, but am looking for some experiences others have had trying this method. I have enough drawn comb to fill two deep hive bodies. I installed a package of bees and gave them three frames of honey/pollen to start them off. Since...
  16. Welcome Forum
    When I install my package - should I remove any Nurse Bees that are in the Queen cage wth the Queen? Before I hang the cage from my TBH.
  17. Beekeeping 101
    1) Long story but how long can I delay installing a package? 2) Would you install in the rain? Bees were shaken on Thursday and I get them Monday morning due to travel out of town.... Rain Monday thru Thursday.
  18. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I thought I would post my experience of installing a package. Top bar hive as per Michael Bush design. Top entrance. Received package - Arataki, NZ origin. Tube. 3 LBS of bees and a queen. Installed at dusk in about 12 degrees C. The bees had access to 9 bars which included 5 complete brood...
  19. Bee Forum
    Hello, Am seeing a fair amount of price variability for packages in the Iowa/Minnesota region here at the end of January. My question is this: Has anybody noticed price deflation and/or supply increase for packages as January has progressed? Inevitably there will be price/supply discovery as...
  20. Beekeeping 101
    Hi beeks I've just moved to the Denver area and was hoping to get some input on the local bee suppliers. I was looking for a package or two 3# or 4# I was really interested in some Russian/local genetics but I'm not too picky I've kept bees elsewhere but any Denver area specific information...
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