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  1. Bee Forum
    I don't know about the rest of you, but I like to use a queen catcher when I see the queen during an inspection so that I don't risk squishing her when I put frames back in the hive. I have been using queen catchers for over five years now. But twice this year I have made a rather rookie...
  2. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    We installed our first two packages this weekend and while building the equipment last week we had scouts from somewhere checking out our hives. So in the next few days I will have newly emptied queen cages from our two packages. I was thinking I could use them to entice a swarm. I have...
  3. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    More than one million kg of royal jelly are produced in China every year. A system has been developed at Zhejiang University to produce high yields of royal jelly from a new strain of honey bees. Their method involves eight steps: maintaining a high-yielding strain of honey bee, using specially...
  4. Welcome Forum
    Hello all, My name is Rob and I am an american expat living in Belgium for 5 years now. Just yesterday I got married to my french speaking belgian wife. Now of course I finally took the plunge and ordered 3 packages of bees late in the spring this year, and therefore had a 2 month delay in...
  5. Bee Forum
    Hi all, So this is my second attempt at beekeeping (last year was a lot of fun but my girls starved right next to honey stores) and I've just installed two rather disappointing nucs. I ordered two 5-frame nucs locally ($180cdn for each) and was fully expecting to have 5 fully drawn frames with...
  6. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    My queen was delivered via UPS today. Unfortunatly I'm not able to get to my hives until a couple of days. I keep my hives in Oklahoma and I live in Texas. Upon arrival I put some drops of water, which the bees drank up very quickly and a drop of honey on the cage. I put the cage in a Tubberware...
  7. Bee Forum
    I installed my hives and about an hour later, I noticed that one hive had bees all over it and the other one was vacant. I checked inside and the unpopular hive still had a living queen in her cage, with her marshmallow and about 4-6 attendants but that's it. In the other hive, the queen cage...
  8. Bee Forum
    Its been two days and I just realized I installed the queen cage with the side screens facing the foundation and the candy face down! I've read that the candy should face up OR down so I installed facing down thinking the bees would be more inclined to orient and chew upwards (hope the...
  9. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I will soon have an Italian or Buckfast queen, and as my population doubles or quadruples each spring, I wont have the room to house the ever-growing colony. So, I'd like to sell package bees to my community. I figured to go to a beekeepers association and announcing myself would advertise my...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    Can anybody tell me how to use this queen cage? What kind of candy to use (marshmellow?). Should I plug the hole with the little cap? What is the cap for? Where do I put it in the hive? Do I rubber band it in place? I called the company I bought it from, and the person I talked to didn't...
  11. Bee Forum
    Hey everyone, Today was my first time installing bees, and I feel like I made a lot of mistakes. I was hoping someone could just level with me about what to expect because of some of the errors I made. 1. When I was trying to pull the cork out of the queen cage, I actually ended up pushing it...
  12. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi all, I took a few months off of the forums because I was so frustrated with myself last year for my stupid noob mistakes! But I'm back and more than excited about starting off this year right. Unfortunately I didn't find these forums until I had already committed my first stupid...
  13. Bee Forum
    I have had an interesting experience installing my first package of bees about a week ago exactly. It was a lovely day when I put them in the hive and then over the course of the next few days it snowed in New Mexico and was windy so I didn't see much of them at all. I received my new package...
  14. Bee Forum
    When I installed my new queen yesterday I forgot to put a tiny hole in the candy plug. :doh: Will this make a big difference or is that something to be concerned about?
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