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  1. Bee Forum
    [Hey gang, I've leveraged this forum and it's wealth of discussion and knowledge over the years, but am only now joining with my own active question. For context, I've been looking after 16 hives over the past several years up in the mountains in northwestern Italy. Brining my love for bees...
  2. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi all, This is my first year bee-keeping. I started with a package of bees in a TBH the first bit of May. About a week ago during an inspection I saw several Queen cups that had no eggs in them. So I finished up and started research. I decided I'd better get a second hive and split them. So I...
  3. Bee Forum
    Hello everyone, This is my first year as a bee keeper. I have two hives one seems to be doing really well and the other is lagging behind. Both queens are laying but the weaker hive's queen has a very spoty brood pattern. The weak hive has around 4 queen cups in the hive. I was planning on...
  4. Bee Forum
    Hi, I have queen 3 cups on the end of a frame towards the back of the hive. They are between the drawn comb and the frame side. The swarm was hived 4 weeks ago and combined with a weak hive, keeping the swarm queen. They have not yet drawn out all of the frames fully and are nowhere near honey...
  5. Bee Forum
    I am a first year beekeeper. Am learning as I go and am reading all I can. My bees survived the winter so I managed to get them through somehow. But now I am facing another issue I can't figure out. May I get the help of the forum here? A month ago, I upgraded my small winter hive to a new...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I'm a first time beekeeper that recently acquired two packages of Italian bees. I put them in their hives almost two weeks ago and took a second look at them today. One of the hives I inspected seemed to be doing well. Even though I couldn't spot the queen, there was a lot of eggs, brood...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Hi - I'm a first time beekeeper. I installed two locally purchased Italian packages about eight days ago. I put them in new eight frame Langstroth hives with medium supers. I'm trying to go foundationless. The bees looked good and the queens were alive and seemed fine but they were fairly...
  8. Bee Forum
    I was planning to start grafting next year but then decided to give it a try this year. But I don't have those plastic queen cups or a grafting tool. Is it possible to make cups with wax? Also I have seen that you could graft with a tooth pick. What should I use for a grafting tool? I am not...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Day 18 from Package Install-2nd inspection-Queen Cup or Supersedure Cell? First year beekeeper. Looking for some feedback on my situation. Thanks. Scott May 12 was package pickup and install. Queen open released. Sticky mess with very cold weather next few nights, over half of package lost...
  10. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    Hey All - so my hive last year swarmed and failed to produce a viable replacement queen and I didn't notice until it was too late to fix it (and then the hive faltered and got robbed out by wasps)- newbee + "life happens" issues = not figuring things out fast enough. So I took the one built...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    I went out to inspect my hives today and my yellow hive had wild comb on the bottom of 2 frames. I scraped it off then noticed these nubs at the bottom. I still have not been able to locate the queen but there were various stages of larve throughout the frames so I know she's active. Are...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    I hived my first package just over 7 weeks ago and have 2 deeps with 7 of the 10 frames on the bottom being used and the top has 5-6 of the 8 having the bees work at. the last 2 frames of the top box have a frame feeder in them. the bottom box on the 8th frame has what appears to be queen cups...
  13. Bee Forum
    I am a first time beekeeper and have a dilema. I've had new bees in their super for about 3.5 weeks. I checked on them sunday, and there appear to be queen cups (from what I've read). There is one frame that has good brood pattern, but the other 2 frames with brood are scattered, and there are...
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