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  1. Bee Forum
    hi everybody, i work with langstroth beehive, last year i decide to not use queen excluder and therfore work as Unlimited Broodnest Management so after that colony grows in 3 boxes, the bees have moved all the brood nest from the first box to the second one,and the first box has become like a...
  2. Bee Forum
    Hello everybody, i had a question. I have 3 deep boxes of Russian bees so far. I was wondering if i should add a queen excluder before my next box then add my supers on top of that. And also, if i have a queen excluder do i need to maintain hive capacity for the other 3 boxes underneath by...
  3. Bee Forum
    Hello everybody, i had a question. I have 3 deep boxes of Russian bees so far. I was wondering if i should add a queen excluder before my next box then add my supers on top of that. And also, if i have a queen excluder do i need to maintain hive capacity for the other 3 boxes underneath by...
  4. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I grafted for the first time. I caged the queen (on empty comb) on "day zero", and released her the next day. I grafted 4 days after day zero. I was using Michael Bush's site which says that an egg takes 3.5 days to turn into a larva. While troubleshooting (so I can do better on my next batch)...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Hello everyone! I have a bit of a conundrum that needs solving. So, some context, this is my second hive ever. The first did not survive the winter because of record wetness and my own inexperience. I started with a home made top bar hive, and it did not go well. Fast forward to today, I have...
  6. Bee Forum
    I forgot to put on a queen excluder and came back after about 9-10 days and was pissed. Not only did the queen lay all over the place in the 3 supers, but the bees ate a TON of the honey they had stored in the supers. Yes, we are in a dearth now. Did they eat more honey than normal to give the...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hi all - Shamefully, it's been a while since I've been on until I noticed last week that my hive had no activity on one of our warmer days. My husband and I took the top off and heard no buzzing and saw no bees...moving anyway. My set-up is a shallow brood, with a deep on top (I was...
  8. Bee Forum
    This is my first year of hobby beekeeping so please bare with me-----Temps here in Bismarck, ND are now down to the mid-30's at night and upper 40's during the day. The hive looks very healthy, with a very full 10" super and an empty super above that (I robbed one super and replaced it late in...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    I'm a new beekeeper. I have two hives of Italians that i just started last weekend. I can't believe all the work they've done already! I'm wondering if once they build up the brood should I had another box for more brood or put in my queen excluder and start making honey? I don't need to...
  10. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hello fellow Mainers and others Last season was my first season utilizing Michael Bush's approach of natural beekeeping. I was terrified I would loose all my bees. Just the oposite ocurred as for the first time in 8 years I had suffered no winter losses. YIPPPEEE I have been splitting a colony...
  11. Bee Forum
    I see varying opinions & use of queen excluders between brood chambers & honey supers during flow - I understand the rationale for both sides. I have had hives crowd & swarm with supers in place that seemingly could not recognize the comb above because of the excluder. And have had supers full...
  12. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I have had a very smarmy colony ( with clipped queen). To stop them going I placed a queen excluder beneath the brood box (10 days ago). They have not made any new queen cells; however, the queen has not gone back into lay at all! When should I remove the queen excluder? Any advice appreciated.
  13. Bee Forum
    I have two questions – one about finding the queen, and another related to the use of a queen excluder. For reference, I use all mediums – two of my hives are “second year” – the other three new packages. Finding the Queen Can’t do it. In general, doesn’t bother me because as long as I see...
  14. Welcome Forum
    Hello, beekeeping friends: My name is Alison and I am new to beekeeping. I have two hives of Russian honeybees. I live in Richmond, VT, which is about 12 miles away from Burlington. So far I love beekeeping -- it is so fascinating and rewarding. I am looking forward to becoming part of this...
  15. Bee Forum
    I always hear that a Queen Excluder equals a Honey Excluder. Could someone who believes/knows this to be true give a little more color on the subject? Wouldn't the honey "excluded" from the super end up in the hive body? In other words, do you believe that the total amount of honey in the hive...
  16. Beekeeping 101
    What is the consensus on whether to use queen excluders or not? I would like to hear your opinions on this matter.
  17. Everything Honey
    I have a comb super kit that I would like to put on my hives, but I do not have any magor flows as of now. Here is my idea. My hive is a 2 story deep. I condense my bees into the first story, put my queen excluder on top of the first story, then put my comb super on top. This way I will only...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    I'm a new beek this year in Vermont. I have just added a super with new foundation to my strong hive. I sprayed sugar water on the new frames of foundation to help draw the bees into the super, hoping they would start to draw out the foundation sooner. It's been a week now and they have...
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