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  1. Bee Forum
    Late last night or early this morning, something came and knocked two of my three new hives over. Each had a 5 frame overwintered nuc transferred in about a week and a half ago and seemed to be settling in quite nicely. This morning, frames were scattered across the yard and soaking wet (rained...
  2. Bee Forum
    We are famous in the Pacific Northwest for our rainy winters. Last year I scraped mountains of dead, soggy bees out of my hives. So this year I'm trying quilting boxes for the first time. We'll see... Paul M http://oldmontgomerysfarm.com http://openwoodshop.com http://paddleandoar.com
  3. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    So there is a swarm on a tree branch about 2 feet off the ground in the town that I work in. I'm on shift right now so I can't captch it now and the only time will be able to catch it is in the morning, but it will be raining all night and into the morning. So will the bees be more agitated or...
  4. Bee Forum
    It is unusually warm this winter and with all the rain it gets to upper 50F-s and it was about 90-94% humidity - water is everywhere. The sticky board of both hives I have is wet all the time. Although it's above 50F after 10AM or so (usually when my bees are getting out for foraging and some of...
  5. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hello Bee community! I was hiking the property yesterday and an old oak tree had a limb fall exposing a large active hive. The timing couldnt have been worse as there is lots of rain on the horizon and it is beginning as we speak. Are there any suggestions for what I could do to help...
  6. Bee Forum
    Hello! I'm currently in FL and listening to Tropical Storm Colin outside. Today was rainy, yesterday was rainy, and it looks like all next week is going to be cloudy/rainy (maybe not a constant downpour, but at least daily scattered thunderstorms.) My hive is about two months old and is doing...
  7. Bee Forum
    So it has been rainy for a LOOONNNGGGG time here in the mid-Atlantic. Does this mean not a very good honey season? What are you seeing in terms of honey flow in the Mid-Atlantic states?
  8. Equipment/Hardware
    Looking at lots of hives trying to learn what I can. I am puzzled by roof angles. Most seem to have any rain running off the roof going right where the bees come and go. Yes, I do know they don't fly in the rain - but you still have dew and maybe mist or between showers times. Why not angle them...
  9. Bee Forum
    I watched my first hive throw a swarm yesterday around 2PM. They gathered at the very top of a tree directly in front of the hive, which was about 20' up. It was possible for me to get them down but my son was graduating high school yesterday so I had to leave them there and hope that the...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    We're new beeks and we installed our very first two packages (Carniolans from NZ) on Tuesday evening. The weather was good then but was a bit cold. The weather has not been nice bee weather at all. Yesterday was about 10C then down to 7C at night. Today is 10C and rain. Tomorrow looks good...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    Hello I have had 3 Italian colonies for 8 days now and am getting worried since it has been raining for a few days and my colonies may have too much ventilation. Unfortunately I felt compelled to build SBBs for each hive but somehow messed it up, and now there is a 3/4" gap on one side of the...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    I have a question about rain introducing queens to the hive. I got my bees on Saturday morning (April 11th) and hived them Saturday afternoon. The guy I got them from told us not to release the queens for at least three to four days (apparently the bees hadn't been with the queen for any more...
  13. Diseases and Pests
    I am a new beekeeper. Got through the drought and now I am dealing with the rain for the first time. I am seeing clover mites running around on the hive. Is this a concern? I know they sometimes will feed on mold and algae and there is some on the exterior of the hive. Will they get into the frames?
  14. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Good Day -- I had a removal from a fallen log scheduled for this morning. Usually I wouldn't do it as it is raining but wondered if anyone has done one in the rain. I was thinking of putting an easy up tent over my workspace and getting to work. Figure the bees will bee grumpy about it, but...
  15. Beekeeping 101
    We had a pretty bad storm last night while my family and I were away from home. When we returned, I saw that the outer cover from one of my hives had been blown off the hive and was laying in the yard. That hive has a screen inner cover. I ran over, picked it up and put it back on, noticing...
  16. Commercial Beekeeping
    :lookout: :lookout: :lookout: For all you out of state'rs who brought bees in to the almonds and went back home with your annual paycheck: Get some rubber boots on your feet and a syrup bucket in your hand. 2/11/09 The weather forcast (Northern California) for the next ten days looks...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    Hi I have two hives, I went to move them the other night and found probably 200 odd dead bees at the entrance, I checked both hives before I took them and both seemed to have many bees inside. We had a huge downpour about three days earlier (bigger than most) and when I opened the lid there was...
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