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  1. Diseases and Pests
    Hello all. New beekeeper here and have questions about robbing. The past few days we've been concerned about robbing. Have seen multiple bees wrestling outside the hive with a moderate amount of activity at the entrance. Bees that were wrestling appeared hairless. After reading countless blogs...
  2. Bee Forum
    Hello, guys. My name is Sarah. I'm new here and just had my first big Bee Disaster. I have two hives from packages, both about a month old. One of my hives, which was already pretty weak (only 2 frames filled out) got robbed. I threw a wet sheet over it, built some robber screens real quick...
  3. Bee Forum
    I came home today to see a lot of activity in front of the hive. I wonder if my hive was getting robbed out because of the "agitated" behavior. I took video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clj9rT5nOqU and after I reduced the entrance here is what they look like...
  4. Bee Forum
    Hello, I am a first year beekeeper and am seeking advice. Last week, my hive appeared to doing well, based on my very little knowledge and experience. Yesterday, I opened up the hive and the number of bees were way way down. I'm guessing I went from several thousand bees to maybe 100-200 at...
  5. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hi All, After several success with the Larry Connor method I tried the Cloake Board method for the first time. I had 21 out of 24 nice queen cells grafted for a 87% success rate. All looked well at day 6 but when I opened the hive on day ten I found all 21 queen cells destroyed. I am...
  6. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I don't know what to do. I have a top bar hive into which I introduced a cut-out 5 days ago. They have a few bars of brood however not much honey. I went with a group to capture 2 hives and ended up with some nice chunks of comb filled with honey. I attached these to my bars and put them in my...
  7. Bee Forum
    So I went to my hive today to make sure the queen got out safely (turns out the attendants had died so she was blocked in), and I noticed some really gruesome behavior on the back of the hive. I pulled the outer cover off, and I saw at least 100 dead or dying bees on the inner cover, next to the...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    I think the robbing is going to come to an end. Our flow is all ragweed, but I saw a bee come back to the hive this morning, her legs doubled in size by yellow pollen. I'm still feeding on an open feeder in the yard, but reducing the amounts. During the attacks, a fair number of bee bodies...
  9. Video Gallery
    Had I not seen this with mine own eyes, I would not have believed it. I have always heard you should be on the look out for robbing, especially when one hive is considerably weaker than the others, but I never encountered this behavior in my apiary... until now. In the video above you can...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    This is a remake of my "Robbers Beware" video. Turn up your speakers and enjoy this video of a bumblebee getting some "street justice" for attempting to rob his fellow bee. For those of you who have never witnessed a bumblebee trying to invade a honeybee hive to rob it, this will give you an...
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