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  1. Wet honey

    Bee Forum
    What is it that causes the honey combs to be wet after a hive has gone queenless and the bees have shown up to rob it out. It seems the combs get wet.
  2. Does bees of different coloring indicate a robbing scenario?

    Beekeeping 101
    I am a new beekeeper this year and I took this picture of the hive this afternoon. I didn't notice anything out of the usual, but in looking at the photo (attached), I noticed that some of the bees landing on the platform have significantly darker abdomens. You can see it in the picture as...
  3. Aggressive robber bees never stop coming

    Bee Forum
    Help! A couple of years ago, our hives were attacked by some other hive from down the valley (we never could find out where, it's very mountainous and tree'd here). We tried all the tricks: bee doors and sheets (wet and dry), putting stuff in the doorway, closing the hive for a few days, etc...
  4. Robbing of queen castles

    The Queen & Bee Breeding
    New beek here. I had some success in grafting 10 queen cells. 5 emerged. Placed them in nucs. One got robbed. Virgin is gone. How do I prevent robbing? I started open feeding. I thought it might lend a sense of abundance to the yard and tame the raiding impulse. Good or bad idea? I...
  5. Using a Quiet Box (instead of a frame rest) and hives drapes - makes a difference

    Beekeeping 101
    4 hives- 2nd year beekeeping- One out of 4 hives is more protective during inspections so I built a Quiet Box to keep them calmer and to see if it made a difference. Watched YouTube videos by Billy Davis and built one out of a nuc box and scraps and painted the inside black. Did a full...
  6. Video of robbing, and my attempt to stop it.

    Bee Forum
    I made a video of what I believe is robbing at one of my hives. However I dont see any deads, little if any wax fragments at the opening, and rarely any fighting. Inside the hive, above the second hive body, everything is calm, and filled with bees. I am resisting the desire to open the hive...
  7. How to tell if hive is alive or being robbed

    Bee Forum
    This is our first year beekeeping. We believe we had a strong hive going into winter. Two deep boxes pretty well full. Several weeks ago we were suspecting that the hive may have died as we were not seeing any activity even on slightly warmer days. Didn't hear any noise from outside and...
  8. What is the queen doing out in weather like this?

    The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Ok, here is an unusual one I thought I would share and ask if anyone has any idea. After about 2 weeks of below freezing temps in Cincinnati, OH, it warmed up for one day to about 58 last week and the bees were flying. I took the opportunity to check on them and see how the hive weight was...
  9. Bee Psychology of Open Feeding

    Bee Forum
    I know there is much debate whether to open feed or not and I know lots of folks do it despite the debate. My question is not so much whether to open feed or not but more why is it believed the open feeding stimulates robbing? What is it about open feeding that spurs robbing? I am open feeding...
  10. Robbers, dancers, or sick bees?

    Diseases and Pests
    Took a video of some weird behavior thats been happening in front of one of my hives today and I'm flummoxed as to whats going on. Some background: This hive was split 4 wks ago. This was got the old (flying bees), most of the brood/food, and no queen. I added the robbing screens shortly...
  11. Robber screens

    Beekeeping 101
    I added some robber screens two nights ago because one of my hives is queenless, and I realized that I couldn't tell if they were being robbed, or just exuberant. Better safe than sorry I added. The articles I read mentioned that the bees may have some trouble figuring it out for the first...
  12. Absconding due to robbing?

    Bee Forum
    Hi Y'all, So a I tend to experiments as I learn to beek, and so I built a horizontal hive 3 standard deeps long and divided it into 6 5frame nucs with altenating front/back entrances and one big plywood cover. Filled it partly with 4 nucs of 5frames each with various states of queens from cell...
  13. Bearding, swarming, robbing or hive intruder?? (pic and video)

    Bee Forum
    Picture and video Went out to my hive this afternoon and a good amount of bees were bearding under the alighting board. I thought it was due to heat and ventilation so I removed a removable plex-glass sheet under my screened bottom board. Then I started wondering if yellow jackets had tried to...
  14. Why No Robbing of Nearby Nectar Frame?

    Bee Forum
    About 2 weeks ago I setup a swarm trap in the vicinity of my existing hive. In it I placed a dark comb frame with nectar. I figured the bees in the nearby hive would rob the nectar to take it back to their hive. However, I checked on the swarm trap today and I was surprised to see all that...
  15. Where to put Ob hive.

    Observation Hive Forum
    I have a small swarm I need to put in a nuc or something nuc sized, a big hive I can get a frame of brood from (going to have to feed feed feed, everyone's out of honey and its droughting) I bought a used brushy mountain observation hive, 4 frames down, top one for the queen, and with this cup...
  16. Lost Hive due to Robbing

    Bee Forum
    I'm in my third year of keeping bees in the Catskill mountains of NY. I had 4 hives (now 3) the one lost due to robbing. As a new-ish beekeeper, i just want to alert new beekeepers to robbing behavior that I noticed and tried to stop but failed and lost a hive. Last year, one of my hives...
  17. robbing, absconding? pics inside

    Beekeeping 101
    I keep logs of my weekly or bi-weekly checks on the hives. This specific hive is all mediums and had eggs and larva on 10/23. I noticed past 2 weeks its been getting hammered by wasps, even with a reducer and robbing screens it was getting hit but holding its own. I noticed the past week wasps...
  18. Oxalic Acid Dribbling (OAD) - Side Efects

    Diseases and Pests
    I am a new beekeeper and going into the fall/winter. I did oxalic acid dribbling in the morning yesterday about 10AM. I treat 2 hives about 50ml each. Recipe: 50ml water 1/4 cup sugar 3.5 gr oxalic acid 99.6% Then brought whole mix to 100ml by adding water. This morning I checked the sticky...
  19. Strange robbing?

    Bee Forum
    I am in NJ and new to bee keeping this year. I have a very puzzling situation. I have 2 strong hives and noticed what I thought was robbing a few days ago. This started with what I would consider the stronger of the 2 hives as it has 30-50% more bees. There were a few fights on the landing...
  20. Robbing Situation?

    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...
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