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  1. Splits/Combines
    2nd year beekeeper here with a few questions on some new experiences. My overwintered hive was very strong this spring and was showing signs of swarming so I made my first split. After seeing quite a few supersedure cells with two full brood boxes I checkered a new brood box with plenty of...
  2. Bee Forum
    Two of my four hives have brood/eggs on about half of the frames......so I think I should split. My understanding is: new splits need to be re-located or else bees will return to original hive. I can re-locate, but only temporarily due to city bylaws on bee hives (prohibited). So, I'd like to...
  3. Bee Forum
    I have a couple hives that are two deeps each. I was thinking of taking the top two deeps and moving them off their existing hive and keeping them closed up for a few days. Both deeps on each hive has eggs brood and honey. I figure what ever box doesn't have the queen in it after the move would...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I have several questions as I enter my first spring with full hives. I had 2 hives going into the winter and I fed them pretty continuously 2:1 to prevent starvation since it was their first winter and I didn't want to have a deadout from starvation. Hive #1 : 2 deeps and a medium had tons of...
  5. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    3rd year bee keeper and I lack experience. So it's almost September and one of my hives is prepping to swarm. I tried to prevent getting to this point. A good month ago queeny seemed honey bound so I put 2 empty bars in, spaced out near the middle and end of the broodnest, but they just didn't...
  6. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hello all. I have a strange situation, or perhaps just strange to me. Here's where I've gotten, and what's going on. I hope some more experienced beeks can assist with some suggestions on what to do. 3/31 - got 2 new packages the packages have been doing well, especially the 1 i'm discussing...
  7. Bee Forum
    Ok, so I moved out to my current property about a year and a half ago. The bees and boxes came with the property and I just began messing with them. There is one hive with 3 supers (none are in good condition). I have robbed the hive once which opened up space for the queen to start laying eggs...
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