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  1. Beekeeping 101
    Opening the Sides of the Broodnest - OSBN Main points: Develops comb building before swarm season, which helps to reduce swarming. Due to extra comb for nectar storage and using up of nectar to make wax. Enlarges the size of the Broodnest when the bees would usually be reducing it by...
  2. Bee Forum
    I started my first two hives last spring and am coming out of winter with one surviving. I overwintered with two deep brood boxes and a medium super full of honey. I figured the medium might serve the colony well if it ran out of honey in the deeps. The surviving hive has honey in the upper...
  3. Bee Forum
    Good day! My plum tree is 24' away from my hive. It's blooming for 2 days now. I don't see any of my bees there. They're working as usually foraging, bringing in pollen and what not. But not a single bee on my plum! Some other insects, but no bees. Is this normal? Thanks.
  4. Bee Forum
    Good day, 3 out of my 3 hives have wintered alright they're working now. I've seen a lot of different instructions and videos regarding "spring inspection". People do all kinds of things including switching bottom and top bodies. all of my hives are Langstroth(1x10 framer and 2x8 framers)...
  5. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hi All TF Beekeeps, I have been TF for about 5 years and it was going pretty well till last years drought.. We experienced terrible dryness here last year beginning about mid July. My bees ate through their honey and I had to start supplementing with syrup. I figured out they were truly in...
  6. Bee Forum
    First winter, first hive. I started with a nuc in late Summer. I put the bees in a jumbo box (12" deep, 24" long). By late fall, the box was filled with drawn comb, though there didn't seem to be enough stores for the fairly large carniolan population. I didn't treat for Varroa. On one...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    I live in central California. It has been a very wet winter, however temperatures will be in the 70s this week. Did a quick hive check last week and this weekend- could not find any signs of the queen. Yesterday noticed lots of dry eggs on bottom board, and laying workers. No brood...
  8. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    I have 2 warre hives just got through their first cold colorado winter (front range) after having zero success with top bar hives the last two winters. Now everyone is flying around and very active on the 60 degree days we've been having lately. One of the hives is down to two boxes that were...
  9. Bee Forum
    I guess everyone is having unusually warm winter this year, and fortunately or not the temperature is jumping constantly from warm to cold. Today we are having 65 and in 2 days will be having 25 - crazy huh? As it is 65 now, the bees are flying all around and I don't know what kind of pollen...
  10. Bee Forum
    Hello, I am a relatively new beekeeper with 2 hives that I started in July from nuc-s. My current hives are identical (SBB, 2 deeps, feeding rim, quilt box, telescopic cover.) There are about 10lb of sugar bricks in feeding rim. I am not sure what did I do right and/or wrong till now, but...
  11. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    I was checking out how they over wintered and thought it would be a good opportunity to share what my apiary looks like:
  12. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hey guys i'm up in Ontario, noticed the bees bringing in two different types of pollen today. Seems like the queen has a lot of eggs and larvae on the go! When I inspected the hive a week ago I noticed a small cluster of eggs around about 40 capped worker cells on a couple bars, so they have...
  13. Bee Forum
    I have a hive with 1 deep and 1 super. No queen excluder. A month ago there was very little nectar storage in the super, and almost no drone brood present. When I checked the hive yesterday, there was about 3 fully capped frames of honey, and several other frames with honey/drone brood. The deep...
  14. Bee Forum
    I've heard 2 miles but I don't have that kind of range.
  15. Bee Forum
    The weather has finally warmed up here in East Tennessee after a week long sub zero stretch of temperatures. It's in the mid 40s today and is predicted to be up to 50 degrees on March 1st. I had my husband check the hives today since I am at work and he said that a few bees are flying and a...
  16. Blogs, Podcasts, and Video Presentations
    Well it's spring here in New Zealand :D, in this podcast we discuss what you need to be looking for in your hives at this time of the year. We also discuss Inspection Tips, a Horrible Whodunit and the five regrets dying people have. You can play the show by clicking the play button on below...
  17. Bee Forum
    Does anyone have an idea when the first pollen may arrive here in Ontario? Everyone knows the spring has been so slow in coming, but we have had a few decent days in a row and wondering when the first pollen may start arriving. Also, willow trees first? I am a new beek and over-wintered 3 of...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    "Open the Sides of the Broodnest" - Steps: 1. Several weeks before swarm season, move each outside frame up into a new box and alternate them with new frames, directly above the Broodnest. 2. Insert a new frame on each outside edge of the Broodnest. (So that a Brood frame is only on one side...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    Spring has started in North Cal, Bay Area and I'm thinking to split my two hives. I use all mediums and each hive has two mediums of brood. Both hives also have drones and I know of 3 feral hives close by who should have drones already as well. I'm thinking to simply split the mediums and...
  20. Welcome Forum
    Hi everyone I am Steve. I am a curious bee watcher and have noticed this year a large number of black honey bees collecting from my flowers down here in Spring Texas. Anything I should know? :)
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