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  1. Bee Forum
    What are the effects of feeding ascorbic acid (AA)? How do various concentrations and feeding methods compare? It would be nice to be able to add an amount of AA based on price/effectiveness.
  2. Northeast
    hives 10 frame foundationless mediums average frames of drawn comb per box: 9.3 boxes per hive: 3, 3, 2, 2, 2 weights (includes screened bottom board + inner cover): I weighed my most and least active hives. - most active (3 boxes): 45 lbs - least active (2 boxes): 50 lbs Weights for...
  3. Bee Forum
    I've got (2) hives, side by side that I started from nucs in April. Both fairly large now. One hive has at least one super of mostly capped honey. This being their first year, I have no intentions of robbing, but will monitor after the fall flow to see if they need to be fed. The other hive...
  4. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Just looking for a consensus here. I was instructed to spray refrigerated sugar water on all the bearding bees outside of my swarm trap to get them to go inside. Once inside I can cover the entrance with screen. Has anyone tried and proven this method?
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Hello. I made up some sugar water, perhaps a couple of month ago, but didn't write down whether it was 2:1 or 1:1 and it has been stored in the fridge this whole time. As it's been stored, in refrigeration, is it safe to feed the bees with now? It is purely sugar water and there wasn't any...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I've just been given my first hive. It is a queenless split (2 frames each of egg, brood, and nectar/pollen/honey and a good complement of nurse bees) from a friend. It was suggested that I feed them for a while at least until they get established. I'm feeding them with a feeder that is sitting...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    I have played with different ways to feed bees many times. What I have noticed is that weak colonies won't move far for food. Sometime a feeder can be a frame away and they will not touch it. I read a article where someone filled combs with sugar/water and placed them in there hives. So I tried...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    I captured a very small swarm (maybe 2 lbs) a few weeks ago. The first time i fed them i put a drop of peppermint oil in, they didn't seem to like it so i didn't do it this time. I put in about a quart on Sunday, i don't think they've touched it. The ants have probably gotten more of it than...
  9. Bee Forum
    I've got pollen EVERYWHERE at the moment from crapemyrtles, but from what I've heard it's not particularly nutritious or appealing to a hive. It was just started from a cut-out under a week ago and I need to make sure it has honey stores for the extreme summer, and before we know it, the fall...
  10. Bee Forum
    "Cane and beet sugars are suitable substitutes for the carbohydrates in the natural diet of adult bees. Bees also utilize the carbohydrates in certain fruit and plant juices." I've got some extra juice boxes, would they make for good feed? Anybody try something like this, what were your results?
  11. Beekeeping 101
    First, I noticed online that this is very, very cheap, and then I found out that it can be harmful. It can be harmful especially when it's hot out, and in Texas, we've already experienced over 100 degrees fahrenheit and it's not even July. I found sugar to be extremely expensive, so using sugar...
  12. Diseases and Pests
    I'm receiving a kit from Dadant soon and it includes an entrance feeder. I heard that often, these feeders can attract wasps. How do I prevent this without buying some special type of feeder?
  13. Bee Forum
    First, my apologies and disclaimers: 1.) I'm new at this; I picked up my first two nucs about three weeks ago. 2.) I know there is already a LOT of posts on here about ants, but none I found that answer my exact questions. (Maybe I just have stupid questions:) About a week after I out my hives...
  14. Bee Forum
    Hello, I am a newbie, so I am sure this has been asked before! I just got my first package of bees yesterday, and got them into my top bar hive quite successively! They seemed to be doing well, I placed a feeder with sugar water inside the hive, and last night it was almost all gone. Here is my...
  15. Beekeeping 101
    Hi guys, newbee here. I had a question about sugar water: I just got my first two nucs last weekend, and was advised to provide them with some sugar water (I'm using a boardman feeder). They don't appear to be eating it (if so, just a small amount), but they've been up for 5 days. I know...
  16. Bee Forum
    Hi All: I'm installing 2 new hives this year. Generally, bee keepers use a mixture of sugar and water to feed new bees. However, I have full frames of honey from my other hives that are excess to my needs. I am thinking of providing these this excess honey to the new bees. If I do this...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    Winter has yet to release it's icy grip on the Upper Midwest, at least here in Cheeseland we still have snow and plenty of it. Ready to begin my adventure in Beekeeping this spring, My bees are due for delivery in early April which can not come soon enough. My equipment is ready, my spots are...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    This is my first winter with my two hives. Here in Colorado we've had some pretty nice weather, days up to 60+ and nights down to 30. The last real sunny warm day both of my hives had a great amount of activity. Bees flying in and out in great numbers. My question is - Is there something I...
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