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  1. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I am new to beekeeping and constructed my first horizontal Langstroth hive. I am in the process of making design modifications before I build my second hive this week. I have been researching ventilation and moisture control, a lot, and feel like I am going in circles. Any help on the questions...
  2. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    In summary, I am considering a screened bottom with plastic bottom trays (standard Freeman Beetle trays). The tray frame will have two slots that will allow about one inch of ventilation on the entire length on one side of the hive. I am in north central Oklahoma so additional ventilation in...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    I combined two hives this afternoon. One of the hives is weaker, it has no queen and had 10-15 queen cells (I removed these). The Strong hive is on the bottom with a marked queen that I observed before closing it up. There is newspaper between the two hives with perforations. The bees should...
  4. Bee Forum
    I'm a backyard beekeeping on the island of Newfoundland where we just got hit with some heavy snow. Most of my hives were completely buried. They look like this: I've cleared the top entrances and I can hear them breathing and buzzing, so they're okay for now. But I have three other hives...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    After reading extensively and watching countless video's my first two hives have died. You can try and do everything right *varroa control throughout with none going into fall *queens bred for winter *fall feeding in September*winter protection which included a moisture board right over the...
  6. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    A while back, squarepeg suggested others should chronicle their experiences in treatment-free beekeeping. After seeing his recent post on winter preparation, I am reminded to post my own. I only have a few years’ experience with little success so far. I've made just about every mistake I...
  7. Equipment/Hardware
    Hi all! I'm new to beekeeping and don't have a lot to offer in the way of experience, but based on natural honey bee habits, wouldn't it make sense to keep a reducer on the hive? Bees naturally look for a cavity with a small entrance. This allows for better defense and the employment of fewer...
  8. Bee Forum
    I have noticed that some beekeepers put holes in brood boxes for ventilation, some don't. Some screen them on the outside of the box, some on the inside. Holes seem to range from 1 in diameter to 1/2 in. Any thoughts on the rationale behind any of these alternatives? Thanks!
  9. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi Everyone - I'm new to beekeeping and the forum; thanks for all the great info in here. I installed my bees at sunset day before yesterday. They've been bearding all around the entrance right from the start. Checked at 9:00 last night, 60 degrees out, still there. There is a feeder...
  10. Equipment/Hardware
    I have been reading a lot about screened bottom boards, sampling boards, and how they are used at different times of the year, i.e. open in the summer and closed in the winter. Most of what I find talks about leaving the screen open for mite control and ventilation in the summer and closing...
  11. Bee Forum
    The temp dropped from 70 to 52 in Brooklyn this week. I am a first year bee keeper, and I have been feeding syrup and just insulted the outside of the hive last week. My plan has been to leave the hive top feeder on over the winder and fill it with cedar chips or something similar and to put a...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    I'm new, have 1 hive that I started in May this year. 3 days ago I was observing my hive and noticed some sketchy looking bees lurking around the hive. An hour or so later I went back out to check and there was definitely robbing going on. Bees were wrestling and fighting. I have a standard...
  13. Beekeeping 101
    Hello I have had 3 Italian colonies for 8 days now and am getting worried since it has been raining for a few days and my colonies may have too much ventilation. Unfortunately I felt compelled to build SBBs for each hive but somehow messed it up, and now there is a 3/4" gap on one side of the...
  14. Bee Forum
    I built a couple nucs using the plan on the "build yourself" section of beesource. See pic below. My question is for anyone overwintering Nucs. I've seen a couple videos and listened to a lecture by both the Fat Bee Man and Larry Connor on this topic. My question is about ventilation. What are...
  15. Beekeeping 101
    Having just come out of Winter here, I have checked a few hives over the last couple of weeks. Previous years I have had issues with condensation, mould and mildew when I only used the one entrance. Last year I tried top entrances on a couple of hives over winter and saw better results, but...
  16. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all, I'm building my first hive for locally-sourced bees that will be available in April. The weather here is usually great, and I see (wild?) bees in my yard almost every day of the year. I understand that in the years with a winter I will need to close the bottom of the hive and limit...
  17. Equipment/Hardware
    Ok, I'm not a big message board guy... So much so that I can't even remember my old user name or the email I used with it... So this is my "first" post. I live in Geoegia and the SHB is a pain for me. I've tried all the traps and they all work but have drawbacks. I bought a few of the Freeman...
  18. Bee Forum
    I'm not sure if I over did it with the upper entrances?! The bottom entrance is wide open- I have 2 deeps that are filled solid with bees, a queen excluder and the 3 medium supers. The top box is full of capped honey, 2nd is 1/2 full and the bottom one they are drawing out comb. I flipped the...
  19. Bee Forum
    I noticed some of my bees coming out onto the entrance of the hive and arching their "backs," with their abdomens bent slightly downward, and their wings flapping frantically. Is this the early stage of bearding? What exactly they doing doing? Mind that it is about 93 in Texas July...
  20. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I have mold on the back wall of my TBHs, and on some of the yet unused bars. I live in Southern California, and it's usually very dry during the day but we're having foggy nights and mornings right now (our June Gloom.) I made the TBHs from old toy chests I bought and the lids do not fit...
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