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  1. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    Getting a 5-frame nuc this spring to use in a Warre hive. Idea is to do a transfer down into the Warre, rather than cutting the combs. So I am building a transfer box, with the plan of removing the transfer box as quickly as possible, maybe by mid summer and harvesting the honey. Question is...
  2. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    I am on Cape Cod and have two hives that each have four boxes. There is still a mix of brood and capped honey in the top two boxes. Any advice on reducing down to three?
  3. Welcome Forum
    Hi! I just started keeping bees this year on our family farm property in Polk County, Nebraska, USA. We have not seen honey bees for 15 or more years and missed them. I have 4 Warre hives. I selected Warre because I had been looking online for a free beekeeping book in PDF format. The first...
  4. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    So I put a package of bees in a Warre hive about a week ago. The box had angled bars and everything but, of course, my bees had other plans and they are pretty cross combed. They are not showing any bad signs. Good action in front of the hive and the building is going smoothly.(I have viewing...
  5. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    First year beekeeper with 2 Warre hives: one with top bars and one with modified frames. I hived 2 packages on 3/31. Went to remove the queen boxes on 4/5 and found a dead queen covered in a cluster of dead bees in the top bar warre. I initially blamed myself and assumed the queen got too...
  6. 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...
  7. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    Hello all, I am new to the forum and am getting back into beekeeping after taking a 4 year hiatus. I am going to use a foundationless 10 frame Lang design simply because it is what I have and what my nucs are coming in, but would like to try the approach of nadiring. My main concerns are that...
  8. Welcome Forum
    Hello all, My name is Marcel I am a Horticulture student in San Luis Obispo CA and I am getting back into beekeeping after taking a 4 year hiatus due to drought and a frustration with dead bees. This reboot I'm going to use a foundationless 10 frame Lang design simply because it is what I have...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Hello! I am looking to put in a couple hives in the spring and am new to the beekeeping world. I'm located in the Texas Panhandle. I need to ask a few questions and was hoping yall could help me out. #1. How prone are bees to swarming? I'm sure it depends on the species and environment. I'm...
  10. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    Hi-I've gone through the old threads to see if I could find the answer to my question but no luck. My first hive (Warre) was installed in March 2015 and did really well, got through the winter having used almost none of the candy I put in just in case. On May 15th this year they swarmed. I...
  11. Welcome Forum
    Hi everyone 200 oaks here. I've used this website for many years and have enjoyed the information I found on it. I have finally decided to register so I can play a little more proactive role in the forum. I have been beekeeping now for eight years and really enjoy doing anything beekeeping. I...
  12. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    I'm interested in starting a Warre hive and would like to hear from other Warre hive beekeepers in my area. Are you able to use minimal management with the Warre hives, or are feeding during the nectar dearth we have here and mite treatments necessary as with Langstroth hives? I'd like to be...
  13. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    I started beekeeping with a Warre in April this year, and I live in Denver. I have 2 boxes set up for the bees, and it took about 6+ weeks but they filled out the top box. They never grew into the bottom box. I've heard that bees sometimes do not grow into the bottom box with Warre hives, and...
  14. Bee Forum
    Hi everyone Firstly, I didn't put this question in the treatment free section, as I want those who have moved away from it to put in their two cents as well. I would like to know, for those of you that are beekeeping in a cold climate (Zone 4 or less, here is a map if you are not sure of your...
  15. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    I need some advice on a colony that I have struggling a bit; I'd appreciate answers from Warre beekeepers, as it it would be more applicable to my situation: Background: This particular hive (in a Warre, frameless) went into winter pretty strong with what seemed to be enough resources. However...
  16. Bee Forum
    My first year as a Warrè beekeeper, and I'm wondering why the bees filled the first two boxes with comb and honey in only a couple months, and despite another couple months the third box appears to be (based on observation window) mostly just empty comb. The first 2-3 boxes filled so fast I...
  17. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    Hello i am new to beekeeping and have a bit of a dilemma. Do i have enough bees for them to successfully over-winter. In mid June i received 2 five frame nucs, I successfully installed them using the 'Chop and crop' method into 2 warré hives. The season is slowly coming to an end (I live in...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    Hi all - I'm a new Warre beekeeper. I hived this swarm on May 24th, they immediately built out lots of comb, but after that, they've not built anymore, and while it's been almost 6 weeks, the number of bees doesn't seem to be increasing - it appears that the number since the swarm was hived is...
  19. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Well by the time I could open the TB hive for inspection(7000ft in Montana) all my bees were dead of starvation. I also noticed some black mold on the inside of the hive which leads me to believe it was too humid as well, but this didn't kill them. I have ordered an emergency replacement...
  20. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    I caught a small swarm for a friend yesterday--less than 2 pounds I thought to add it to my weak warre hive (it was so weak when i came out of winter I was surprized to find a colony in there). I have heard different of opinions on joining warre hives. Some people say you should locate one...
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