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  1. Bee Forum
    Dislike drowning bees- enter dinner plate/ sponges and warm water. Popular all day refilled twice. Bee spa.
  2. Bee Forum
    I'm sold. Will forever leave soaked sponges at the entrance and spray water on sugar bricks to get hives through the tough months. Every few days I take a carton of sugar and a spray bottle and add then spray as needed. Open fed pollen sub (glad it's not a door stop anymore) in Feb March and...
  3. Bee Forum
    6a cloudy snow on the ground and 40. Experimented with spritzing water droplets on the landing board or around top entrance. They went ape. The nozzle was quite close and they would dive on the droplet immediately. Kept it up for 20 minutes with no sign of slowing down. Tom Seeley said the...
  4. Bee Forum
    I posted before that I was making quilting boxes. I've just put them on and they are indeed working like I expected, but now I have a new concern and that is this: am I actually starving the hive of moisture that they might need in order to get water during the winter? I am just across the lake...
  5. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hi, I'm a newer beekeeper that just installed a new queen in a cage in one of my hives that lost their queen. After getting her in the mail, I wiped the outside of the screen with a damp towel to get her hydrated, then installed it. But now that it's very hot here in Florida (95+), should I...
  6. Bee Forum
    Hello, I am sure this is a question that was discussed and talked about so many times, but there is a case that is still I want to ask about: I have bowl of water with sticks and ramps set up in the yard about 10ft away from bees that they are using. I also put frisbees on top of the hives...
  7. Bee Forum
    It was warm here, so I took the sugar bricks away (recently I put them back) and put syrup on top, but the days got colder and bees stoped consuming syrup. Last few days and today, I noticed that bees are "drinking" water from melted snow paddles. The question is: If bees are "drinking" that...
  8. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Organic vs. conventional farming: Which has lower environmental impact? Iida Ruishalme | July 25, 2016 | Genetic Literacy Project 25552641-Sustainable-agriculture-business-for-save-the-earth-concept The Swedish Food Agency (Svenska Livsmedelsverket SLV) recently published a report on a...
  9. Bee Forum
    Hi - I'm a bee lover but not a bee keeper. I have a fairly new hydroponic garden in my yard. We are experiencing scorching temperatures, and a hive of bees has discovered my water source. They are accessing it mid afternoon to sundown every day, and I have to keep my pets inside. I also...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    Hello everyone. I had a quick question. I have a several acre pond and a creek equidistant from my bee hives. According to google maps measurements, they are 450' away, directly through the woods, and almost 800' away if they go through the open, which is more likely. The problem is that my...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    Hi all, I keep hearing beeks using lavender or chamomile or mint in their spray. 1) What's the formula for it? Do you simply soak the herb in water and use the scented water? 2) What do you use it for? To calm your bees and/or to remove the scent off something? Thanks.
  12. Beekeeping 101
    Hi everyone, I am setting up two hives in the south-shore of Long Island. My bees will have plenty of access to ocean and a bay of brackish water. I would prefer not to have to set up a watering system as mosquitoes can be a problem, but there are also plenty of swimming pools in the...
  13. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Neonicotinoid-Contaminated Puddles of Water Represent a Risk of Intoxication for Honey Bees In recent years, populations of honey bees and other pollinators have been reported to be in decline worldwide. A number of stressors have been identified as potential contributing factors, including the...
  14. Observation Hive Forum
    I'd like to build myself a simple compact warré observation hive that is 2 frames side by side. I would take 1 brood frame and one frame with stores from a full hive and place them in the observation hive when doing 1 day presentations. At most I expect to have the bees in there for a day. At...
  15. Bee Forum
    I suppose I could just wait a few months and learn for myself, but I thought I'd be better off tapping into this community for some "expert" advice. My first package of bees will be arriving in about three weeks. I have prepared a spot for the hive that is about 7 feet away from a canal that...
  16. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Keeping the hive on bricks sitting in a pan of water (treated). What do yall think of that? Major advantages or disadvantages?
  17. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I don't know what to do with my poor bees. The other day I came home to troubled family members who had escaped to the house because of bees swarming the swimming pool. :eek: I cooled off the hive by spraying nearby trees, misting water over the pool to make them think it was raining, putting...
  18. Bee Forum
    Just thought I would share what I observed yesterday. Im a first year beekeeper up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and its been a hoot. Bees are so interesting and fun. For the winter I placed 4 double deep hives together on a pallet, wrapped with r12 fiberglass insulation made into a plastic...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    I'm in Northern VA and we are experiencing I think the 14th consecutive day with temps above 95 degrees. In fact, today is supposed to top off around 105. So what can I do to help the girls keep the hive cool? I still have a hive top feeder on both hives - is it a good idea to fill them with...
  20. Beekeeping 101
    This is my first year, so forgive my off-season question. On our coast, freezes are few and far between. The biggest concern I have is the rain we get: we receive a considerable amount in winter. On our property, much of the area turns to "swamp"--several inches or so of water just about...
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