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  1. Bee Forum
    We are getting some crazy temps in the 70s for a while and next week is still in Mid-60s. I want to go and work my hives and do come combines with hives that are too small alone to make it through winter. I might have 1 or 2 that is missing a queen and so need to check on that as well. Is it a...
  2. Bee Forum
    Zone 7 I checked on my hives yesterday to top off the feeders with 2 to 1 syrup. I was glad to find lots of stores that they put on since I have been feeding them. However, I was dismayed to see how little( if any) brood or eggs were present. This week looks to be the first frost we will get...
  3. Northeast
    Hi all I brought a single deep colony into my heated workshop (55-60 F) about a month ago after seeing broodminder temperatures that were too low. I knew that they would never make it to spring. I was taking a chance but these girls were doomed anyway because the cluster was not big enough...
  4. Upper Midwest
    Been trying to find a pattern to hives making it through winter and slowly a pattern is starting to emerge. This is for me and my small hobby apiary in WI. I'm not saying it's what works or doesn't work for you. 10 things that I'm hoping will help me in the future: This should be #1 of the...
  5. Bee Forum
    This is my first year as a beekeeper and its been a bit of a mixed bag. I wasn't able to harvest any honey this year, not sure if the Georgia weather had something to do with that, and the bees didnt fill all the frames . The queens laying pattern hasn't been great, very patchy and quite weak...
  6. Bee Forum
    Last year when I started beekeeping I came to the conclusion my bees were on the small side of the bee size spectrum. I grew an affinity for their petite size when I read things such as smaller bees may have a better chance against varroa or smaller bees are more successful at foraging in windy...
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