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  1. 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...
  2. Equipment/Hardware
    Hello, I am a first year beek going into winter and I have been researching a kinds of winterizing methods and hive setups. One thing that I did not come across anyone suggesting, which an acquaintance suggested, was to place a slatted rack on top of the hive right above the inner cover. This...
  3. Bee Forum
    Hello All...I have done some cut outs this summer which each yielded quite a bit of crystallized honey. I saved the honeycomb putting it in the freezer thinking I would save it to feed my weaker hives this winter. I caught many swarms this year and some of the later summer catches could use a...
  4. Bee Forum
    Made some Lauri Bricks this morning. Mine are small & thin because I had to with my dehydrator. How can you tell when they have had enough "cooking" time - or How can you tell when they are done. ?? What to look for ?? They are firm on top - but I didn't try to press real hard. Just hoping I...
  5. Welcome Forum
    I bought a couple of spacers for winter feeding because sometimes my fondant patties come out too thick to fit beneath the inner cover. When should I install these spacers? Now before the hard cold comes or when I am ready to feed them in January? I live in Massachusetts where we are having an...
  6. Welcome Forum
    Hi and Hello all i know it is very late to be asking to be asking this question but i need help i am a newbe and i am stuck as to weather i should or should not feed my bees some say yes some say no i did wrap them so will that make them warmer and so make them eat more hence the feeding? Help I...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hi let me first tell you that i am new to beekeeping. as the fall is already there and winter is going to start. What i find in my hives is very less honey, no pollen and no eggs. Actually the autumn crop was destroyed due heavy rains and flood. I feed them sugar syrup these days and they are...
  8. Bee Forum
    Hello, I am new to the forum and hope to get some help to my questions regarding winter feeding, to which I am new as well... In both of my hives today the clusters were in the top super with now empty frames, so I fed them each a zip lock bag with honey and slits cut to give access to the...
  9. Bee Forum
    Just wondering for my light hives if I can put in honey frames that are not capped back into the hive and how? Do they need to go into hive a special way or just put them in? Can I feed my bees in the middle of the winter an how? Thanks for the help! Smile!
  10. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all, and a happy winter to everybody. This is my first winter with bees and so far they are still alive. I've managed to grow from 3 hives, through splits to 7 hives and they still seem to be doing well. I've been keeping some sugar water on the hives as 'backup' and sometimes they...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    Here is my idea for an inside winter feeding system. I saw those inside feeders with the floats on each side. I am building a hybrid version out of a Honey Super design. First my bees are wanting to expand and I have a need for an internal feeding system for winter. The problem with my...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    Hi All, This is my first year to have bees, so I have no resources from the past. I have two swarms, both lured this season. One was lured May 20 and the other one just about a month ago. All my hives are completely foundationless 8 frame meduims. Both hives have 8 frames filled in one...
  13. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    So this will be my first winter and I've been making my list of things to get ( winter projects) boxes, mouse guards ect... I was wondering what the best pollen substitute is for a treatment free beek? I'm not really sure what goes into them and I don't want to feed them a bunch of synthetic...
  14. Beekeeping 101
    Hello! This is my first season as a bee keeper. I intend to save honey to feed my colonies during winter. I figure the simplest method of doing this is storing the frames with honey in them and to not extract it. To those of you with experience I ask, is there any problem with this in relation...
  15. Bee Forum
    Went in to checkerboard my 2 hives this weekend and found them almost out of stores--less than 10 lbs each. They are both full of bees and the Italian hive has been cranking out brood and flying all winter. The "Sunkist, I think" hive hasn't flown as much and hasn't had many orientation...
  16. Bee Forum
    For "emergency" or insurance feeding I have always used baker's fondant but I know many use the "MountainCamp" / Johansson method. To avoid breaking the inner covers loose why not simply place bags of sugar directly over the opening in the inner covers. The bags could be prepared by setting...
  17. Bee Forum
    I was wanting to know if anyone has tried to use NO Melt Apple Dough as a Winter feed. I saw this a Meijer and pick one up. It says it only contains Rendered Beef Suet, Corn, Wheat , Artificial Apple Flavoring. I have not used it yet and I do not want to harm my bee's. This is my first year Bee...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    Hi there - new here! I spent some time searching through posts and didn't see anything that quite fit my problem, so I am going to post it here and hope that you can help me. I started a hive in April with some Italian honey bees. They grew quite quickly and filled out about 70% of the deep...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    I just inspected my hive thinking that I would put on mouse guard and get them all sealed up for the winter. I last inspected in early September and saw a medium and a deep full of honey on top of a deep that was brood and pollen. I was confused yesterday when I inspected because I found that...
  20. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I have been trying like a lot of people to figure out how to feed my bees in winter. I am going to make a plexiglass box with one side open about one and a half inch deep and 5 wide, 10 long. I have drilled a hole in one of my topbars and I am going to put my serup in a zip lock baggie with a...
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