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  1. Beekeeping 101
    I taped the seams of some of my hives a few weeks ago to keep robbing pressure down. It works. Didn’t think twice about it when I put my Bee Cozys on during a cold snap. Noticed yesterday my big hive had some condensation buildup. Removed the Bee Cozy and the tape and sure enough there is a...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    2nd year- 6a high desert. 8/15 swarm from my yard caught and put into 1/2 of a resource hive. Really fun btw. 1 1/2 pounds of bees. Been feeding ProSweet and pollen patties non stop and they look fantastic. Added upper and 4 more frames over so they are in a 4 X 4 setup presently. Have 4...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    So I am at least a few weeks later than usual getting one of my hives back down to 2 deeps for winter. The other hives with the porter style escapes left the supers within 1 day. This one hive will not leave the 2 supers, I have tried both the porter and triangle escapes and they will not leave...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    My first Palmer style double NUC (4 over 4) just lost one of it queens over the last week, the other queen seems to be very productive. What is the best course of action to prevent losing the nuc? The NUCs were stared in the middle of July. Each has 5 frames of bees, 4 frames of brood and 1...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Hi All, So I have four hives and one is queenless and low honey going into fall. I tried to requeen it but no luck. So now Im wondering what if i want to gather the little honey and dont want to amalgamate etc. is there any way or point in trying to get remaining bees who will 100% starve to...
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