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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. Bee Forum
    I have 4 nucs I started later than usual-first week of July. The queens are laying , everything looks good and I’ve been feeding them right along. Trouble is, they’re not storing anything much. My bigger hives are sucking up the syrup and packing it away but these nucs are just barely using the...
  4. Bee Forum
    Numbers: 5 Hives; 2 Nucs Two of my hives did not have enough capped honey for the winter when I reduced their size from a deep and two mediums to a deep and a single medium about 1 month ago. The top medium(s) did not get completely filled during the fall flow (frames had patches of honey)...
  5. Bee Forum
    Hello everyone, I am going into my third year of beekeeping and have really learned a ton. Like many others, I suffered heavy losses over last winter and lost 6 of my 8 hives. When I inspected both of the survivor hives, they were getting low on stores, but made it, the hives I lost still had...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I'm in upstate NY and we've been having January-like weather for the past month, with temps running on some days 10-15 degrees colder than normal. We've also had very short periods of normal, warm-for-early-winter days with occasional highs in the 40-57 range. Then followed by 7-10 days of...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Hello! This is my first year beekeeping. I live in Connecticut and need to prepare my hive for winter. The last two visits I have made to my hive, I have not seen any new eggs. Is this a sign that my queen had died or left ? Do I need to install a new queen, or do I assume she has stopped...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    I hope this hasn't been answered before and if it was I apologize. I have some bees that I acquired at the end of June which was one deep and one medium. My current hive configuration is one deep and 3 supers. I have a mixture of 10 foundationless frames and 20 foundation frames between the 3...
  9. Bee Forum
    In my last hive inspection the brood were scattered up and down 6 boxes of my 8-fr mediums, usually in pairs - the inner 2 frames of the 8 would be brood. I've been trying to lose 2 of those boxes to get it down to the equivalent of 4 mediums. I know capped honey should go on the outside. It's...
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