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  1. Bee Forum
    Did a hive inspection last weekend to check up on the girls. They seem to be doing well! My question is I have 3 deeps on the hive right now 2 deep bodies for the brood area and 1 for honey (that's a story for a different time), brood has dwindled down to half of 3 frames on both bodies so about...
  2. Bee Forum
    Today is an unusually warm day and I decided to check on my hive. We've had some rollercoaster temperatures lately swinging from 10 up to high 60s and more on the wet side. About a week or so ago, I noticed a large number of dead bees at the entrance, but there was still a number of them...
  3. Bee Forum
    Hello! Yesterday I moved a swarm from the trap to the new hive. Since this was a late swarm it had a lot of bee but very little comb, brood and almost no honey. I also have a colony which isn't building much. They're not eating much either. It seem that this family simply doesn't have enough...
  4. Bee Forum
    This is my first year for bee keeping. I live in Alaska and am working on getting my hives ready for winter. I need some advice. We just get one harvest up here which happened last week. We had a great summer for the bees and now I need to feed them up for winter. I know it is best to...
  5. Equipment/Hardware
    I have been reading a lot about screened bottom boards, sampling boards, and how they are used at different times of the year, i.e. open in the summer and closed in the winter. Most of what I find talks about leaving the screen open for mite control and ventilation in the summer and closing...
  6. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    My top bar hive has three one-inch holes in the front (at the top). I was planning to plug two of them with corks when it got a bit colder, but today I noticed that the bees are propolising up two of this. They have preferred the one on the left all year, and the middle one is now 50% covered...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    First year beek stressing about overwintering bees. My latest worries are ventilation and feeding. Have two langs with screen bottom boards. I would like the option of adding a sugar brick later in the season. I think I'm supposed to turn the inner cover over to give a little more space at the...
  8. Bee Forum
    As of today American beekeepers’s losses during a wintering are about 20% and more of colonies, and beekeepers have to work hard to prepare colonies for overwintering. During fall and winter colonies raise brood and mites warroa. 200 years ago one famous Ukrainian scientist and beekeeper, whose...
  9. 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...
  10. Bee Forum
    I live in the Metro Vancouver area and have a large number of hives. I am considering trying to winter some of them on single brood boxes this year; I am planning to create splits with 6 frames of brood and new local queens, and we also have about 25 July nucs that are filling out to 10 frames...
  11. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I have plans to wither multiple nucleus hives in a single top bar hive, separated by follower boards to take advantage of collective heat production.... I figure I could get three or four nucleus colonies in a 4 foot top bar hive any experience with this or ideas I know it's only April 29th...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    Checking my hives for stores and as I pulled the entrance reducer from one I found a pile of dead mites behind it! As I inspected all the bees were up in the top box with all the stores. The bottom box was empty except for a dozen capped cells, some chewing out as I watched. I found the queen...
  13. Bee Forum
    So, here is the story! I kept a brand new 8 frame hive at a friends house this summer. excellent, fertile area with plenty of food and water for the girls. We pulled about 4 gallons of honey so they did very well for themselves. Because the queen had laid brood in one of the supers I left it...
  14. Beekeeping 101
    Having just come out of Winter here, I have checked a few hives over the last couple of weeks. Previous years I have had issues with condensation, mould and mildew when I only used the one entrance. Last year I tried top entrances on a couple of hives over winter and saw better results, but...
  15. Bee Forum
    I am fairly new to bee keeping, I have been led to believe that we want to build a strong colony with ample stores to survin=v the winter. it seems to be one of the main focuses of bee keeping. Now I read about people starting Nucs to winter bees in. Some have posted starting time frames...
  16. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all, Newbie here with a lot of questions. I've been doing a lot of reading and felt pretty good going into winter but I'm not seeing what I expected to see. Since it is my first winter, and having only 1 hive i want to be sure I help them out as much as possible. My setup right now...
  17. Bee Forum
    For those of you who have hard winters - like where you get long periods of temperatures well below freezing - what is a "strong" colony after winter? How many frames of bees usually come through in a full-size wintered colony? I'm sure it's less with nucs, but I'm just trying to get a sense...
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