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  Topic: What to do with a dead hive.
Dcats

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:18 pm   Subject: What to do with a dead hive.
Thanks for the Info. I still have the one hive, they were out today collecting pollen like made. Not sure what's pollenating, guess trees. But I am making a couple of swarm traps and if this one swar ...
  Topic: What to do with a dead hive.
Dcats

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:06 pm   Subject: What to do with a dead hive.
Let me start with a bit of history before the question. Got two packages of bees last year. One of the two swarmed, it seemed to me, late in the summer. I was worried that it wouldn't make it through ...
  Topic: swarming
Dcats

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:16 pm   Subject: swarming
Clip Queen as had one of her wings cut back a bit to keep her from flying. They swarm but the queen cant follow so they return to her.
  Topic: Possible swarm in new hive.
Dcats

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:11 pm   Subject: Possible swarm in new hive.
Roof is make of 1/4 in. plywood, and I have a 1/2 in. sheet of Styrofoam board attacked to the inside roof. I noticed today that the Styrofoam board blocked the vent you would normally have at the end ...
  Topic: Possible swarm in new hive.
Dcats

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:30 pm   Subject: Possible swarm in new hive.
Ok update. I decided to go and try and drop them into a box just incase. When I got down to there, the beard was only about half the size. I got them into a box and opened up the hive. Top bars are fu ...
  Topic: Possible swarm in new hive.
Dcats

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:23 pm   Subject: Possible swarm in new hive.
Newbee here. Last week inspecting a 1 month old hive from a package of bees, I found 12 to 15 shb larva on my bottom board. I went into the hive and saw one small hive beetle. I put in a trap for them ...
  Topic: How many bars before I space out the honey comb
Dcats

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 3:58 pm   Subject: How many bars before I space out the honey comb
Thanks again, I think I get the picture. Going to do my first inspection tomorrow, will expand if they have comb on most of the bars.
  Topic: How many bars before I space out the honey comb
Dcats

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 31, 2014 11:51 pm   Subject: How many bars before I space out the honey comb
@ August;

My bees are not so eager to build new comb if I space between two honey combs but do build fast if I space between the last brood comb and first honey/pollen comb.

Its not a rule but ...
  Topic: Two questions.
Dcats

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 30, 2014 11:43 am   Subject: Two questions.
Thank you both. Will add the styro asap Smile
  Topic: Two questions.
Dcats

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 8:13 pm   Subject: Two questions.
I built 4 TBHs, got two packages of bee's 3 weeks ago, and they seem to be doing well up to this point. Plan on next year if all goes well to split them into the other hives, as population allows. Any ...
  Topic: How many bars before I space out the honey comb
Dcats

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 8:04 pm   Subject: Re: How many bars before I space out the honey comb
I have a hive that the brood area on are 36mm bars, towards the edge I have switched to 38mm as there is some drift. I am aware that honey comb can be built out much bigger and spacers can be added to ...
  Topic: Clover
Dcats

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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Thu May 22, 2014 1:16 am   Subject: Clover
Thank you J Smith. Will do just that.
  Topic: Clover
Dcats

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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Thu May 22, 2014 12:28 am   Subject: Clover
I'm pretty new at this, and have done a lot of reading to find out what is good plants for my bee's. I have about 4 acres of front yard with a lot of different wild flowers and Clover in it, when alou ...
 
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