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3 biobee 29628 Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:05 pm
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No new posts Announcement: READ THIS FIRST
0 biobee 22000 Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:03 pm
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No new posts Splitting up hives, good time to do it and how.
4 charentejohn 4700 Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:28 am
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No new posts Estimate colony size
4 Cosmicwillow 4622 Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:20 pm
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No new posts Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
5 DurangoKid 5012 Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:35 pm
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No new posts Life after winter
1 Cosmicwillow 3515 Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:38 pm
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No new posts starting hygienic
0 sstork 4734 Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:32 pm
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No new posts comb replacement
5 freebee 4632 Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:06 pm
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No new posts Honey in frames; bees dead!
5 What Now? 4972 Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:04 pm
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No new posts Feeding small amount of sugar cake to wild hive
3 charentejohn 4244 Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:40 pm
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No new posts Fat Honey comb?
0 mischief 4157 Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:33 pm
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No new posts For my grand mother
8 4nd73j 7124 Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:07 am
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No new posts INTRODUCING WILD BEES
1 frankk 3290 Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:57 am
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No new posts Hurray!!! I finally have a bee hive with bees
4 mischief 4564 Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:30 am
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No new posts Feeding Fondant in a top bar hive
3 hsilgnede 4241 Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:09 am
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No new posts Winter ventilation - condensation
2 yellowbelly 4109 Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:09 pm
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No new posts Small hive beetle & honey storage
6 srdesantis 7062 Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:01 am
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No new posts Entrance size - how do you decide you've made it too small?
5 yellowbelly 6832 Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:43 pm
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No new posts Strange strange!
4 beeb 5377 Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:12 am
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No new posts My poor bees!
4 beeb 5020 Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:38 am
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No new posts Dead larvae found in floor slide.
2 yellowbelly 4233 Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:21 pm
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No new posts Worker size
8 Cosmicwillow 6758 Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:41 pm
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No new posts Transfering colony from layens to warre.
5 Jenny Mc 4831 Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:59 pm
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No new posts Moving hive short distance+merging two hives
0 charentejohn 3015 Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:17 pm
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No new posts Do they walk about all night + smoking to stop this ?
14 charentejohn 8862 Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:57 am
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No new posts Is there such a thing as a calm honeybee type
14 charentejohn 9468 Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:35 pm
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No new posts Frame Space
17 Bees Knees 10784 Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:49 pm
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No new posts Mason Bee
2 Jonjon85 3284 Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:42 pm
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No new posts Supersedure question
4 JD88 4570 Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:18 am
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No new posts Adding a second brood box
9 beeb 7568 Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:55 am
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No new posts Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
18 mefgbee 11181 Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:10 pm
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No new posts Honey and brood comb mixed
3 jsallington 3599 Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:36 pm
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No new posts Prime swarm preparing to swarm again?
7 pam waterworth 5268 Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:25 am
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No new posts They must be swarming soon ?
2 charentejohn 3127 Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:53 pm
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No new posts Are they doing this on purpose ?
21 charentejohn 11314 Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:08 pm
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No new posts Top Bar Hive ventilation
3 charentejohn 3739 Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:11 pm
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No new posts Moving a Top Bar Hive
2 gcherry 3217 Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:57 pm
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No new posts Queen but no brood
7 DurangoKid 5456 Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:44 pm
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No new posts In Kansas (zone 5/6) - too cold for top bar?
8 tsfairish 5986 Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:29 pm
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No new posts queen on hold
4 exmoorlover 3804 Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:35 pm
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No new posts Beeless and clueless - my package absconded.
2 xebusf 3378 Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:50 am
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No new posts new bars for the broodnest
0 freebee 3053 Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:00 am
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No new posts To requeen or not to requeen?
8 JD88 5280 Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:03 am
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No new posts Moving bees from bad location ?
13 charentejohn 8388 Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:49 pm
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No new posts Puzzled how to proceed
0 Janecart 2189 Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:09 pm
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No new posts Warre .. bottom box.
4 What Now? 3905 Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:44 pm
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No new posts Bumble bees
3 What Now? 4347 Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:52 pm
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No new posts Post swarm - no brood, but Queen cells
4 mal 4945 Sun May 29, 2016 12:34 pm
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No new posts My bees have swarmed.
1 Uwe in USA 2718 Sun May 29, 2016 7:43 am
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No new posts Using a nuc to fill a Warre hive
1 Jlipnitz 2520 Sat May 28, 2016 8:35 pm
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No new posts To move, or not to move.
3 jnickison1 3995 Tue May 24, 2016 10:15 am
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No new posts How long before swarming do scouts go out?
1 AndyC 2510 Tue May 24, 2016 8:29 am
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