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Can't find queen 
Hi, I started with a 3 lb box of bees, install went good, three days later queen is out of her cage. But I couldn't find her. I was looking for about 15 …

hive death 
This was my first year with bees and at mid July - the hive was jumping with two deeps full of bees and i added a shallow which was partially drawn out. …

OK to share honey among hives? 
I have two hives-one is stronger than the other. There were two frames of honey stored in a third super above the strong hive. Since it is close to winter, …

summer starvation 
not so good. went to check the hive and the goal was to check the bottom deep. both sets of deeps look very depleted in terms of honey with little to …

Can the bee hive get too hot? 
At the start of summer I saw the bees milling about on the front of the hive. Now they are more then one layer deep hanging out on the entire front of …

I'm confused about my bees behavior... 
On all three of my bee hives, I find that the bees are sitting on the entrance boards. They are new hives (queen and three pounds of bees). One hive is …

Supplementing Weak Hive With Brood From Stronger Hive 
I have been told to take full base frames from a strong hive and place into weaker hive to give it a boost of eggs and larvae. The strong hive is 100% …

What do you think about this location? 
I was finally able to get a photo of where I'd like to set up my apiary. What do you think (see pic)? As you can see, I don’t really have to worry about …

Beehive Distance From People 
Hi again! I need some more expert advice if you don't mind. Some of my family members are a bit cautious about the distance between the beehive and themselves. …

How do Bees Store Sugar Syrup? 
When bees store sugar syrup in the Fall for winter is that capped or does it just appear as white in the cells? ----- Good question. When …

Where to buy beeswax 
On the doctor show they said beeswax is good to use on darkened elbows. Where do I buy this kind of wax? Thank you for any info. --- Hi Barbara, …

Bees in trees 
I live in a woods where there are many den trees. We used to have many wood ducks nesting in these dens but now most are full of bees. I don't want to …

Where to find bee pollen Not rated yet
I would like find a local supplier of bee pollen. My wife has allergies and would like to try the bee pollen Thanks --- Hi, If you have a …

Catching bees Not rated yet
Hi, I bought a house from a beekeeper and every year bees swarm from a tree with a hole in it. What is the best way to catch these bees? Is it feasible …

Response to Answer on Winter HIve Loss Not rated yet
Thank you for the quick response on winter hive loss in Reno. Your thought was that they starved because of lack of honey storage. I opened the hive …

Winter Hive Loss - Reno, Nevada Not rated yet
I'm pretty much a new-bee. I captured a swarm last May. They did well all summer. They had most of the 10 frames built up before fall so I added a deep …

Insurance for beekeepers Not rated yet
Do you know how or where to obtain insurance for beekeepers? We have an insured looking to obtain general liability insurance most carriers declined to …

Burrowing Bees Not rated yet
This morning I went out to drink coffee on my front porch, and noticed a lot of bees swarming in the front yard close to the ground, and after further …

hive splits Not rated yet
Hello..I am 3rd year beek--so now I need to start advancing some of my techniques beyond prayer and trying to keep the bees alive thru winter...soooo I …

Wintertime Hive Activity Not rated yet
I have two bee hives. The temperature was in the fifties. The one hive had hundreds flying around. The other have had only three or four bees. Do you think …

Pet dogs and bees Not rated yet
I am ready to buy a nuc - I'm a beginning bee person. I have a quarter acre for my backyard but I have 3 dogs If I start out with two hives, do I need …

Jellied Honey? Not rated yet
I have several frames of honey in which a large part of the frame is filled with what looks and behaves like honey jelly! It is clear, not crystallized …

Do bee hives reduce the number of bees among your flowering plants Not rated yet
A neighbor installed a bee hive close to our back yard. In the past, we have had many bees among our flowering plants. Why have the number of bees declined? …

More hive assembly problems Not rated yet
Hi, Thanks for helping me with my problem. I forgot to ask, when I put the hives together they are fairly square but when I put them on top of each …

Hive assembly problems Not rated yet
Hi, I am assembling Langstroth pre-cut bee hives and supers from the WALTER T. KELLEY CO. I put the hives together and they are fairly square. But …

Hive Died Not rated yet
My bees were alive in late March, dead in mid-May. I took the hive apart, cleaned it, found the queen (also dead). I reassembled everything, left all …

Bee Colors Not rated yet
Hi, I was watching about 20+ bees on a plant on the back garden and discovered that several were one color and some were other colors. Are they all from …

Crooked comb...sigh.... Not rated yet
Hi, First I am really grateful for your site. Second, it has been crazy weather in Missouri - but today it was sunny AND not raining and I got the …

When to add a brood chamber and when to harvest honey Not rated yet
I installed package bees on April 7, 2011. They have filled six frames with honey and are working on frames seven and eight. When should I add another …

Medications For Bees Not rated yet
I am installing 2 hives today I just received from you. My question is what types of medications will I need throughout the year, if any? --- Hi, …

Finding a Flower Patch & Communicating Location Not rated yet
How do the scouts communicate the distance & direction from the hive where they have a found a good food source, so more foragers can go and collect food. …

Home owner - distance required between hives and house  Not rated yet
I ONLY HAVE A SMALL LOT. I HAVE HEARD THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE HIVES A CERTAIN DISTANCE FROM DWELLING HOUSES. IS THIS CORRECT? THANKS. …

Honey lover went honey hunting but found no honey Not rated yet
I found a bee hive in an old building in the wall. I took out part of the wall to get to the honey, but the bottom of the comb was empty. No eggs, no larvae, …

Question About Honey Bee Hive That Swarmed Not rated yet
I think my bees swarmed 1 week ago yesterday last Friday. I boxed them in another hive, and today I was checking the old hive and there are no eggs in …

OK to use equipment from a dead hive?  Not rated yet
Help! I had a weak colony given to me last year, inspected them yesterday and found them dead and gone... I am not planning on giving up... I will order …

Can two packages of bees be combined? Not rated yet
Can two packages of bees be combined to get a head start on honey production? If so, how would it best be done? --- Hi Janet, Interesting question! …

Will I be able to harvest honey off of a hive started from a package Not rated yet
Will I be able to harvest honey off of a new hive started from a package this year? --- Hi Janet, The answer is maybe - but I wouldn't get my …

Springtime and Extra Honey Not rated yet
Do I need to remove leftover winter honey in my hives? --- Hi Mary, If you're referring to honey that your bees stored in combs last season, and …

Microwave Oven & Melting Beeswax? Not rated yet
Hi! I have about 10 frames worth of honeycomb. I want to melt it, but I don't have a solar wax melter. How do you feel about a microwave oven? Would I …

Bees Nesting in the Ground Not rated yet
I have small holes all over my lawn, each hole is home to a small type of bee. What are they, and is it safe for children to play on my lawn. --- …

How to Tell Which Hive Has Swarmed Not rated yet
Me and my friend have a bee hive each but they are like 10-15 meters away from each other but now one of the bee hive family has grow bigger and they done …

Feeding Bees in a Top Bar Hive Not rated yet
How do you feed bees in a top bar hive? I'm about to embark on a new journey here and cannot find this little bit of info. Thanks! --- Hi, Glad …

Queen Excluder Question Not rated yet
Hello. If your hive has a queen excluder and an upper entrance and your hive supersedes can the new queen get out? ---- If you have a queen excluder …

Can I call it an Apiary when I have only one hive? Not rated yet
Good day, I am new at beekeeping, and I am planning to sell my honey, according to the label requirements I need a name and address. Must the address …

Melting Beeswax Not rated yet
I have some beeswax from when I had bees years ago. I am now interested in cleaning and using this for making a lotion. I read somewhere to use only …

Beehive Rooftop Not rated yet
Hello, I am new to beekeeping. I live in a suburb with a backyard with little privacy. I have a large rooftop with some great privacy, and I was wondering …

How Safe is Raw Honey? Not rated yet
I have been checking into raw honey, and I have found some sources that say it is not safe to eat due to some form of toxin in it. Is this true? I have …

Question On Medications Not rated yet
Haven't had bee hives for at least six years now and much has changed regarding meds. We have pkg. bees from BeeWeaver coming in April. Should we use …

"Raw" Honey Consistency Not rated yet
Is all "raw" honey milky looking? If not, can you tell if it is "raw" by looking at it? ---- No Rich, not all raw honey has that appearance. …

Bears and Bees Not rated yet
Hi, great info. I want to start raising bees this spring, and live in Northern Wisconsin with black bears visiting my yard all summer long. I am concerned …


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