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Should I cut a big hole in my soid bottom board?

Putting together a hive for spring. Priming, painting. I bought a solid bottom board from Mann Lake. Should I cut a big hole in the bottom and staple in #8 screen ? My other bottom board has a screen bottom. bottomboard.jpg Attached Images bottomboard.jpg (22.4 KB)

Starting Robbing Frenzy

I went into two of my hives. The first hive are buckfast and doing great. I removed a frame of brood with nurse bees. I checked for the Buckfast queen. She was not on the frame. I then did a sugar roll. I closed up the hive. The sugar roll showed I had two or three mites. I had finished...

sudden death of entire hive.

I have(had) a long lang consisting of 22 deep frames about 3/4 occupied. According to my notes the last inspection was aug 14 (been too busy to inspect more 🙁 ). they had scaled back vs their peak in spring (dearth starts in july after black berry here) and had no drones (vs my other hive with lots) and capped...

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Dumb question……I'm asking anyway.

I’m really confused about bees overwintering. My question is……since bees generally use the bottom deep for brood; and, the next deep up for honey stores in a two-deep hive for winter preparation, does the normal bee cycle from queen laying eggs to pupae hatching into bees continue year round??? If not, does the hive let all of the current brood...

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New beginner from Alabama

Hello all! I’m looking to get my first hive and a package of bees this coming spring. Any recommendation of where to get a good hive? Any tips I should look out before buying would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Do bees eat grape juice?

Here where I live we have lots of grapes and yellow jackets love the split grapes and eating the juice off the harvesting machines. Lady bugs like eating the sweet juice too. I dont beleive Ive ever seen honey bees eating the grape juice though. Is that something they would get into? If it is would they make that into...

Yard treatment

I’m pretty sure I know the answer to this but I’ve never raised bees before. I have my yard treated for “pests” quarterly as I live in a pretty rural area here in Florida. My question is should I cease treating my yard when I start my hives? I have an empty lot next to mine that I could put...

Newbee from florida

Hello, I’m preparing to start my beekeeping experience in the Spring here in Florida. I can use all of the help u can get.

What's a good mite count following OAV?

This is new to me. I built an OA vaporizer (detailed in another thread) and have applied 3 treatments to my two hives and two nucs. I have inserts in the screened bottom boards on the two hives, solid bottoms on the nucs. One hive has done very well since I installed the nuc in May. The other struggled, and...

Empty Bottom Box?

As we prepare for winter, should the bottom boxes be relatively empty (of both brood and honey)? All of my hives seem to share this trait. Do I remove the top honey supers to encourage using the bottom deep as a storage bin? Thanks, Ryan

"Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2015"

For those of you on the list who are ‘in the loop’ so to speak, have you or anyone you may be aware of been successful in applying for and receiving grant money from what was allocated in last year’s bill?I am preparing to approach our leading agricultural university here in the state regarding the start of a project to...

Oh no! I think my hive is swarming!

One of my hives seems to be maybe swarming? Thousands of bees hovering around and now they’re congregating on my greenhouse room. Seems like an odd choice in late Sept in the Pacific Northwest. It’s not particularly warm out. Is this really swarming behavior? If it is a swarm, when should I try to grab and box it? It looks...