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Location: Musick's Ferry, MO and the St. Louis area
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Latest Activity: Mar 14

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Picking Bee Hive

Hi All,I need some sound advice and I realize every bee keeper has their own opinion on this subject.  Which is a better bee hive one made of Western Cedar or on made of Pine?  Thanks allDawnContinue

Started by Dawn R. Barton Mar 14.

Picking Bee Hive

Hi All,I need some sound advice and I realize every bee keeper has their own opinion on this subject.  Which is a better bee hive one made of Western Cedar or on made of Pine?  Thanks allDawnContinue

Started by Dawn R. Barton Mar 14.

Picking Bee Hive

Hi All,I need some sound advice and I realize every bee keeper has their own opinion on this subject.  Which is a better bee hive one made of Western Cedar or on made of Pine?  Thanks allDawnContinue

Started by Dawn R. Barton Mar 14.

Alternative Hives

I'm planning on building 3 hives over the next month or two. Warre, Perone, Topbar. If anyone has any experience with these hives, please post here.Continue

Started by CJ Verde Mar 5.

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Comment by Lynda Reynolds on March 7, 2011 at 6:07pm
I'm getting ready to split my two hives today...we finally have a bit of sunshine and the ladie's are working the almonds...I figure now's a pretty good time.  Plenty of nectar flow so everyone's in a good mood.
Comment by Brian and Tammy Mundy on March 25, 2011 at 5:33pm
Had success installing two packages of bees today.  A little cool and overcast here in Va today, temps around 45 when we put the bees in the hive bodies.  Hoping for the best as 1-2 inches of snow has been forecast over the next 36 hours!  There is a nice feeder inside the hive bodies so they will not have to leave the warmth and security to forage!
Comment by amanda richards on June 26, 2011 at 4:23pm
Checked out my 2 hives yesterday, the first hive is doing great, lots of activity, but the second hive seems smaller.  Well, I found 3 empty queen cells, so I guess we lost the original queen.  Hopefully she's mated with a drone from the other hive & will be laying eggs soon!
Comment by Christene on July 30, 2011 at 8:18am

We got a little freaked out last night when I went out to check on chickens and found this.

We are hoping this is just bearding.

Comment by Leon Hale on August 1, 2011 at 8:18am

Christene,

 

In my humble opinion you need to add another Hive body ASAP, too many bees, not enough space. Too much heat buildup in the hive, they need more room. If you have a reducer take it off. Your bees do look healthy, they have just run out of room

 

Just my opinion,

 

Leon Hale

Asheboro NC

 

This is just my opinion

Comment by Christene on August 1, 2011 at 8:34am
This is our first year so we are in the learning process
Comment by Christene on August 1, 2011 at 8:34am
WE added a honey super the next day
Comment by Leon Hale on August 1, 2011 at 8:54am

I keep two deep hive bodies on mine just for brood chambers, then add my supers on top of those. Gives the queen lots more space to lay eggs. I also reverse them each spring.

 

Most bee keepers I know have been keeping bees for 30 + years and they tell me they are still in the learning process

 

Leon Hale

Comment by Charles Adams on August 26, 2011 at 12:16pm
Got my Top Bar Hive completed now if it would cool off below 100 plus I'll be able to harvest the wild hive in my meter base.
Comment by Meredith on December 31, 2011 at 4:09pm

Help!  I live in moderate Coastal California with a very mild winter!  My bees seemed to have been overwintering well. Until a couple of weeks ago when the activity at the entrance decreased tremendously.  I have not seen the bees bring in any pollen for the last couple of days.  This is my first year of beekeeping, so I am green as green can be(e)!  Anyway, my question is do bees stop bringing in pollen (they were bringing in pollen a couple of weeks ago) as a normal process?  Or is this a bad sign?

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