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General Beekeeping / Re: Today’s inspection
« Last post by Lastfling on February 26, 2020, 03:43:38 pm »
There was nothing in the cup.  Location was suspicious is all.

It surprised me the amount of capped brood present.  I suspected some was up as they’ve been bringing in pollen for several weeks now as weather permits.  A cold front is suppose to move in tonight so back to the hi 40 low 20’s for a few days.  A regular weather roller coaster of late.


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General Beekeeping / Re: Today’s inspection
« Last post by Bakersdozen on February 26, 2020, 03:30:57 pm »
. Also saw drones in all 3



I saw one queen cup on the bottom of a frame in one hive but no other signs that swarm prep was under way.

Let the new season begin


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Wow!  In February.  Drones present too!  Was there an egg or larvae in that queen cup?  Sometimes bees will tear those down and use the wax else where.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Charging Money For Live Bee Goods
« Last post by Bakersdozen on February 26, 2020, 03:26:31 pm »
at this time of the year I would not part with any resources. there's always a chance that you might need them yourself in a week or 2 or 3 & then you'll find that you just shot yourself in the foot. if you a hive that's overflowing give a weaker hive a boost. if not don't fix that which is not broken. conditions within hives can change quickly & March is often the hardest to get thru.

rober's response got me to thinking.  This scenario is a good argument for beginners starting with more than one colony.  If a first timer has more than one colony they can:
1. have something to compare to.  Is my hive doing well?  Is my queen laying like she should?  etc.
2. Can bolster a weak hive with frames of brood from the stronger hive.
3. In the event of queen failure and queens are not available, two colonies can be combined and later split when queens are available.

I think first timers underestimate the equipment that they need.  Some of it is the industries fault.  The beginner's kits don't have shims, extra hive bodies, etc. 

Jen, I am beginning to see a possible money making opportunity for you.  Have extra new equipment on hand and sell it to those in need.  You won't get rich, but you won't lose your equipment.  If there is someone local that carries beekeeping equipment?  Then send those in need to them.
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General Beekeeping / Today’s inspection
« Last post by Lastfling on February 26, 2020, 01:10:30 pm »
Took the opportunity to go into the upper brood boxes of my 3 hives before the next cold front comes in later this evening.

All 3 hives had good brood patterns with brood of all stages.  Even saw the queen in one which is a rare event for me. Also saw drones in all 3
Hives and killed a few hive beetles in one.

I’ve had sugar bricks on all hives but there were at least 4 deep frames of capped honey in each box I looked at.

I saw one queen cup on the bottom of a frame in one hive but no other signs that swarm prep was under way.

Let the new season begin


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General Beekeeping / Re: Charging Money For Live Bee Goods
« Last post by rober on February 26, 2020, 12:24:12 pm »
at this time of the year I would not part with any resources. there's always a chance that you might need them yourself in a week or 2 or 3 & then you'll find that you just shot yourself in the foot. if you a hive that's overflowing give a weaker hive a boost. if not don't fix that which is not broken. conditions within hives can change quickly & March is often the hardest to get thru.
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: New but
« Last post by iddee on February 24, 2020, 06:08:28 pm »
That's the thing, B13. Members in different areas would need to make monthly, "or more often", posts on what needs to be checked and done in their area.
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: New but
« Last post by Bakersdozen on February 24, 2020, 04:57:23 pm »
Mikey, glad you brought this topic back to the top of the list.
It was sheer stubborness, on my part, that kept me in beekeeping.  1st year I was successful, 2nd and 3rd I failed.  I always went to local bee club meetings, events, and beginner's classes.  I haven't missed a beginner's class in 11 years!  (Now I teach a segment of that class.) 

iddee:  What you should be doing with your bees this month is a great idea.  Beekeeping is regional though.  What Florida beekeepers are doing in February is totally different than beekeepers in Canada.  Our local bee club puts out a monthly newsletter and that information is always included in the newsletter.  Perhaps regional members could post what they are doing with their bees on a month by month basis?
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: New but
« Last post by Mikey N.C. on February 24, 2020, 02:50:19 pm »
Iddee, agree 100%
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: New but
« Last post by Mikey N.C. on February 24, 2020, 02:48:03 pm »
Baker, I know this is an old post.
But your rite IMO. 3-4 yr. beeks understand, what they have spent $ on and what has been successful for them ( if they've been successful)  IMO there are some that want to learn and some that realize , there's more work to this than I thought. The ones that are not successful , seem to be the ones that fold. In my experience it was 3 yrs. of buying bee's with no success and$1000.00 of money , books, equipment,bee's and feed. I've had great advice from the best around here and on this site. IMO there is so much info to consider that it can be confusing.. And local beeks are a big help , if they are successful.
That being said ,  I've only seen a few beeks that can bee successful. And they are few and far between. I think that there is so many variables as the rite timing and what to do and when.
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: New but
« Last post by iddee on February 24, 2020, 02:32:13 pm »
Rather than beekeeping 101, maybe we need a forum, ""what to do this month and next"".  Then it would apply to all levels.
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