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  Topic: Possible Queen Loss/Laying Workers in Brand New TBH
BaltimoreUrbanBee

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:31 pm   Subject: Possible Queen Loss/Laying Workers in Brand New TBH
Come to find out, I was not paranoid. Somehow, the queen was lost. I have no idea what happened to her, but either way, they never replaced her and the population dwindled very quickly. Within a few ...
  Topic: Possible Queen Loss/Laying Workers in Brand New TBH
BaltimoreUrbanBee

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Views: 12912

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 2:35 pm   Subject: Possible Queen Loss/Laying Workers in Brand New TBH
Thanks for your replies.

I'm sorry- I do try to be as clear and detailed as possible... You are right, I am probably freaking out over nothing. I tend to believe the worst case scenario is taking p ...
  Topic: Possible Queen Loss/Laying Workers in Brand New TBH
BaltimoreUrbanBee

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Views: 12912

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 4:05 pm   Subject: Possible Queen Loss/Laying Workers in Brand New TBH
Hello. I am brand new at beekeeping. I did a ton of research and I feel very good about what I know. But as you all know, experience is the only way really to learn something like beekeeping.

I in ...
  Topic: HELP! Carpenter bees agitating my brand new colony!
BaltimoreUrbanBee

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:03 pm   Subject: HELP! Carpenter bees agitating my brand new colony!
Thanks, Ron. I probably should have been more clear about where the chasing was taking place, LOL. Mad

It is now day 5 since installation and it appears that the honeybees have won the territorial ...
  Topic: Interesting Story About Shipped Package
BaltimoreUrbanBee

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:53 pm   Subject: Interesting Story About Shipped Package
There is some debate over packages. Some say you should pick them up (not ship), some say you should try not to use packages at all, others say it doesn't matter either way. I'm not here to debate tha ...
  Topic: HELP! Carpenter bees agitating my brand new colony!
BaltimoreUrbanBee

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:41 am   Subject: HELP! Carpenter bees agitating my brand new colony!
Try reducing the size of the entrance. Carpenter Bees like an entrance of at least 1/2 inch. Your bees need at least 3/8 inch. It'll look crowded, but they'll still be able to use the entrance.

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  Topic: HELP! Carpenter bees agitating my brand new colony!
BaltimoreUrbanBee

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:09 pm   Subject: HELP! Carpenter bees agitating my brand new colony!
I installed a brand new 3lb package of honeybees in my top bar hive yesterday and all went well. Today, I noticed several carpenter bees swooping around and chasing my honey bees around the hive and v ...
 
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