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  Topic: Just starting... Warre outdated?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:56 pm   Subject: Just starting... Warre outdated?
I started out with a Warré hive and have had no problems whatsoever.
Long story short, we had bees move into the wall of our house, and while searching for someone to remove them, one of the peopl ...
  Topic: What to do next?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:38 am   Subject: What to do next?
Welcome to beekeeping in a Warré!
Long story short, I have always overwintered with 4 boxes. I found that the two additional boxes allow for a buffer zone between the cold air at the entrance an ...
  Topic: Are they doing this on purpose ?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:18 am   Subject: Are they doing this on purpose ?
I don't know what the temperatures are there, but could they be bearding due to the heat (if it's hot outside)? One of my hives has been bearding in amounts from lots of bees (going up above the entr ...
  Topic: Fallen comb

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:55 pm   Subject: Fallen comb
I had the same thing happen in my Warré hive. They will most likely clean out the honey, but they will also start attaching the comb to the floor with brace comb. If it is close to other combs hang ...
  Topic: Found a tiny swarm today - now what to do?

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:54 pm   Subject: Found a tiny swarm today - now what to do?
I'm not an expert, and I've never been in this specific situation, so my advice/thoughts aren't based on experience with your specific situation.
Here's what I would do to try to help them make it ...
  Topic: Should I rescue dropped comb?

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:37 am   Subject: Should I rescue dropped comb?
Hi PermaHeretic.
I had a similar issue when I hived my original bees (after removing them from the wall of my house). You will need to remove the comb from the floor of the hive. If you don't, t ...
  Topic: Hummingbird feeders and Honeybees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:39 am   Subject: Hummingbird feeders and Honeybees
Hi exmar.

Bees will want to collect nectar throughout the entire flowering season. They don't stop just because they have honey stored in the hive. What may seem as enough honey to you, isn't e ...
  Topic: Does this look normal?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:06 am   Subject: Does this look normal?
I see a lot of worker brood, in a good pattern. From the pictures posted, there are more workers than drones, and it's a healthy amount of workers, in a good pattern.

IMHO, leave them be, includ ...
  Topic: castes

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 2:54 am   Subject: castes
If you put a queen cell into an empty hive, then the queen will die. There are no roaming "nurse bees" flying from hive to hive looking for a new queen to take care of. Even if the queen e ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:33 am   Subject: Living in a bee house
Hi Bernhard. Great pictures!!!
I have a question. How do you get the pictures of the comb with just a few bees in the way? When I try to take pictures through my Warré observation windows, the c ...
  Topic: Living in a bee house

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:29 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
I'd like to visit that museum!
  Topic: Living in a bee house

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:36 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
That's great!! I wish I could do that, but our attic gets way too hot in the summer. Thank you for sharing the set up and pictures!
  Topic: What type of bees?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:05 pm   Subject: What type of bees?
If you can get a swarm of local wild bees, or if they move into the wall of your house as mine did, that is a great option. You could sign up with a local bee club to be a swarm collector, so that yo ...
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Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

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