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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Hello from Middleburg, Florida
« Last post by cao on Today at 06:38:14 PM »
Welcome.  :happy:
« Last post by rogerdarbonne on Today at 04:38:34 PM »
OK, Had a chance to sit and watch both hive really good around 8:00 AM  this morning. noticed bees loaded with pollen coming in both hives.
Very little flight activity around the hives. I checked them again around 11:00 AM and noticed quite a bit of flight activity around both hives. I
did not see much pollen coming in. I decide to take off both entrance feeders install entrance reducer to 1 bee entrance, close off top entrance
 and put a wet sheet on both hives. Really heavy flight activity after placing the sheets. Bees all over the hives. I noticed allot of fighting going
on. At 2:00 PM I pulled the sheets and re wet them. Checked  the ground in front of the hives and found lots of dead bees. I placed the sheets back on the hives and will check again in the morning.
as little john has said. I can add that i have see yards that when they are feeding that the introduction of syrup does shock their systems and cause them to have momentary diareha and that they will swram out for cleansing flights till their systems adjust.

Except to eat their house.

Look for a soil tube from soil to wood.  They can't live long in open air.  I have my hives on cinder blocks set on their ends,so about a foot from soil. 
Welcome to the forum.   We've got lots of great people here.
I've seen more than once where I've fed a hive and it looked to me that the bees started orientating, flying in ever widening loose figure 8's.  This was mid to late afternoon ...
Does it "inspire" them to collect pollen or nectar instead of hanging on the hive?

Feeding does two other things, apart from supplying nutrition.

The first is that it causes great excitement, which may be of interest to any bees lurking around intent on robbing.

The second is that a message soon passes around the hive that there's 'nectar' coming in (from somewhere ...), and so yes - many forager scout bees will then take to the air in an attempt to locate the precise external source of that 'nectar', in order to pass that info on to the forager workforce.

So - to reduce the likelihood of robbing, and to save scout bees from making unnecessary and fruitless searches, it pays to feed last thing in the evening - if possible (and if convenient) - with just enough syrup to be consumed by morning, by which time the excitement and stimulus to search will have subsided.
« Last post by Duane on Today at 03:12:57 PM »
Does anyone know what this plant is? My bees are all over the open blooms of this plant.
Do you have clearer pictures of just the flower?  Over all, it reminds me of a poinsettia genus.
I've wondered what the purpose of queen excluders are.  Lot's of people seem to worry about brood up higher, but why is that a problem?  Just don't use those frames.  Or if it's a little bit, cut it out.  And if you have the same size equipment, move those frames down.  I guess I'm having a hard time understanding the general concept of why confine the queen when you have moveable frames.
I don't like the idea of feeding, but when I look in my hives and see no honey, just mostly empty combs, I figure I need to feed.

I've seen more than once where I've fed a hive and it looked to me that the bees started orientating, flying in ever widening loose figure 8's.  This was mid to late afternoon, when I've seen orientating flights in the past.  The first time I fed, I thought it was robbing, and perhaps some was, so I closed up the entrance tight.  I also saw some bees scenting on top of the hive.  I wondered if they were telling their home hive this is where to rob!  Do they do that?  Towards evening I opened it and bees came out and started their orientating flights.  Do bees do that if they are robbing?

Anyway, after that, when I fed a hive, I narrowed the entrance to about a half inch.  It's amazing how fast bees can go in and out through that little entrance.  Over time, the activity diminished though a few were still flying their widening figure 8 patterns.

I see guards at the entrance, and they seem ok with all that, not that they could really do anything.  Think robbing is going on or does feeding change the dynamics of the hive?  I see more activity at the hive I feed.  Does it "inspire" them to collect pollen or nectar instead of hanging on the hive?
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Ants or termites in the hive
« Last post by GSF on Today at 02:35:28 PM »
Is there any barrier between your hive and the ground? If so it's probably not termites. To answer your question I'd say no.
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