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wunderdawg
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« on: May 18, 2009, 12:14:18 PM »

Finally.......  Bought 2 established hives from a local beekeeper in our club, and moved them last night.  They are both about 65 to 75 percent drawn.  Can't tell you how excited I am to have started our "Beeyard". 

Now I have a couple of questions.   I know that you shouldnt go into the hives too often, but he said I should feed them.  Should I wait a few days before going back into them, or should I go ahead and feed them, and then leave them alone?

Question number 2.  They have Frame feeders already installed.  I have read about drowning the bees and was wondering if I put a couple of shipping peanuts into the feeder, would that help, or would that harm the bees?

These girls are really gentle, and I dont want to do anything that would change that.

I am sure I will have plenty of questions in the future, but as for now, I can't wait to sit back and watch them do their thing.
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2009, 12:17:53 PM »

Finally.......  Bought 2 established hives from a local beekeeper in our club, and moved them last night.  They are both about 65 to 75 percent drawn.  Can't tell you how excited I am to have started our "Beeyard". 

Way to go! Glad for ya.

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Now I have a couple of questions.   I know that you shouldnt go into the hives too often, but he said I should feed them.  Should I wait a few days before going back into them, or should I go ahead and feed them, and then leave them alone?

I'm guessing the nectar flow is going strong in Texas? I would ask a local Beek if they are needing feed. What did the guy you bought them from say?

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Question number 2.  They have Frame feeders already installed.  I have read about drowning the bees and was wondering if I put a couple of shipping peanuts into the feeder, would that help, or would that harm the bees?

Adding some floating material certainly won't hurt. Lots of different opinions on this topic. Feel free to try different things and learn. A search of the forum will pull up lots of info/suggestions on this.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2009, 01:42:53 PM »

Congrats Wunderdawg,

    I use several small stones built up this allows them not to drown.  Good Luck.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2009, 05:34:21 PM »

I find that clean/new paint stirring sticks work really well. You can cut them to length.  Just about anything will do. You can also tack on a bit of nylon window screen on the side of the feeder to help the bees keep their grip.  You will lose a few bees to drowning, regardless.  Good luck with your new hives. Have fun !

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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2009, 05:54:37 PM »

I use pine cones...as said by other..you will lose a few.

Go look at them..SHEEEZE...My girls could care less about me...unless it's over cast or raining...then don't even think about it.
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2009, 05:57:13 PM »

Congrats!  Another one hooked for life!
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2009, 06:10:59 PM »

The best thing i have found is a wodden entrance reducer.  Cheap and effective. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2009, 12:50:24 AM »

Congratulations
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2009, 12:04:19 PM »

Congrats. I can post some pic.s of how I feed mine if you like: I use an inverted container on top of an inner cover, with an empty honey super placed over so I can put the outer cover on for the weather. changing the feed takes minimal disturbance as they are briefly exposed through the open hole in the inner cover.
I'm still very much a new beekeeper BUT: I suspect they stay gentle (in part) by being used to you being around (visiting outside the entrance while leaving room for their traffic) -I can't swear to this but they will head butt me if they haven't seen me in a few days.
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2009, 01:03:02 PM »

Congratulations
   
           I have just started with beekeeping and reading all of these forums are helping me too.

Thanks
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