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Eric, make sure you also post this on the "Buy Sell page.

Good Luck, Lee

Hello my name is Eddie. Just starting, I finally got a location, looking to start my first hive, been to one of the Group get togethers in the past, interested in a hive with a screen bottom, and some starter bees. I don’t know if anyone remembers me, I am the new guy from San Diego.
Edwin, Hello, do you happen to have a question?
What outlet is recommended for a beginner to get a startup Hive
Edwin, there is a tab on the front page of the website called "basic Beekeeping equipment". Also, there is numerous companies that sell equipment. South Florida Bee Supplies, Mann Lake, Dadant, Glory Bee, Brushy Mountain etc. Only thing that I have noticed in the past is be careful on eBay because some of the stuff is really you get what you pay for.
Thank you

I would like to  change the old foundation next year  they are old and full of brood how would i go about it  thank you

Hello, if the hive is one deep. You start with a frame from the outside by pulling the frame. Then move the inner frame towards outside. Place the new frame in the middle of the hive. Most time the brood is in the middle of the hive. As the frames move to the outside they won't be used for brood but as stores. If you are using a 2 deep for brood you place the queen excluder on between the 2 deeps, gradually the brood will all hatch in one brood box. Then you can remove it. Remember, when the hive is growing becareful of isolating the one deep. You will have to keep a watchful eye.

Irma knocked my fence down and I need to get it replaced.  I have two hives within a few feet of the fence.  Any suggestions on what to do with the hives when they are putting up the fence in that area?

Wenceslao, Do you want to change  all the comb out at the same time?

Most beekeepers replace 20% of old comb annually.  Therefore every five years it has all been replaced.

It is not a good idea to place a new frame with foundation in the middle of a hive.  You might cause the bees to not cross it as it is seen as a barrier.  If you replace an old brood comb frame with a new frame that has drawn comb from a honey super it would be ok to place that in the middle.

It is best to remove from one end and replace from the other.  Keep in mind where the entrance is located which will enable you to understand where the brood nest and honey storage are located.

Good Luck



Fred Beiderbecke said:

Irma knocked my fence down and I need to get it replaced.  I have two hives within a few feet of the fence.  Any suggestions on what to do with the hives when they are putting up the fence in that area?

Fred, you are going to have to close up the hives at night.  Then move them to a new location at least two miles away.  Open them up at the new location and leave  them there for two weeks.

In order to return them to their original location, close them up at night and move them back.

Please let us know how it works out?

Good Luck, Lee

Unfortunately I don't have a place to move the hives to.  

Can I move them slowly to a different part of the yard that is away from the fence?  I know I would have to take quite some time to do it, but it will be January before they start work.  

Lee Wisnioski said:



Fred Beiderbecke said:

Irma knocked my fence down and I need to get it replaced.  I have two hives within a few feet of the fence.  Any suggestions on what to do with the hives when they are putting up the fence in that area?

Fred, you are going to have to close up the hives at night.  Then move them to a new location at least two miles away.  Open them up at the new location and leave  them there for two weeks.

In order to return them to their original location, close them up at night and move them back.

Please let us know how it works out?

Good Luck, Lee

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