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Do wild bees reuse hives after each winter?

There's this dope huge beehive near my apartment. It's now getting colder in New Jersey so I don't see any occupants. I want to take this hive to decorate my man cave. But my heart won't permit me if the bees will reuse it next spring. Does anyone have knowledge on this matter? Thanks in…
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Varrora treatment of long hives (Layens)?

I am thinking of getting some Layens hives to try out next season. I am a little confused and possibly overthinking it but I would like some advice about Varrora treatment. In my current vertical hives I tend to treat in spring and again in autumn (fall) when I have no supers on. So I…
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Planning first hives in Spring 2022. Question about placement and reducers.

I am in zone 7b. I will be having two hives in my backyard. I have a 3 acre lot so plenty of room. neighbors and neighborhood association have given the green light for the bees so no issue. My back yard has some significant trees, some quite large. there is a creek on the…
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Moisture board alternatives for cold winter climate hives

Hi everyone, I have been searching for an alternative to Homasote or Insulite which I believe is what hive moisture board is made of. Does anyone have a suggestion? For those that are new to this, its the fiber board that's used to cover the hive in the winter between the inner and outer covers…
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Can you put brood frame with nurse bees from two different hives into one nuc? Spoiler, I did a silly…

Background: Southern Tasmania, Australia. Two overwintered ‘ideal’ langstroth hives. Both with two brood boxes, queen excluder and one full super going into winter. Crap weather, so first spring inspection was only three weeks ago. One hive was looking strong, the other appearing queenless (different sound/agitated, no young or capped brood whatsoever, but heaps of drones…
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Need some advice, I’m worried i made a winter error with my hives

I live eastern Canada for starters. So I got 2 hives this spring and I think I got given the wrong advice. I was told to add a second brood box for the hive to be able to be strong enough to get through the winter. I currently have 2 brood boxes almost full. Was…
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Anyone keep hives for the sake of the bees rather than for the honey?

Been curious about this for a minute, but I'm not all that interested in the relatively small quantity of honey you'd get from a few hives. We're in a pretty rural area in Florida where I think they'd do really well, but I almost never see bees around; 95% digging wasps, 4% bees, and 1%…
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Should I combine hives? Mite biters.

I have two hives, northern hemisphere in the US PNW. One of them seems weak – no brood in any stages, limited stores, limited pollen packed away, queen chilling. There is, however, a sizable population of bees and the queen is alive. Should I feed the heck out of them and overwinter them as a…
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