Basic Questions

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When is it warm enough to look at my bees

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How often do I need to Inspect my bees

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How do I light my smoker

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How much smoke should I use

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How do I make a frame up

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How do I use my hive tool properly

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What do I look for when I open a hive

Management

For swarming see the Problems section.

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Do I need to keep written records
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What should I record

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What must I record

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How do I move my bees
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A short distance

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 A medium distance

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A long distance

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Exceptions

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How often should I replace the wax comb

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How do I know when to put a super on

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When should I uses Entrance Blocks

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How do I increase or decrease my stock of bees

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How do I combine two hives into one (Uniting)

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How do I make two hives out of one (Splitting)

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How do I breed better bees ‘simply’

Queen Stuff

For swarming see the Problems section.

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How do I find the queen

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How do I mark a queen

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How do I introduce a new queen bee

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When can I re-queen

Feed & Winter

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Do I need to feed my bees
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Syrup Strength

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How and when do I feed my bees
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Early Spring

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Late Summer (for winter)

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At other times

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How much feed do my bees need

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Can I feed honey back to my bees

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Do I need to feed them candy
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How do I make candy

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Do I need to feed pollen patties

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How do I prepare my bees for the winter months

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Can I leave a super on during the winter

Maintaining Equipment

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What can I paint my hives with