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  1. Re: New beekeeper in AL trying to transition Nuc to Warre Hive

    Hello Donna,
    Gunther here, in Houston, therefore "Houstonbees". I started with Warre's 3 years ago and stuck with them as I liked the management philosophy and self built design. Because you...
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    Re: Bees getting grumpier?

    NE side of Houston here. Took the top box off my Warre hive yesterday---full suit and smoker lit. They pretty much left me alone but did have some insistent "bonkers/bumpers", but nothing unusual. ...
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    Re: Brush, fume board, or bee escape?

    Used an escape board under top box of my Warre, left it for 24hours. Came back yesterday and top box was mostly empty, tightly clustered under to escape. Pulled the box and smoked the rest out.
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    Re: Time to add a box?

    Should have been started with two boxes. But never the less if you are adding one tomorrow it will be as if you started with two. Should be ok. Hope you have a hive lift. It makes lifting the hive...
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    Re: Time to add a box?

    Jlockhart29,
    Did you start the hive with one or two boxes? Normally start a Warre setup with two boxes. Once they build through the first box and about 80% through the second and the bottom box is...
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    Re: Here I go, all in

    Hello lostboy, others. I run several Warre hives here in Houston. I would suggest the book by David Heaf---"Natural Beekeeping with the Warre Hive, A Manual" Also check out the website...
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    Re: Ventilated Suit for Daily Use

    I have an Ultrabreeze --- best I've used so far. Expensive but worth every penny.
  8. Re: Question/observation from a first year Beek.

    Good lord, leave em alone right now. I just checked the weather at NOAA for your area and it's going to be awfully cold, nasty weather for almost a week to a week and a half. You don't want to be...
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    Re: Neighbor's pool over fence watering plan

    Doesn't make a difference if you're trying to nip it in the bud. With my two hives I've got a bird bath about 30 feet away under a tree. On a hot day here in Houston I've counted as many as 30 bees...
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    Re: Natural Apiary Jacket - any feed back ??

    Agree with Tenbears--Ultrabreeze the way to go. I'm in Houston and before I got the Ultra, I used to dread going out to the yard in my original Dadant cotton jumpsuit. Not so now with the Ultra,...
  11. Thread: Quilt Box

    by Houstonbees
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    Re: Quilt Box

    Hello from Houston,Tx. I've been using Warre hives that have an insulation quilt on top of the topmost brood chamber, under the roof. Seems to work well in summer, I've not noticed any overheating...
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    Re: Really cool experience for me

    Up on the NE side of Houston..I'm using the same set up...a bird bath about 40 to 50 feet away from my two hives, out of the main flight path. Rocks set in the middle for a place to land but they...
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    Re: Decided on a Warre Hive

    Watch installation videos at TheWarrestore.com, and read,read,read at Biobees.com. And I suggest also reading David Heafs' book "Natural Beekeeping with the Warre Hive--a manual".
    An excellent book...
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    Re: Decided on a Warre Hive

    Ok, I'll jump into the fray.
    Intlgrrl, two years ago I built 4 Warres from plans I downloaded from the website Biobees.com (you'd have to do some searching, but the link is there). Biobees.com is...
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    Re: Wall Street Journal---CCD Report

    Yes, thats the report. While CCD is not directly implicated, the report does say that the colony count is higher than last year, but largely due to splits making up for hive losses. I was just...
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    Wall Street Journal---CCD Report

    Report posted on Wall St Journal Wednesday says annual survey ended in April, year over year, says a 40% hive loss coming out of a tough winter into a not so good spring. Commercial bee keepers...
  17. Re: Observations of the first 24 hours of a new beekeeper

    #5 "The girls were very tame......." LOL. Just wait until late July or early August when they've got that hive full of honey/comb/brood and you pass by with a lawn mower or decide to do in...
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    Re: Moisture in Warre

    One more thing. The 100 or so dead bees you've seen are most likely the bees that made it through the winter and are dying off. If you've got pollen going in brood is being raised that will replace...
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    Re: Moisture in Warre

    Well, I've got one of my hives that is 2 years old and never have replaced the insulation material in the quilt, nor the cloth used for the bottom of the quilt. I'm using burlap for the material,...
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    Re: Moisture in Warre

    Hello Bonnie. I've got 3 Warre hives here in Houston, no windows. Solid bottom boards. At times I've seen water dripping out of the entrance during late winter/early spring when the hive picks up in...
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    Re: HOW-BEE Y'ALL!

    Where in Houston? I'm up by the big airport, Kingwood area. Now with 3 Warres---swarm from last year caught at the airport that made thru the winter, a swarm that moved itself into my original first...
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    Re: Pollen Bombers

    Got a chance to see it up close---our citrus trees in the backyard are in full bloom, oranges, lemmons, limes, etc. You can see a difference between the nectar gatherers and pollen collectors....
  23. Re: Anything special I need to do and really hot weather?

    Make certain there are enough fresh water supplies available nearby. I use several bird baths scattered around the back yard. The girls can be watched drinking and heading directly back to the hive....
  24. Thread: Dead Warre

    by Houstonbees
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    Re: Dead Warre

    I've got flat top bars in my Warre with a notch at each end that engage a small nail on either of the rabbeted rails. As a guide that has worked perfectly so far, I've stretched a string between the...
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    Re: Hello from frigid Upstate NY

    I'll make you jealous with this---79deg today here on the NE side of Houston, low tonight will be 60. My one hive in the backyard is ridiculously busy being all over the blooming orange and lemmon...
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