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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,...
  2. Thread: Quilt Box

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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...
  8. 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....
  14. 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....
  15. 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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    Re: Newcomer building custom warre hive

    WOW! I've had complete the opposite experience from odfrank. I guess it comes down to if you want to constantly fiddle around "inside" the boxes, or leave the girls alone to do thier thing. Granted...
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    Re: Hive humidity - how much is too much?

    As mgstei1 indicated, Houston humidity around 75% on average. I'm on the NE of Houston with 2 Warre hives, second year. Obviously our temps not as extreme as yours shinbone, but the quilt on top of...
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    Golden Rod started blooming 4/10; Golden Rain Tree started blooming a week ago with flow and about 1/2 finished.
    NE side Houston,Tx
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    Re: Rethinking it.

    Looks exactly like the inside of my Warre hive. Treatment free too.
  21. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    And yet, a 3lb package from B.Weaver has worked great so far here in Houston in my Warre hive. Second hive I started April this year was from a swarm caught at the airport. It will interesting to see...
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    Re: It worked the way Warre said it could...

    Bonnie,
    I'm trying to do this "experiment" as "intervention free" as possible. Yes, I've read about v-mites, tracheal mites, various foul broods ,etc,etc,etc. But I'm a pretty firm believer it...
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    Re: It worked the way Warre said it could...

    Thanks!
    Bonnie, I did not feed the hive near the end of the year. I left them all they collected and figured from hefting the hive in late Sept/early Oct the hive had about 20lbs of honey to make...
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    It worked the way Warre said it could...

    1---winter of 2012/2013, did a lot of reading and finally built the bee hives to Warre's specifications per the Warre hive plans link on this website. Cut one piece of wood for one, might as well cut...
  25. Re: Best technique to harvest honey from a Warrè?

    I did pretty much what Oldtimer suggests. I laid the box on its side, combs vertical, bottom facing the hive. I used a combination of smoking/leafblower to get them out of the box. This was after...
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