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    Re: Long distance apiary

    The best out yards are well hidden. I add the supers I think they can handle. Usually two on a strong hive. We don't have long or heavy flows here. If I'm wanting to make bees instead of honey, I...
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    Re: Bees are definitely africanized!

    Aggressive splitting helps them accept the new queens. 3 deeps would probably be 6-10 new hives for me.
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    Re: Long distance apiary

    I have most of my hives 50 miles away. I see them 4-5 times a year. I check them in January to make sure they have enough stores for the rest of winter. I super up in March usually. Sometimes I...
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    Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    Yep, a stick under the corner of the top is pretty cheap.
  5. Thread: SHB takeover

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    Re: SHB takeover

    A strong hive can usually fend them off. A nuc is usually a sitting duck. Keep and eye on the rest of them.
  6. Thread: Pond lily honey?

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    Re: Pond lily honey?

    My bees love purple pickerel weed. I never had an issue with the honey.
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    Re: lost a lot of bees today

    pesticides or mites would be my guess. Bees tolerate 110 degrees all the time. As long as they have water and ventilation they are good. I prop my tops year around.
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    Re: Rain, Rain, and more Rain.

    The hives in north Texas are light this year. It has rained out the entire bloom season. I hope to have a good fall flow with all the ground moisture.
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    Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    I had a discussion with my registrar. It's up again.
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    Re: BEE BOX Machining Center

    My total investment in that machine was a quart of honey and 1/2 a tank of gas. Yep, someone gave me the **** thing.
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    Re: 30 year old beehives!

    I picked up one that sat for over 10 years. The bees had died out and new swarms moved in multiple times. The frames all came apart when I pryed them out. i just did one box at a time and let the...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    What's the record for number of posts on one topic?
  13. Thread: Domed top smoker?

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    Re: Domed top smoker?

    I don't think they stay lit as well. Just one man's opinion. I have one I no longer use.
  14. Thread: Cotton honey??

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    Re: Cotton honey??

    I tried cotton two years ago, after boll weevil erradication. I brought home empty boxes. The bees were very unhappy almost from the instant I set them in the fields. Hives boiled out and hung on...
  15. Re: Dadant Ranger Hand-Crank, out of balance right out of the box

    If it's unacceptable, call Dadant. I'm sure they will make it right.
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    Re: Making my own fume board?

    You'll do better with a metal top painted black. It will transfer more heat and make more fumes. Take an old super or hive body that needs retiring. Cut it into slices and cover each slice with...
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    Re: Do bees ever store water in the frames?

    When it gets hot here, they haul water in like crazy. You will see it sitting in the cells and the bees fanning to cool the hive.
  18. Thread: Extractor info

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    Re: Extractor info

    I have a 30 year old Dadant 20 frame. The Dadant 20 actually holds 36 or so mediums. It holds 20 deeps. The deal for a smaller extractor is one of the 9/18 motorized that everyone carries, Brushy,...
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    Re: Combined hives, now at least 12 queen cells

    Really......." What surprised me, though, was that I had a ton of queen cells. I counted at least a dozen in 3 medium boxes. They all look like emergency queen cells."
  20. Thread: Queenless

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    Re: Queenless

    9 chances out of 10 your new queens will be killed because there is a virgin or just mated queen in there that hasn't started laying yet. I always test them with a frame of eggs first. If they...
  21. Re: propane insect fogger and FGMO as varoa treatment ?

    OA vapor will do a number on your lungs. I used to use a crack pipe (search here) for OA, but gave it up. Treatment free is much easier, better for you, better for the bees.
  22. Re: Can I Expect My Hive To Swarm If They Run Out Of Room In July-September in Texas?

    Probably. We still have vetch blooming and it should have been done about the 1st of May. Of course, most plants won't rebloom once they are done.
  23. Re: New beekeeper... Requeening an aggressive hive

    Sounds like you did just fine. A caged queen with a candy plug is almost always successful for me as long as I find the old queen. I have had hive quiten down and quit stinging within minutes of...
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    Re: Combined hives, now at least 12 queen cells

    He said he had a dozen cells spread across 3 medium boxes. That is enough assets to make 3 nucs and keep the main hive going. You can easily cut plastic foundation if need be, with scissors or an...
  25. Re: Can I Expect My Hive To Swarm If They Run Out Of Room In July-September in Texas?

    It is unlikely that you will have a swarm from nectar from July to September anywhere in Texas. That is our dearth period. Mesquite is about the only thing going then and it is spotty around here. ...
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