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    Re: Do you finish your cedar hives?

    Some I do, some I don't. It'll grey out like a fence pretty fast, and if it's prone to cupping will do so. I've used Deck sealer and paint. I've seen a lot of hives with spar urethane - it peels...
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    Re: Typical pattern for young queen?

    Not what was said:


    The worker brood is not being attributed to laying workers, nor is the non-viable issue attributed to laying workers. My suspicion is a diminished unhealthy population left...
  3. Re: Treatment free intervention for a varroa infested hive

    Really the only "treatment" in a treatment free operation is to requeen with appropriate genetics.

    Raising queens from a hive that can't handle varroa will get you no where. Removing brood in...
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    Re: dealing with comb from deadout

    An ant mound will clean brood and pollen out of frames.
  5. Re: Solid Black Bees Hairless Thorax mixed in with "normal looking bees"

    Old and bald. Embrace it. I don't worry about it.
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    Re: Typical pattern for young queen?

    I'm not seeing a pattern of viable worker brood, maybe there's something emerging, didn't notice. When I pull a frame that has that shotgun-coco-puff pattern, I immediately curse, "d*%n laying...
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    Re: Typical pattern for young queen?

    Here's what I am seeing, sunken caps on worker brood which to me means dead / non-viable. Worker cells being reworked into drone brood in large numbers, probably laying workers (plural) and with a...
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    Re: Dripping honey down entrance

    I've seen honey drip on a few ferral hives in the soffit of a house on 100+ degree days - comb collapse from the heat.

    Most times, it's SHB slime dripping, and 9 times (or more) out of 10, the...
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    Re: I am at a crossroad.....I think?

    We typically over winter the 8 frame langs in either a deep and a medium or 3 mediums though some end up with 4 mediums and we do some single deeps as well. Top bars go into winter with about 12...
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    Re: Beeweaver Nuc prices!

    You appear to be in Joliet, IL... This would be a long drive, I suspect you can find nucs closer. One producer does not set the price for the nation. You can likely find nucs cheaper. This tax...
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    Re: Pesticide effects last how long?

    Of course the length of effect will depend on the dosage, LD50 and half-life.

    One theory is that they picked up something like Sevin dust (Carbaryl) which was brought back into the hive...
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    Re: Beeweaver Nuc prices!

    The counties set a MINIMUM (not maximum) density. Typical minimum is 6 but I know of at least one that allows for 3.

    Inspectors look for colony count and flyers - they don't do hive inspections....
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    Re: Beeweaver Nuc prices!

    But, can you put me down for 40 delivered in Austin, March 1,2016 at that price?
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    Re: I am at a crossroad.....I think?

    Here's what I learned my first winter on making increase in Texas:

    Order spring queens in the fall, they will be sold out in spring, you will be too busy and too inexperienced to reliably make...
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    Re: Beeweaver Nuc prices!

    Their ad reads: 5 Frame Early Season Italian Nuc (Contains a minimum of 4 frames of bees, brood, honey, and PLAIN YOUNG ITALIAN Queen.). Not a BeeWeaver Queen.

    I strongly suspect they are...
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    Re: What's a fair price

    I'd get pictures, a top bar could be a work of art or cobbled together junk amd the colony could be strong or a near dead out. 30 bars would be about the right length. There are lots of variations...
  17. Re: What are your goals as a first year beekeeper ???

    1st year = keep them alive over winter.
    2nd year = replace deadouts and get more comb drawn (order queens early for half of the hives)
    3rd year = expand (order queens early for half of the hives)
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    Re: Candy plug?

    The candy used by commercial outfits varies from too soft to too hard, I suspect anything homemade would have pretty unpredictable results... I just put a plug of wax over the hole then direct...
  19. Re: Hive too hot - hive combination question

    Set the frames to be robbed out a good distance - like 50 yards - away from the hives. Once that's gone, you don't want the robbers looking a few feet over for the next target.
  20. Re: Hive too hot - hive combination question

    If I understand correctly, you've got 40 deep frames of honey, pollen and DEAD brood... that's a lot to stack on a hive and expect to get cleaned out. The pollen won't be moved (it will only be...
  21. Re: Is there a way to reduce moisture of extracted honey?

    Honestly, no - at least not here. Our typical honey runs 17 - 18%, it would never be an issue. We've had an unusually wet spring (6 leading up to our harvest time. One batch of honey (yes it was...
  22. Re: Is there a way to reduce moisture of extracted honey?

    With our wet spring we had several yards where capped honey was around 20%. We were able to bring it down to 18% in less than a week. Whole house humidifier in a small room, aquarium pump with food...
  23. Re: How to be competitive when the competition iis priced too low?

    Don't confuse wholesale prices with retail. It's all about marketing. Look for the niche, create the market. Know that every market is different and what works in 1 locale won't work in another. ...
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    Re: State Bee Brand

    Carefully note the "OR"



    131.064 does NOT apply if name and address are stenciled in any clear permanent size. I'd even offered that "BeeFriendlyAustin.Com" was both my name and address to...
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    Re: State Bee Brand

    The actual code is:
    Sec. 131.061. IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED. A person may not operate an apiary in this state unless the apiary equipment is:
    (1) clearly and indelibly marked with the name and...
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