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    Cutout in Abilene, TX

    Anyone interested in doing a cutout in Abilene, Texas? I don't have many details. I'm posting this for a friend.
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    SHB Abilene Texas

    Does anyone know if SHB is a problem in Abilene Texas? I moved to Abilene about a month ago and moved my one hive down from Arkansas last weekend. I noticed more SHB than I've ever seen before when...
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    I think the spring flow has started

    Checked the hive last week and saw a lot of empty cells. Today I saw lots of open cells with nectar. I think a flow has started here in Arkansas.
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    Am I okay?

    Just completed an inspection of my hive consisting of two deeps (10 frame). Brood pattern is spotty. About 3 frames worth of brood in total, spread out over 8 frames (6 in top box, 2 in bottom). ...
  5. Re: How soon can i start the powdered sugar treatment?

    I think it's fine to do it anytime the bees are flying. I've done some sporadic treatments since December/January on days it was warm enough for the bees to fly.
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    Re: Too early for syrup?

    I wish I knew when to expect a flow in central Arkansas too. I started keeping bees last April and only have one hive, so take what I say with a grain of salt. Everything I've read and pieced...
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    Re: Too early for syrup?

    I'm close to you and have been feeding since the first part of February. In fact I started with very thin sugar syrup (1 part sugar, almost 2 parts water). I've just recently changed to 1:1. I do...
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    Re: Drones seen today

    I saw capped drone cells about 10 days ago here in central Arkansas. Should have emerged by now.
  9. How much feed would bee pupae need . . .

    "How much feed would bee pupae need if bee pupae could need feed?" Sorry, I couldn't resist.

    What is the typical (or fastest) rate of stores consumption you've seen during a spring buildup (lbs...
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    Re: Hives are getting light fast

    Yes, I've tried the lift test, and it gives a good general idea. However, I guess I'd feel better knowing something about the rate at which they can go through their stores. A month ago, I...
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    Re: Hives are getting light fast

    Thanks for posting. I'll be a little more careful. How often should you check hives when stimulative feeding in the spring? Once a week, 10 days, two weeks? I hate to open them up when the...
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    Re: Check them soon!

    I checked my hive in the middle of January on a warm day. There were two deep frames each about half filled with covered brood on both sides then. I've seen drones all winter long and they've...
  13. Re: Method to remove queen cell from Rite Cell foundation.

    I would think a thin wire shorted across a battery would stay hot long enough to do the job.
  14. Thread: Mean dog

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    Re: Mean dog

    Maybe there was something worth protecting that day that's usually not there. I had a 100+ lb German Shepherd that was fine with others if I was there or if I was there with the wife and kids. But...
  15. Re: Clip queen's wing and Nuc under hive to catch swarms?

    She or the others might not go into the nuc. I had an attempted swarm with a clipped queen. The swarm was high up in a neighbor's tree. After 30 minutes or an hour, they realized the queen wasn't...
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    Re: Weather and Stores consumption

    Yes, I've often wondered about this as well. It seems like too warm, without nectar or pollen, causes too much activity and stores are depleted. Too cold means stores are depleted to keep the...
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    Stung Today (Sort of)

    Today was exceptionally warm with many flying so I checked out the hive. Everything seemed to go well, but they definitely didn't want me in there. I was fully suited up, so not to worry. I guess...
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    Re: X-Mass Queen

    Interesting. I'm seeing drones enter and leave my hive also. This being my first year, I thought they all should have been kicked out by now. I guess it's been warm enough here (north central...
  19. Thread: No Mites

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    No Mites

    I just did a mite count on a sticky board after the board was three days under the hive. I counted zero mites. I used a magnifying glass and went over the entire board carefully. Is this possible,...
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    Re: Why did they swarm?

    My April 26 package tried to swarm and get their independence on independence day. My queen was clipped so couldn't make the trip. After settling in a neighbor's tree about 40 feet off the ground,...
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    Re: SHB Study... NEED YOUR THOUGHTS

    Has anyone looked into the Sterilization Insect Technique for SHB? In essence, the technique irradiates very large numbers of the male insect which when released into the wild mates with females...
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    Re: No Smoke Beekeeping. Why?

    Can some of you describe how to know you're using too much smoke or that the smoke is too hot? I added a second deep to my hive two weeks ago and when I examined the bottom box today I couldn't...
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    Re: Arkansas heat

    I'm new at this and don't know what's normal. I hived a package on April 26 and have fed 1:1 continuously since then. They had drawn out about 8 frames on a deep two weeks ago when I added a second...
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    Re: SHB Larvae Elimination Techniques

    I'm a new beekeeper, but I've read you can freeze the frames for 24 or 48 hours. This should kill any adult SHB and their young. Then give the frames back to the bees. This might even save most of...
  25. Re: Frequency of feeding Sugar Water, need help!

    I'm new too, but I agree it shouldn't be a problem. However, I wonder if your feeder is leaking. My new package is taking about a gallon of 1:1 syrup every week to 10 days.
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