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  1. Re: How long should Painted hives be left to dry before using them

    Latex surfaces stick to each other for a long time. I rub paraffin or beeswax on all the edges and reapply periodically to make it easier to separate the boxes.
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    Re: Central Texas Specific Help

    My bees are about 2 hrs SE of you near Weimar. Not familiar with the local gardening schedule but it is probably a good indicator depending on your location. Probably will have to feed them to get...
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    Re: Ultrabreeze suit/leg length input needed

    I would suggest giving them an inseam measurement and see if they will make that for you. I am 5'10" and I have to wear 9" boots to keep my ankles from getting exposed. It's a great suit.
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    Re: Sugar Water Spray?

    I always use smoke but I also use sugar spray on more hot hives when I am looking for the queen. It helps keep the bees from being so runny. A little drop of some EO helps confuse them but not HBH...
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    No special secret in working barehanded. The temperament of the bees is the primary criteria. Dexterity is much better but like DJhoney says, keep some gloves in your pocket.
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    Re: vented bee suit

    I got an Ultra breeze a couple of years ago and love it. Handled some very aggressive bees with it and no problems. The weakness I have noticed on some of the imports is where the veil zippers and...
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    Re: Africanized bees

    If you do an archives search you will be occupied for days on AHB threads with some very good information.
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    Re: Getting the Bees off of you

    If they don't leave me alone after 100 yds from the hive they get the Deep Woods OFF (25% DEET). It's part of my bee tool box. The Ultra-breeze is one of the best purchases I have made.
  9. Thread: Heat stroke

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    Re: Heat stroke

    Emergen-C which you can get at Wal-Mart, cooconut milk & pedialite can help. I mix a packet of Emergen-C in my bottle of water before I go out & again every 3 hours or so. When I was first advised...
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    Re: Winter Feeding on the Gulf Coast

    Houston is about 50 miles from the coast & my bees are a little west of here about 70 miles from the coast. Most beeks I know locally only feed syrup in the winter. I feed mine about 1 1/2:1 in the...
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    Re: Aggressive Bees - I'm looking for help!

    I keep my bees on a stand 18" off the ground for skunks but I would try Becky's suggestion first. I am in AHB territory & over time & several supercedures AHB drones will eventually affect hive...
  12. Thread: lost a hive

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    Re: lost a hive

    I wouldn't junk the equipment but would certainly start over. The challenge will be how to be more proactive so you can intervene if they begin to have problems. There is no one who has not lost...
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    Re: bees watching the house doors again.

    I've had experienced beeks tell me their bees come & politely buzz them when they need something. I notice they don't talk about it much in crowds. You could be a bee whisperer & just not realize...
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    Re: No stages larvae,beetle , moth

    Have you seen any capped brood? Is the hive fairly populated? It is not unusual to see one or several hive beetles in the hive. The moths come around daily looking for weak hives. A strong hive is...
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    Re: To requeen or not?

    Give them more time. The first new brood should just be emerging & the new nurse bees should start to draw wax soon. You have plenty of time in your location to build for winter. I put drone comb...
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    Re: Marked my first queen

    Congratulations & good job. Your vigilance paid off.
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    Re: Locating the queen

    It takes practice & patience to find a queen especially in a difficult hive. If your not completely protected from stings, it is hard to be patient. Sometimes I use a squirt bottle with light syrup...
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    Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    I spray my Ultra-breeze suit & golden bee jacket zippers with silicone to keep them lubricated which helps a lot.
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    Re: Texas Summer Heat

    Struggle is right. I've had 2 surplus harvests in the past 6 six years with all the droughts & all. The urban beeks have done better but I'm in a more rural location. My hives are under partial...
  20. Thread: feeding ?

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    Re: feeding ?

    Not familiar with your area but I would err on the side of keeping the feed on. They will stop taking it if there is an abundance of nectar. It gets harder to get them to draw comb as the season...
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    Re: Finding the Queen

    Even experienced beeks can have trouble finding queens. I need to find the queen when I am re-queening or wanting to check for supercedure otherwise Michael's advice is the best way to check good...
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    Re: top entrance, slatted bb

    A. Bee space being approx 3/8 inch and as long as the space between top of frames & bottom board meets bee space it would work. More than bee space = burr comb. Less than bee space = propolis.
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  23. Re: Third Week Inspection: Time to Stop With These

    and drink some electrolytes. I use Emergen-C. Comes in little packets you just put it in your water & shake. Widely available including Wal-Mart. Pedialyte works too but I don't like the taste.
  24. Thread: Ants and SBB

    by John D.
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    Re: Ants and SBB

    I use the same principle except without a Vivaldi board. By taping a piece of window screen over the inner cover hole above the feeder I can keep the lid propped slightly & stop the ants & SHB from...
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    Re: Is this a joke?

    One of the officers at a bee club I attend gets a lot of calls from the county referring him to swarms. He said he decided to give "drumming" a try. His report was that it doesn't always work but...
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