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    Re: Can Regular Daily rain hurt

    Yep, its been like that here also and my colonies have weakened significantly. Plus it was cooler than normal and my splits have suffered also losing several even feeding them. Now, the mosquito...
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    Re: Deer Rifle thoughts please

    308 bolt
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    Re: Very simple IPM for hive beetles

    Better to place a small cookie pan under the #8 screen with a thin layer of mineral oil. that kills everything that drops through the #8 screen and plus the SHB themselves.
    I've been squeezing the...
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    Re: Plywood and a Rabbet

    I've also got plywood boxes and have for years. But its all scraps that I collect from trash bins and rolloffs.
    I only use 8 frame mediums so the last 2 years I have been purchasing 2x8's from Lowes...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Tablets

    I make my own with a pill pounder and have looked into and approached several compounding companies to make some. Their minimum was 2000lb#'s and they would have to use a lubricant which I'm not so...
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    Re: Slow start in Houston - thoughts? advice?

    Im 20 miles south of Houston and mine and my sons hives started brood rearing early and then those several cold snaps came in and he lost 1 to starvation and we both immediately put feeders on. Now...
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    Re: Best Topical for Bee Sting

    Scrape stinger 1st, apply small drop of bleach.
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    Re: Aggressive Top Bar Hives Dilemma

    Managing hot bees in urban or rural areas where people may come in contact with them is a bad situation. Aint worth it to me any longer and I suggest killing them out. But that's me. Takes time for...
  9. Thread: Tractor supply

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    Tractor supply

    Found out at my Bee Association meeting that tractor supply will have bee keeping supplies available!
    That will be nice when poor planning on my part causes me pains and aggravation.

    As anyone...
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    I wont lose any more colonies to the mites any longer!!
    It works and works well as I haven't lost 1 colony the last 2 years cause of Varroa. Now, SHB, that's a different story.
    It's forced me to...
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    OAV Finally registered

    OA is finally registered with the EPA as a treatment for honeybee colonies!!
    250+ positive comments from beekeepers and still coming in with only 1/2 doz against!!

    Thanks Brushy Mountain for your...
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    Re: OTS queen rearing book

    yes, well worth it and he will also answer any questions or he did for me.
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    Re: Kelley vs Dadant smoker

    16432I make my own and get better results. I use a Spradling type material for its flexibility and embers don't attack it like leather which gets a little stiff from the heat.
    Leakproof bellows...
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    Re: Hello from Texas

    Howdy tex!!
    You are amongst friends here with lots of knowledge to help.
    Just start asking and expect answers and differing opinions, which may be confusing but its just like raising cows or...
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    Re: Possible problem with split bottom frames

    I nail the ones closed that I purchased in the past.
    Yes, the beetles will hide there until the bees close it up.
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    Re: Best Way To Expand In Year Two?

    your#1 choice is what I would do in the summer or right before a major nectar flow if the colonies have 6-8 frames of brood.
    Do Mel's method of OTS queen rearing in nucs.
    Like he says, a 4 fold...
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    Re: Vaporizer made with pic and info

    Here is my latest and probably final version.
    5 minutes to boil off and battery is lasting longer.


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    Re: Dueling bee smokers

    I got extremely agitated about the bellows and how much they leak air causing me to pump more and exert more effort for smoke.
    I started making my own and now make them for friends and my son. If...
  19. Re: Where Do You Buy Gallon Jugs of Mineral Oil?

    I pay 1.99 a pint at krogers grocery store. CVS,Walgreens is also around that price.
    If my hives are level and tray is clean I only use about 1/16 to 1/8" of oil. If the beetles fall in they wont...
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    Re: Just don't know what to buy

    I've had bees for 50years plus. I use nothing now but 8 frame mediums with migratory covers, screened bottom boards with oil trays, all sitting on 8" concrete blocks 2 high with 4x4 cross members to...
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    Re: Texas Cottage Bill

    Tx's!!
    I sent this on to the proposal Team!!
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    Re: Texas Cottage Bill

    Texas Beekeepers Association and a Legislative Council in Austin will present it.
    It has my backing and at our next County association meeting we will be discussing the exemption proposal.
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    Texas Cottage Bill

    This proposal will be presented to Texas Legislature concerning small Beeks packaging honey.
    You Beeks in other states may have a comment to make on any issues or problems.
    Let us know.

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  24. Re: FYI: Had a Neighbor Visit the Bee Yard Last Night

    That's a lay up shot for sure! Supposedly every area in the US has them. But seeing one in daylight is a big plus!
    I call all snakes "King Cobra's" and all wild cats "Panthers". Don't care for...
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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    I bought his book also a few weeks ago. I read and reread and and every time I get some tip or advice that I overlooked in earlier reads.
    Lots and lots of great info.
    I'm gonna quit looking for the...
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