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    Saeed, I agree with Andrey. Lets...

    Saeed,

    I agree with Andrey.

    Lets concentrate on getting the bird house out of the hive.

    You will need a smoker veil and protective clothing. Heavy cotton twine and a sharp knife.
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    I can tell that I am not being heard. I have...

    I can tell that I am not being heard. I have said repeatedly that you cannot positively identify AHB by behavior alone. In fact, here is my quote <<<<AHB is not easy to detect. Even behavior is not...
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    I think perhaps if you have ever seen an...

    I think perhaps if you have ever seen an africanized hive react to the kick test you might be better able to understand the benefits of this test. The bees do not merely react as an aggressive EHB...
  4. Thread: Pics of my yard

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    I love the pink boxes! Or is it just my monitor?...

    I love the pink boxes! Or is it just my monitor?

    Whey
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    Dzug, You broke one of the bee rules. The...

    Dzug,

    You broke one of the bee rules. The standard is to move the bees either one foot OR one mile. Anything between causes them trouble.

    If I were you with only one hive I would make a...
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    I read the article. Seems the article is agreeing...

    I read the article. Seems the article is agreeing with me. http://beesource.com/ubb/smile.gif

    Here is a quote:

    <<<<<<Develop more precise colony evaluation techniques for field...
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    Barry, I could not disagree more. The kick...

    Barry,

    I could not disagree more. The kick test is reliable to test for AGRESSIVENESS not AHB. And agressiveness is what I need to asses quickly. (not in two weeks after collecting 100 bees and...
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    Audrey, Welcome! AHB are more protective of...

    Audrey,

    Welcome!

    AHB are more protective of the hive and get more agitated than EHB as a rule. They also seem to stay agitated longer.

    I suspected that my hive had become africanized when...
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    Saeed, Your foundation should be as straight...

    Saeed,

    Your foundation should be as straight as possible. Perhaps your wires are not tight enough?

    You could also take some of the comb from the bird house and tie it to frames with cotton...
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    I guess I am the only beekeeper from the...

    I guess I am the only beekeeper from the Southwest, right?

    Or, did I bring up that one subject that beekeepers refuse to talk about?

    Whey
  11. Thread: bee stings

    by Whey
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    I have found that taking an antihistamine...

    I have found that taking an antihistamine immediately after a sting will prevent swelling. I only do this if I get stung on the face near the eyes, nose or lips. I just do not want my eye swollen...
  12. Badwolf, I have never had any type of bee but...

    Badwolf,

    I have never had any type of bee but the Buckfast. I will not be able to compare between the other races but I can tell you what I know about the Buckfast.

    The Buckfast is a hardy...
  13. Thread: drawing out comb

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    gmh, Wait until you collect your first swarm. ...

    gmh,

    Wait until you collect your first swarm. Swarms draw comb faster than even boxed bees. It will boggle your mind. It sure did mine.

    Glad to see you enjoying beekeeping. It is a great...
  14. Thread: Making Queens

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    I have been reading about the Miller Method of...

    I have been reading about the Miller Method of Queen rearing. It sounds like the way I will go. Does not seem to require much skill or equipment! LOL

    I do have one question. How do I get the...
  15. Thread: Making Queens

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    First I would like to know if raising my own...

    First I would like to know if raising my own queens is cost effective. I only have 14 hives and it seems that a good bit of equipment will be needed.

    I also would like to know how many hive's...
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    I have only been keeping bees about 5 yrs. When...

    I have only been keeping bees about 5 yrs. When I first started I read a few articles about raising queens and decided it was way over my head and ordered my queens from Weavers.

    NOW I think I...
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    I live in East Texas. We have mild winters here....

    I live in East Texas. We have mild winters here. I think my bees can make it on one deep and one medium. I plan to give it a try anyway. I caught EIGHT huge swarms this spring and flat ran out...
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    Have to agree with Mainely on his post. This is...

    Have to agree with Mainely on his post. This is the easiest to use forum on the net and I expect it to really take off. But in the mean time.....lets post some topics and generate some traffic here...
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    I would be interested in hearing from beekeepers...

    I would be interested in hearing from beekeepers in Texas or the Southwest concerning AHB. I am in a quarantined county in Texas and cannot move my bees into non-quarantined counties. That is about...
  20. Thread: Adding Super

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    I too was wondering if there is a rule of thumb...

    I too was wondering if there is a rule of thumb out there considering adding supers. The first super I just plunk on top at the beginning of the season after I rotate my brood chambers. When do I...
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