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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    Thank you for the detailed method! I will try something similar on my next batch. I don't want to weaken my existing colonies populating more mating nucs this early, so I'll give it another shot...
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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    I need to mention so everyone doesn't think I'm completely insane, that this early we have had good conditions to start grafting. We've had a good span of days with highs above 60. Bees are...
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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    I used the "Pick the ones that look about the same size as an egg and not curled into a C" method. That would mean that some of the larvae I grafted were 2 to 3 days old on graft day? I thought 2...
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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    Ok, an update. I grafted on 2/8, so 10 days from grafting is today. When I went to get the 13 cells, it looked like 3 were open, 2 were torn down, and 8 still capped. I actually found 3 virgins...
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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    I made the same bet this past weekend, when the 10 forecast looked great for Houston. Now, I'm looking at a high of 46 next Wednesday, 10 days from grafting. Any concerns with moving them to nucs a...
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    Re: Moving a Hive in February

    I just moved a couple this week in the Houston, TX area. I closed them the evening prior and moved them around midday. Take it slow over any bumpy terrain. One item that I didn't think of, but...
  7. Re: Where to buy non-neonicotinoid plants in Texas?

    Murf, I'm in Cypress. Find a good family-owned plant center. On the NW side, we have Plants for All Seasons and The Arbor Gate, both great. They'll listen to your questions and help you find just...
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    Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    Yes, it's disappointing that the current cottage law allows you to make candy or muffins with your honey and sell them at farmer's markets, but you can't bottle your honey. You can even sell...
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    Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    I just saw this today: http://txbeeinspection.tamu.edu/beekeepers/honey/

    My prior understanding was that honey in Texas was a raw product, like a cucumber and didn't require a commercial kitchen...
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    Re: SHB Larva drowned?

    Hive tool? Boot?
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    Re: Old Man Grafting

    My wife gives me a hard time and calls me an old man when I'm wearing bifocals and still can't see. Sorry if I offended anyone, that wasn't my intention.

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    Old Man Grafting

    My wife thought it would be funny to take a picture of me looking under my bifocals while grafting. 12 out of 20 isn't too shabby!
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    Re: Another first in the bee yard.

    Narcoleptic?
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    Re: Lost a good one. Rip soupcan

    Brian,

    My condolences for your loss. My son received a kidney transplant 4 years ago, when he was 8. Every day since, whether he's playing soccer again or just smiling on a Sunday morning, I'm...
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    Re: Sharing my Favorite Wne/Mead recipe

    Ben, doesn't the vitamin C affect the fermentation? I've always looked for juice that does not have it added.

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    Re: handles

    Spinner, this year I tried the same process instead of reaching for my template and router. I'm very happy with the results and the time savings. I set up a front and rear stop on my fence and just...
  17. Re: Looking for land to relocate 2 to 3 hives to in Cypress/Houston, Tx

    I wish I could help you, but I already have 3 in my small back yard. It's pretty strange seeing my small town listed here on Beesource!

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    Re: "What is Varroa good for?"

    Varroa!
    HUH! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
    What is it good for?
    Absolutely nothing! Say it again, yall!
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    Re: To each their own but...

    Hey, he may be on to something. Instead of spending money making swarm traps and gas/time to check them, he's giving a finder's fee to have his entire Craigslist area look for swarms. This is still...
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    Re: New Queen Gone Wild??

    Yet another update. We added a frame of brood with a queen cell from another hive in early August. It looks like they finally let a queen emerge. It's pretty small, but will keep this hive viable...
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    Re: Do workers die while evicting drones?

    Update: I caught a few (worker and drone) in a jar to look for mites. Sure enough, 2 of 5 have an adult mite visible with the naked eye. This may be a sign of bad things to come. We may try a...
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    Re: Do workers die while evicting drones?

    Joseph, are you saying one strong colony is fighting another strong colony or that the bees within a strong colony are fighting each other?
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    Re: Do workers die while evicting drones?

    Mark, that's what I thought. I caught a few in a mason jar to see if I could find some mites or other ailments to explain the massacre. I don't see anything at this point. I had a similar incident...
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    Do workers die while evicting drones?

    I have a lot of dead/dying bees in front of one of my hives. Most are drones, but there are some workers dying, too. Do the workers sting the drones while evicting, thus also killing said workers?...
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    Re: Best hive for backyard hobbyist?

    Do you have any problems with SHB control with all that available space?
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