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    Varroa and Colony Collapse

    This is an interesting article connecting a virus carried by varroa mites with colony collapse:
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    Re: I ruined a hive!

    The only change i made in the set up was to install a Rubes Bottom Board on both hives; the one that died off was weaker from the beginnning, but both were doing exceptionally well, given their...
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    I ruined a hive!

    This is one to learn from; the weather here near Fort Worth has been getting warmer, 70's in the daytime; a little cold at night (mid 40's). They had a great brood pattern and were bringing in pollen...
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    Re: Tax break

    Agriculture Exemptions will vary from state to state; in Texas you CAN get a property tax exemption for beekeeping. You must meet several criteria to get it, and there may be some discrepancies...
  5. Thread: ag exemption?

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    Re: ag exemption?

    Avalon, the short answer is; yes you can get an ag exemption in Texas. The long answer is that there are several conditions that have to be met; multiple hives, apiary registration....

    I did some...
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    Re: Extra brood comb; what to do?

    Currently one box brood nests and plenty of stores; and 20 frames of new wax foundation in the garage. My queens are laying well; if i put an empty box on top of each hive, will they fill it up and...
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    Extra brood comb; what to do?

    I have 10 extra frames of brood comb I had intended to use for two swarm traps. Now I am thinking that i should put an extra brood box on my stronger hive, hoping the queen will lay up there, then...
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    Re: Lemon Grass Oil

    Your local health food or vitamin store should have some too!
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    Re: My dog killed a sick(?) rabbit

    I would think your rabbit had distemper. You might have your dog checked for it. I had a dog that survived with treatment, but it can leave permanent damage.
  10. Thread: Hot freezer

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    Re: Hot freezer

    Removing the freon is just to insure that it doesn't leak out at some point; not necessary to warming the honey.
  11. Thread: pickle smell

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    Re: pickle smell

    I have some thoughts that may be useful;

    Pickles are highly acidic; honey is more acid than sugar and heavy sugar feeding is thought to be detrimental be bee health. Putting liquid sugar in the...
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    Re: Interesting story from down under

    The article is about the Tasmanian Leatherwood honey harvest. Very interesting. I figured the link was safe, coming from a beek you know! ;)
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    Re: making moving screens... see pic..

    It also helps prevent the bees from piling up at the entrance, stopping it up and causing the hive to overheat.
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    Re: making moving screens... see pic..

    The angle portion helps the bees find their way through the screen into the hive, and helps prevent them from exiting.
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    Re: ??Ventilation Problem??

    Thank you both; I did prop up the outer cover on the "dying" hive and i'll see if that makes a difference. The entrance is reduced to 3/4 wide...3/8 tall. Thanks for the reminder though!
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    ??Ventilation Problem??

    I live in North central Texas; temps low 30's to upper 40's daily right now. Generally overcast, humidity unknown. I have two hives, both fairly strong and well fed going into winter; one has SBB,...
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    Re: Box Joint cutting machine YouTube Video

    Search for "Haunching Machine" and you'll get a thread discussing this; i don't know how to attach the link!
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    Re: Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas!!
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    Re: Comb Maintenance Best practices

    Chip,

    from one new beek to another, I think this is good advice; the primary concerns about storing comb are mold, moths and mice. Outside is OK as long as they are stored in an airy, dry place...
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    Agave Nectar OK for Bee Food?

    We have about a gallon of Agave Nectar hanging around the house; we aren't that impressed with it as a sweetener and I thought it might be good for bee food.

    Thoughts anyone?
  21. Thread: New from Texas

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    Re: New from Texas

    Thanks everyone,

    It is good to be here! I hope to be able to contribute to the conversation as time goes on.
  22. Thread: New from Texas

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    New from Texas

    Hello from Granbury Texas!

    I've been lurking for several weeks and thought it was about time to get acquainted. I got my first hive a couple of months ago, and I am thoroughly bitten with the...
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    Re: Dangerous Honey

    Thanks for the article; it was very informative!
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    Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    I think you've got an extractor there that works and you've had a lot of fun building it! Anything else required?
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    Re: winter frame storage

    That should be good, it'll keep the mice from building nests, too! I'm going to store mine that way this year too.
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