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  1. Re: Using a blow dryer to uncap frames - pros and cons

    I will have to try it - it might work best with really fresh wax that is over only part of the frame?
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    Inexpensive extractor on eBay - no brand

    This year is the first I have extracted honey. I borrowed the extractor from my neighbor/beekeeping mentor three times this spring/summer. (Returned promptly, clean, with garden vegetables). My...
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    Re: Live Nyger Seed

    "Earlybird 50 Niger" is in the Willhite catalog, at www.willhiteseed.com. Willhite has many vegetable garden seeds, in particular hybrid corn, cantaloupe and watermelon varieties.

    Southern...
  4. Re: Bees using brood area for honey - no Brood!

    I checked to make sure yesterday, if there were brood they were very small, not more than a few days old, beyond my ability to see them. The same time I decided to give the queen in my most populous...
  5. Re: Bees using brood area for honey - no Brood!

    Thanks - I will check again more thoroughly, then either get a mail-order mated queen or give them a frame of new eggs from another hive. Queenlessness would also explain why no new comb, because no...
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    Re: Live Nyger Seed ?

    "Earlybird 50 Niger" is in the Willhite catalog, at www.willhiteseed.com. Willhite has many vegetable garden seeds, in particular hybrid corn, cantaloupe and watermelon varieties.

    Southern...
  7. Bees using brood area for honey - no Brood!

    One of my hives has a deep full of old comb, and I have given them a shallow with wax/wire foundation, which they have not drawn out yet in the last month. I was checking the supers and cleaning the...
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    Re: Southeast Texas Pollen in January

    Try here:

    NASA Map check both Texas and Louisiana in region 12.
    http://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/Honeybees/Forage.htm

    I think the Box elder (maple, Acer) and the willow (Salix) would be most...
  9. Re: Comb from cut-out - Do I let bees rob, or put it in the compost.

    I hear you about the AFB - I think I have given up on hygiene.

    What I did was put it in the compost on the side that is "resting" The bees can get in there, but the varmints can't open the box.
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  10. Comb from cut-out - Do I let bees rob, or put it in the compost.

    A couple days ago I cut a colony out of an electric box, and installed them in my apiary. I could not fit all the honey comb into the hive, so I crushed the honey out for me. I am considering...
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    Re: How to control over size of colony

    I move a frame of brood from the colony that is going gangbusters to one that is poking along. I started two colonies last year - the Italian one from a commercial breeder was very strong, but the...
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    Re: Transporting swarms on the motorcycle

    Congratulations on ownership of the Magna bike, and for commuting with it.

    IKEA and other stores have collapsible laundry baskets. IKEA has a spiral design, with a round lid, that you could...
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    Re: Bee Weaver bees....worth the price?

    I started beekeeping with an italian package from RWeaver, in late april,which really thrived. I bought a nuc from my Brazoria club, it just poked along. I replaced the queen with a buckfast from R...
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    Re: Land Managment for your bees

    Your forest patch will have its own group of flowering plants - those will supplement the wild flowers and crops on your neighbors land. Here in TX I have blackberry (late spring) wild grape (early...
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