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    Re: Texas Drought?

    Man it is bad here in Austin. Everything is brown and hot enough to ignite if you blow on it. We have had 6.61in of rain since Jan 1, 2011. My garden is toast and my well is sputtering. And the...
  2. Thread: ventilation

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    Re: vwntilation

    I use screen bottom boards and i prop up the cover with a stick or stone, but this is only because i live in central TX where the heat index is astounding most of the summer. I close everything up in...
  3. Re: How Many Colonies to be Considered Hobbyist?

    (hŏb'ē)
    n., pl., -bies.
    An activity or interest pursued outside one's regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure.

    http://www.answers.com/topic/hobby

    If its your business it's...
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    Re: What is this?

    Yep. Check for long seed pods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalpa
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    Re: Rooftop hives: advice sought

    Heat. If it's a flat tar roof it's gonna get mighty hot up there.
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    Re: Foundation is curved, is it a problem?

    That right there is why i went to coated perico plastic foundation.
  7. Re: "The Bee Station" - A product that's getting a lot of attention

    at roughly 4.2 liters in vol not even AHB would choose it as a suitable home. Bet it attracts lots of wasps though.
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    Re: Help with my messy project

    You aren't supposed to split the brood nest like that. The best option in your case would have been to "nadir" the deep. Which is fancy speak for put it on the bottom and have the bees build down...
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    Re: Farmers Know Best

    This is way off topic to a beekeeping thread but since you seem so passionate about the subject perhaps I can help you understand why I said the things I did.
    Don't get me wrong. I try to eat as...
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    Re: Farmers Know Best

    To boost harvests and reduce losses due to pests. It's the only reason anyone ever puts chemicals on a crop, wether for profit or for food. Growing organic produce is a foolish luxury if you don't...
  11. Re: Setting up a new package with boxes from dead hives

    Do a single for the packages arranged as you described. Honey on the outside drawn but empty frames in the middle. You should never add a super until they are big enough to need it. Which is...
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    Re: Trap out question?

    Yeah you're gonna want to close up ALL other possible entrance spaces and make the cone their ONLY option. This can bee hard since they only need to bee able to squeeze one bee at a time through,...
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2011

    78744 3/28/2011 ChinaBerry, peach, pear, black mustard, henbit, dandylion, Wisteria
  14. Thread: Bees wax

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    Re: Bees wax

    Not enough to make it worth your while unless you're a big time producer. I've seen prices at $1.20 a lb. When i was looking into it i decided that i wanted to get about that rate per Oz to make it...
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    Re: Cut out in the rain

    Bee-vac is a must have, and what BigBore said. The one plus side of the inclement weather is that as you whittle down the numbers they will clump nicely for easy vacuuming. Be aware also that if your...
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    Re: Greetings from a NewBee in Texas

    Welcome. I think you'll find that beekeeing in TX has some different challenges than most places in the country but there is a high chance of success if you keep at it. The spring flow is almost...
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    Re: Howdy from South Texas

    Hey Sid,

    Welcome. I'm just north of you a few minutes in Manchaca. If you need any advice or want to see how i do things give me a call 512-762-3003 I can direct you to the local clubs and...
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    Re: Swarm Removal from Bee Tree

    You can always try a trap-out. Search the forums for the term trapout. There is tons of info on how to do it. I find it often provides better survival rates than any other form of removal.

    Wes~
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    Re: Cleaning Beeswax

    Just add the wax to a pot of water (make sure it is a totally disposable pot because it will never be the same) bring the water to a boil and scoop out any crud that floats to the surface once the...
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    Re: Austin, TX beekeeping supplies?

    None that i know of, and i've looked. There are folks here that will sell you used equip but i've just built most of my new equipment myself rather than pay shipping.
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    Re: Bee Hive - NEED HELP!

    If they react to someone getting close by buzzing you or bumping you or stinging then they are likely AHB, but AHB is not as rampant down here as some folks would have you believe. Most wild hives...
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    Re: Mucho bees in the wall...

    Do a trapout. It allows you to pull multiple nucs off of the established hive and is non-damaging to the workers like vacuuming them is. Read this whole thread.
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    Re: Bees killing birds

    I'm not bothered by hot bees. The way i see it they are better adapted or they wouldn't be so prolific. Plus i'll be having them raise a queen from a frame of Italian stock brood. You know you don't...
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    Re: Bees killing birds

    Had a call two days ago in Austin about a hive that moved into a tree and killed two Owl fledglings. They were a bit hot even during the midday investigation of the hive. I got bumped a few times...
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    Re: Wild hive - how do I capture it?

    Absolutely do the latter. Do the move at night to assure the relocation of as much of the workforce as possible. The bees will wake up in a new place and simply reorient. I have captured three hives...
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