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    Re: Pledge to be a BSA Beekeeping Mentor

    I pledge that I will be a BSA beekeeping mentor if they reinstate the merit badge. I also will offer the support of the Alamo Area Beekeepers Association, San Antonio, TX in a myriad of ways...
  2. Thread: Ultra Breeze

    by RonS
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    Re: Ultra Breeze

    I bought one a couple of years ago after getting tired of stings and sweat. Best purchase that I have made in quite a while. I have recommended this full bee suit to newbees and old-timers alike....
  3. Thread: Drawn Comb

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    To produce wax, the young bees must have ample...

    To produce wax, the young bees must have ample nurishment. Make sure that you are feeding a 2 part sugar to one part water mix. Pollen substitute is also a good idea if there are insufficient blooms...
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    We have a high number of hot captured swarms near...

    We have a high number of hot captured swarms near San Antonio. The president of our Association recommends requeening at about the stage that you are at. You have to be careful in doing it as...
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    I live in south Texas. We have several of these...

    I live in south Texas. We have several of these vines growing, but I have not noticed any bees working them. I wish that they would. We do have several hummingbirds enjoying the feast.
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    I am.

    I just started feeding pollen patties, but then it is a lot warmer here in south Texas.
  7. Thread: Fall feeding/meds

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    Feed As Needed

    I just fed all three hives again. This has not been a good year, like last year and the year before. I have had to feed consistently from September. In south Texas, it is not yet cold and at my...
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    A lot of fiction, some fact

    I have a niece that is a sugar beet geneticist in Michigan. When I saw the original post, I sent it to her for comment. This is what she said:

    I asked the pathologist and my major advisor about...
  9. Wisdom from this forum is to remove the full...

    Wisdom from this forum is to remove the full supers all at one time. Anytime that there is exposed honey in a bee yard things will get unpleasant very quickly. Bees will follow you for a very long...
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    Fishdude, This has happened to me several...

    Fishdude,

    This has happened to me several times while wearing my old cheap bee suit. When I looked down, my chin would brush against my veil. The bees would get me then, but only with a glancing...
  11. Thread: Abject failure

    by RonS
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    beegee, Something you mentioned in your...

    beegee,

    Something you mentioned in your original message got my attention. You said that beetles and wax moths had already settled in. You had the nuc together only for a maximum of five days when...
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    I purchased the seed from this forum. I received...

    I purchased the seed from this forum. I received a packet with enough seed to grow a forest (the seeds are tiny). Planted a palm full last fall and darned near every one of them sprouted. I planted...
  13. Thread: extractor advice

    by RonS
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    BeeGood, I use a manual 1930s basket style...

    BeeGood,

    I use a manual 1930s basket style extractor that weighs a ton. It has large metal gears, but works great. I painted it with several coats of food-grade epoxy and sealed it well. With two...
  14. Thread: I'm Feeding

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    I'm Feeding

    I started feeding day before yesterday. We are in a persistent drought with no nectar flow in my area. Some other south Texas areas are having a pretty good Spring, but in the "hill country,"...
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    Well, this is not going to be popular, but once...

    Well, this is not going to be popular, but once you have done the cut-out or trapping or whatever method of removal you anticipate, placing strips of Hot Shot no pest strips (cut into managable...
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    Agree with Beaches. As long as they will take the...

    Agree with Beaches. As long as they will take the syrup, they need it.
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    LittleBeeHive, You do not have to remove the...

    LittleBeeHive,

    You do not have to remove the newspaper as the bees will take care of it. Next inspection, just pull off what is left, usually only arround the edges.

    What did you do with the...
  18. Africanized Bees--Maybe

    Jeffrey,

    Both of us capture swarms in South Texas. We both know that a majority of these swarms are likely F1 or worse hybrids. I disagree with the Beek that indicated because the bees were near...
  19. Thread: Mowing

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    Hayseed, Just when we think we got one over on...

    Hayseed,

    Just when we think we got one over on the spouse, she shows us that she read us the whole way. That story was funny.
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    I had one hive that disappeared while I was...

    I had one hive that disappeared while I was deployed. On my return, the moths had done a job on the comb. I used the jet setting on a hose sprayer to clean each frame. The affected cells were blown...
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    I have tried introducing HSC without much...

    I have tried introducing HSC without much success. If there is any way to build comb the old fashioned way, my bees will do it. My mistake was using the nuc frames of drawn comb and brood too long...
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    The issue is the chicken or the egg. Do bees...

    The issue is the chicken or the egg. Do bees swarm because of overcrowding, or overcrowd because they have decided to swarm? Walt Wright advises that the latter is the overwhelming reason for...
  23. Thread: Checking Hive

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    Conventional wisdom is 7-10 days.

    Conventional wisdom is 7-10 days.
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    Ross, Thanks for your response. I went out...

    Ross,

    Thanks for your response. I went out Monday after work to collect a swarm. A fellow called asking if I could save them. I drove 25 miles only to find that the swarm had moved on, leaving...
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    I have an Ultra-Breeze. I read all the posts...

    I have an Ultra-Breeze. I read all the posts about the very, very long delivery time for the Golden Bee and made my choice based on that and the referrals from this site. I am more than happy with my...
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