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    Significance, if any, of early drones?

    I noticed today, for the first time, that drones are exiting my hive. The hive is active when the weather permits, and is producing new worker bees. I plan to conduct another inspection soon, but...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    78602: Central Texas

    Wild plum, Meyer lemon, some dandelions,
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    Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    I have read the ads for Swarm Commander and wonder, does it really work?

    Has anyone used it?
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    Re: Bee-Havior Change With The Time Of Year?

    Sounds like the answer is either 'No', or 'We do not know'.

    In any case, there were so many angry bees that the suit needs to be cleaned for sure!
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    Bee-Havior Change With The Time Of Year?

    Does the behavior of a colony of bees change with the time of year? I just did an inspection of my (only) hive and they were very aggressive and unhappy. All of last year the colony was very mild,...
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    Do Bees Move Sugar Syrup Arou nd?

    This spring I have been feeding quite heavily, with my bees avidly taking everything I give them. They are using some for comb, but also have some stored. They are presently bringing in loads of...
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    TWO WIVES??? Talk about stress!
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    Re: Hive Stands & Ant's

    1. Hive Stands: I began with blocks, but soon built a hive stand from left over treated 4x4 for both the legs and cross members. Spaced the cross members so a frame just fits between them. No...
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    Re: Slatted bottom rack question....

    Michael

    I have two deep frames from a nuc last year but use only medium boxes. I built a 3" shim, but it leaves space beneath the medium frames where the bees are building comb on the bottom of...
  10. Re: November bee retrieval: How give them the best chance to make it through the wint

    I agree.
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

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    Is It Necessary to Remove Robber Screens?

    Is it necessary to remove robber screens, or can they be left on year around? Mine allow a single bee to enter from each end, which may restrict traffic too much when the hive is really booming? ...
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    Re: Entrance reducer laying on the ground

    I had 2 reducers pushed out, one clear to the ground, the second open at one end. Too late I discovered the hive had been robbed out. I think the robber bees were so numerous they just shoved them...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    1-29-15 Bastrop, TX 78602

    Bees bringing in so much pollen they are dropping it on the landing board. Pale yellow, probably from Virginia juniper (called cedar here in TX).
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    Final Report:

    Moved the martin house with no problem and left it until January 15 when it got warm here for a few days. Robovaced the bees and cut out the comb, installed in a medium box with 5...
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    Re: Accidental Beehive

    Good to see someone else has this challenge. I recently rescued a martin house with bees in one compartment. Probably 6x6x6. Decided to just restrict the opening to about 1"x3/4" and leave them...
  17. inserting sugar blocks into rescued colony in martin house?

    Ok, I know this is strange.

    I recently retrieved a colony in a martin house that was causing problems (the bees, not the house!). The colony is in only one of the compartments of the martin...
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    Re: How Long To Feed Going Into Winter?

    The hive was decimated in the summer by a pesticide kill, including the queen. Lost probably 1/2 of the bees. Requeened in July. The current configuration of the hive is one 8 frame medium box,...
  19. Re: November bee retrieval: How give them the best chance to make it through the wint

    When I removed the front panel from the martin house this is what I found:

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    The compartment is about 6x6x6 and is completely packed with honey and bees.

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    This is the backside of the...
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    How Long To Feed Going Into Winter?

    Due to several problems my hive was somewhat weak with little stores this year. I started feeding 2:1 in early Sept., in an effort to build up the population. It seemed to work well and the hive is...
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    It Looks Like Bees Love Rosemary!

    I decided to plant a hedge of rosemary near my bee yard today, with very interesting results. I simply took a lot of cuttings from a bush I have and put them into the ground in a bed that is 4'x30'....
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    Upon further examination I think the front can be removed after taking out 4 screws. Looking at the entrance tonight the bees are packed in the entrance, which causes me to think the interior is...
  23. Re: November bee retrieval: How give them the best chance to make it through the wint

    No, it is heavy shrink wrap plastic. . It is my attempt to keep SHB larva from making it to the dirt. Do not know if it works, but it can't hurt.
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    Just got back from the retrieval. They are honey bees, a small colony that appears to be completely occupying one compartment of the martin house, to the point of overflowing. They were not...
  25. November bee retrieval: How give them the best chance to make it through the winter?

    Just got a call about bees in a martin house. They have been there for several months, possibly 5 or 6. I have not seen it yet. If they are not removed they will be sprayed.

    I know they will...
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