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  1. Thread: CCD Cutout??

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    Re: CCD Cutout??

    There were no bees at all. Only robbers that showed up when we opened the wall. The brood comb was decomposed, and pretty much all the honey was granulated. There was some evidence of robbing but not...
  2. Thread: CCD Cutout??

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    CCD Cutout??

    I did a cutout in the wall of a house yesterday 2/7/15 near ElCampo Texas. When the wall was opened, there was a 6 x 6' section of hive full of granulated honeycomb AND NO BEES and no bee bodies. I...
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    Re: First swarm of 2015

    Me too, especially when I see how much packages cost!
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    Re: First swarm of 2015

    1568915690I did post a pic in the "please post your swarm dates" permanent thread. it's a sticky at the top of the general "Bee Forum". Will try and post another pic or two here.
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    First swarm of 2015

    Got a call and retrieved my first swarm of the season today here in South Texas. About the size of a volleyball with a nice big orange queen. This is super early even for us.

    But we haven't had a...
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    Re: Under a fallen tree

    You can repair the fence when the temp drops to 50 or below and the bees will be clustered in the hive. I just mowed right in front of 7 hives today with my riding mower and all the girls did was a...
  7. Thread: October Queen

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    Re: October Queen

    I just did a cutout today in Halletsville, Tx. and the hive was full of drones. They were everywhere.
  8. Thread: Combine?

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    Re: Combine?

    With that much honey, why won't both hives be fine? You might insulate them externally, and install a follower board to reduce cluster space to keep warm. Can't you also feed during the winter on...
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    Re: Hive Demise and what to do with comb?

    Freeze all the bars with comb for a couple days to kill any unwanted pests, then store them in a large sealed plastic bag like a giant ziplock. Keep them cool and away from pests (rats, mice,...
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    Re: 1 bar observation hive

    It's a ventilation hole covered with #8 hardware cloth - 8 holes to the inch like used on bee packages. It's screened on the inside allowing me to put a wet sponge for water if it's going to be hot.
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets? = Dead Hive - Now What?

    I agree about freezing and saving the comb. After it's frozen for a couple days you can store it in a box inside to free freezer space.

    Duct tape works great to cover gaps and holes long enough...
  12. Thread: TBH Build

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    Re: TBH Build

    Now you need all the bars, then another hive and bars, then a nuc or two, then swarm traps, then queen breeding nucs. You are off to a great start - beautiful hive. Now get to building more. One hive...
  13. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    You were supposed to only use their brand of factory bees. Ill bet you didn't read the directions;)
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    Re: New Bee with Follower Board Question

    I always use follower boards so the bees have less space to weatherize and defend. It also reduces my cutouts and swarms absconding, while allowing hive expansion as the colony grows into the full...
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    Re: New Bee with Follower Board Question

    I have removed many bee colonies from house walls where the bees were under, on top, or had eaten through the tar paper, so it doesnt seem to hurt the bees. But tar paper is fragile, so will rip as...
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    Re: 1 bar observation hive

    Thanks.

    The frame sides and bottom are 2x4. The bottom is screwed to a piece of plywood for the base. The viewing area is plexiglass screwed to the frame. The top of the frame is 2 pieces of 1x1...
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    1 bar observation hive

    I did a continuing education class on top bar beekeeping last night. I built a 1 bar display case to take the bar with the queen so folks could see her on a comb. The comb worked out great, with open...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    Even if the hole saw was slightly larger, I could glue them in with silicone or gorilla glue or epoxy. Might as well try some experimenting;)
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    Re: Best time to do a cut out?

    In this situation whenever you have time, but be prepared for it to take twice as long as you think.

    For structure removals i generally calculate estimated number of hours for removal, plus add 1...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    I echo Ray. Thanks for the update and sharing.

    I may try and find a hole saw of the right size so I can inset the rings in the holes so nothing protrudes when I move my hives in and out of my...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    How are the rings attached to the hive bottom? Are they in the holes, glued to the bottom over the holes? I can't see from the pictures.
  22. Re: Tips for finding the queen in a vacuum bucket or box

    Thanks for the replies. Ill try the box idea.

    I did cut out the middle of a 5gallon bucket lid with and cut a QE to fit over the hole. Tried it today and the bees just stayed at the "top" (which...
  23. Tips for finding the queen in a vacuum bucket or box

    I had a cutout hive abscond today, and got some cool swarm video footage. The bees clustered on a tree branch about 20' up. I was able to vacuum them up with my bucket vac, but then spent 2 hours...
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    Re: spider eating bees

    I've trained my black widows to eat only small hive beetles:D

    But I did get video of a praying mantis fighting my bees. At one point she had a bee in each front claw. She let them both go when...
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    Re: Removal triple play

    You win the prize MrBeeman.

    Don't know if the first hive died from pesticides, soapy water, or what. But a swarm reclaimed the property. This is an old farmhouse that is sporadically visited by...
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