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  1. Re: Have you ever caught a swarm with a marked queen?

    Last year, I did a cutout from a soffit on bees that had swarmed there about 2 weeks earlier, found a marked queen busily laying. As far as I know, my friend still has the bees and queen.
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    Re: diy extractor question

    A drill will work, but I found that a motor from a treadmill will allow much more control over the speed. The control circuit input is AC and converts the power to DC to drive the motor. This...
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    Re: Queen with spotty brood

    If she is laying a spotty brood pattern in her second year, do you really want to continue that bloodline?
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    Re: Hot hive solution

    Will queens produced and mated in the same yard get you any less aggressive queens? I have had mixed results doing this same thing. I think the availability of good drones is the determining factor.
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    Re: First bees from cut down

    I'm doing the same thing, although I plan on adding a frame of open brood on Monday, to help entice the queen up into the hive box.
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    Re: feeding new bee packages. .....

    I would hold off on buying more sugar unless you want to store it for awhile, 2 packages just don't take that much.
  7. Re: Small scale extraction set up? Up to 20 hives..

    I would definitely get a motorized extractor in your case, but pumps, heaters and such are not needed. I put a gate on a 5 gallon bucket and used that for a bottling tank for years. I still store up...
  8. Re: Are drone bees fertile right after hatching?

    Radar is correct, if you sample a drone as you would for collecting semen, you will see that semen takes 10 to 14 days to be mature in drones.
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    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    If you are expecting to see a cell that looks like a grafted egg in a cell base with many thousand bees to care for it, I think you will be waiting a long time. I would worry more about having enough...
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    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    I think this queen cell looks fine. Most cells that are not on queen cell bases, or that have not had the bottom portion of the cell walls removed, look like this cell. Since the cell is capped...
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    Re: Anyone use Dadant's "economy" frames?

    I have bought hundreds and have never had an issue.
  12. Re: Here is a video of the Activity at my hive. Are they about to swarm?

    Looks like an orientation flight.
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    Re: Howdy from North Texas (Texoma area)

    Welcome Boomhawr, I am from the Fort Worth area, so we will have a lot of the same conditions. Don't be a stranger. Ron
  14. Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    In your particular area, there is a date you can say each year that the flow is over. At the end of the flow there will be loads of bees with nothing to do. Take at least one split off each of your...
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    Re: Strong Hopelessly Queenless NUC

    I've never seen this happen in a queenless hive, there must be a queen in there somewhere.
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    Re: Splitting an requeening question

    OK, I live in North Texas and deal with the same problems you do. This is some of the things I would do. First, I would requeen the nucs, so I wouldn't need to deal with very defensive bees as a full...
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    Re: Should I stop feeding?

    The bees will probably store the sugar water in the super, which is OK if you are leaving it for winter feed. Normally bees can find enough to support themselves unless a severe dearth is on. Fall...
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    Re: Feeding nucs during dearth?

    I put robbing screens on all nucs. I have had no problems with robbing, and have seen on ill effects on the bees in the nuc. They adjust to walking down the inside of the screen in less than a day. I...
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    Re: spacer between honey super and brood box?

    Bees observe bee space, they will draw comb and fill it with honey if a flow is on.
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    Re: Can anyone tell me what's happening?

    Is it possible that you have a colony of bees somewhere in the walls or ceiling of your building?
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    I always start with gloves ON. I may switch to Nitrile or take them off altogether, but I always start with gloves, I hate sausage fingers.
  22. Thread: Mesquites

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    Re: Mesquites

    Yes, I have beans and blooms both, I also take honey around July 4 as the flow is normally over by now. I have empty supers on and will check tomorrow, I may have to wait until late in July to pull...
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    Re: Question about Ultra Breeze Veil

    Yes, the fencing veil does occasionly get back against my chin, and I have been stung thru the veil on some of those occasions, normally when in an awkward position, or when the wind is blowing and I...
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    Re: Ventilated Bee Suit Recommendation

    UltraBreeze all the way. No problems, easy to get in and get out, really helps in the hot summer days in Texas.
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    Re: Protective suite

    Then you could always use a bungee cord around your waist to make sure the seal between pants and jacket is complete. I've used one for years and never had an issue.
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