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    Re: cappings and more for mead making

    We make 10 - 15 gallons of mead from our cappings wash after extracting, it needs to be diluted to get to an acceptable SG. I don't believe the pollen in the wash water provides any significant...
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    Re: Ideas To Prevent Top Bar Cross Comb

    The best way to prevent cross comb is to manage your hive. Get in there and make sure the first 5 or so bars get drawn good and straight then keep a straight piece of comb towards the back of the...
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    Re: bee stings

    Gravity and the movement of retained fluid into areas with softer tissue, looser skin. The path of least resistance.
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    Re: Bad Luck with Africanized bees ??

    Realize that NONE of the bees you saw in the hive came from the queen added 3 weeks ago. The bees you were dealing with were overwintered in Illinois (likely not Africanized). Only 20 - 30 stings =...
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    Re: How is the best way to spot the queen?

    The top bar gives you space to divide and conquer, you don't need a spare box.

    It's mostly movement I'm looking for and the obviously elongated abdomen. One technique that is helpful is to pull...
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    Re: Remedy for a nuc with a laying worker?

    I agree and, I resemble that remark! Working with 3 or 4 frame mating nucs and queen cells, it happens - 20 - 30 splits at a time and they get left. About 90% end up with a mated queen and the ones...
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    Re: Walk away split....timing?

    For the bees, the best time would be when they are ready to form queen cells which in the Austin area is well before the main flow (and during the flow if you let them get crowded).

    If you...
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    Re: Should I feed the bees?

    The discussion got a bit general... the same issue as to rate of feed applies to top bars. Langs have a number of devices available that allow feed to be added fast, I've seen frame feeders and...
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    Re: Should I feed the bees?

    They are both great ways to put weight on but that's not your objective...

    I find a lot of problems in a newbies hive under a top feeder, over fed, rancid syrup with a struggling hive under it -...
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    Re: Feeding for brood production

    I tried thin syrup for a year and had good brood build up but, my thought was that I could accomplish as much with a lot less work feeding half as much 1:1. My perception was that there wasn't any...
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    Re: Should I feed the bees?

    The fix is to feed at an appropriate rate that the syrup doesn't get stored in the brood nest. Baring that, feed more when you are seeing larval development in dry cells and less when you are seeing...
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    Re: Should I feed the bees?

    To clarify, "Bees are hoarders and they will hoard every bit of syrup they can get." Frequently we see that they quit taking it when there's no where to put it, subsequently you end up with the...
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    Re: Crepe Myrtle

    We worked last year with a University trapping pollen and doing analysis. In July and August, it's THE major source of pollen in our area.
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    Re: Remedy for a nuc with a laying worker?

    As someone who has shook out the laying workers and had them come back, killing the queen in the neighboring nuc, I now shake them out several miles away in an outyard.

    Freeze the comb to kill the...
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    Re: Setting up double Nucs

    When we're doing them in the same yard, we shake a frame of nurse bees off open brood into the splits. If we don't do this, some of the splits end up pretty light on bees when the foragers drift...
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    Re: laying worker

    I've had it happen repeatedly in a nuc yard and confirmed it as a common enough occurrence with a queen breeder friend in his yards. I suspect (having watched them cluster onto a neighboring hive)...
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    In my area, I found 2 frame splits live hand-to-mouth and they don't seem to "catch" before the flow. On the other hand, 3 frame splits for mating queen cells and then growing into nucs works very...
  18. Re: I want to know my colony without being invasive.

    Ditto. Learn to light and use a smoker (my running joke is new beekeepers should light a smoker every time they ... brush their teeth). And know that an inspection doesn't need to be going through...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive plan review

    That plan will work fine. I'd recommend NOT beveling the top edge of the sides. Leaving a somewhat "pointy" contact area allows the bees to better move out of the way when you are moving bars.
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    Re: Central TX, preferred brood box size?

    I don't see mediums as limiting. They bridge between boxes and brood up as needed as long as the space is available. Genetic variables and available comb are huge variables in colony size - a few...
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    Re: Pricing for full frame of honey question

    A shallow yields 4 squares of comb honey - I don't know what your area gets for comb honey but Savanah Bee Co gets $24 each. Near $100 frame but consider they've got pretty packaging and good...
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    Re: Pollen = Laying Queen?

    For me pollen coming in simply means the activity isn't robbers.

    I've seen queenless hives pack in full frames of pollen.
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    Re: How long can virgins be kept

    So if I had a batch of virgin queens banked for 3 or 4 days and small nucs sitting 3 or 4 days queenless, whats the thought on the best introduction method(s)
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    Re: What should I do with new broken comb?

    Mush it onto a bar as a sort of starter strip - they really don't have much invested in it (it isn't brood).
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    No don't stagger. The thought in the 2 size bars is that the brood gets built on the 1 1/4 inch bars and honey on the 1 1/2. Seldom does it work so perfectly but, they will space brood comb on the...
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