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    Re: Could I have a laying queen already?

    Just to close out this thread, I checked again today, 1 week after removing the queen. The hive still has eggs and has young larvae. Single, well-placed eggs on multiple frames. I'm now convinced...
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    Re: Could I have a laying queen already?

    Thank you all. Dave, I hope you hit the nail on the head. I'll keep an eye on this hive because we don't want to lose it.
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    Re: Storing drawn comb

    Phoebee, do you think a chunk of dry ice in the bag, then sealing it up would accomplish the same goal?

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    Re: Could I have a laying queen already?

    Beestudent and Squarepeg, that was my thought, too. What is making my head spin is the queen cell that was there for at least 4 days to get capped. If there were 2 laying queens, or 1 old queen and...
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    Could I have a laying queen already?

    Last Wednesday, August 26th, I noticed a queen cell in my 3rd year rock star queen's hive that was not capped.

    On Thursday, August 27th, the cell was capped. Picture below.

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    Re: 'Native' & 'Local'

    Mike, I believe it's worse than that. I believe the Black bees are native to Germany, so you can only use that term there.

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  7. Re: Do you think she's heard the latest gossip at the water cooler?

    Thanks CessnaGirl. I actually saw and photographed 4 different queens yesterday during my inspections. How is this for diversity in the workforce?

    lamarcarama, once you get used to them, they...
  8. Re: Do you think she's heard the latest gossip at the water cooler?

    I've pulled a few frames of brood from this hive to make some nucs this Spring, so I think the workers think something is wrong with her. I'm letting them cap the cell, then I'm moving this frame to...
  9. Do you think she's heard the latest gossip at the water cooler?

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    She has to know that the end is near...

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    Re: comb as thick as....

    Your bees may have raised a cycle of brood in those cells prior to filling them with honey. Chewing on cocoons would make it seem thicker. ;)
  11. Re: Looking for a Small Bush that Keeps Leaves Year Round

    How about a bottlebrush? It doesn't lose it's leaves and during the spring and summer, mine hums with activity.
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    Re: St. Patrick's Day swarm in NW Houston

    We verified that we had a queen today. They seemed to take to the new home and she looks pretty good.
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    St. Patrick's Day swarm in NW Houston

    Just caught this one. It isn't too big, but it sure is early.

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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    Thank you for the detailed method! I will try something similar on my next batch. I don't want to weaken my existing colonies populating more mating nucs this early, so I'll give it another shot...
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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    I need to mention so everyone doesn't think I'm completely insane, that this early we have had good conditions to start grafting. We've had a good span of days with highs above 60. Bees are...
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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    I used the "Pick the ones that look about the same size as an egg and not curled into a C" method. That would mean that some of the larvae I grafted were 2 to 3 days old on graft day? I thought 2...
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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    Ok, an update. I grafted on 2/8, so 10 days from grafting is today. When I went to get the 13 cells, it looked like 3 were open, 2 were torn down, and 8 still capped. I actually found 3 virgins...
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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    I made the same bet this past weekend, when the 10 forecast looked great for Houston. Now, I'm looking at a high of 46 next Wednesday, 10 days from grafting. Any concerns with moving them to nucs a...
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    Re: Moving a Hive in February

    I just moved a couple this week in the Houston, TX area. I closed them the evening prior and moved them around midday. Take it slow over any bumpy terrain. One item that I didn't think of, but...
  20. Re: Where to buy non-neonicotinoid plants in Texas?

    Murf, I'm in Cypress. Find a good family-owned plant center. On the NW side, we have Plants for All Seasons and The Arbor Gate, both great. They'll listen to your questions and help you find just...
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    Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    Yes, it's disappointing that the current cottage law allows you to make candy or muffins with your honey and sell them at farmer's markets, but you can't bottle your honey. You can even sell...
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    Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    I just saw this today: http://txbeeinspection.tamu.edu/beekeepers/honey/

    My prior understanding was that honey in Texas was a raw product, like a cucumber and didn't require a commercial kitchen...
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    Re: SHB Larva drowned?

    Hive tool? Boot?
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    Re: Old Man Grafting

    My wife gives me a hard time and calls me an old man when I'm wearing bifocals and still can't see. Sorry if I offended anyone, that wasn't my intention.

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    Old Man Grafting

    My wife thought it would be funny to take a picture of me looking under my bifocals while grafting. 12 out of 20 isn't too shabby!
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