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  1. Re: Getting bees NEXT spring - how to become sustainable?

    If you want to try to be as treatment free as possible, survivor stock, if you can get them, may be the way to go. If I were in your situation, I would continue on the current plans, but at the same...
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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    I would agree with those who have mentioned stores. If the bees didn't have any honey to eat, pollen patties would not have done it. I had a few hives I was concerned about in January so I put some...
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    Re: Question on feeding neighboring bees.

    I would think that as long as you have the appropriate entrance size for your bees, you probably won't have to worry about robbing. If you ever plan on catching swarms, you could put a swarm trap...
  4. Re: First Spring Inspection of Hive: disaster and hive was pretty hot...

    Make sure that you push the frames together. If you keep your frames that far apart, I think you will have future problems even after you clean up the mess. It is drone brood, so don't worry too much...
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    Re: Hives in 2 locations

    I haven't been on here a while and just now playing catch up. Here is my 2 cents. I think it would be difficult, really because before you head to Florida in October, you are going to have to prepare...
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    Re: discouraging sight

    Thanks for some encouraging words. Two of the hives have entrance reducers. I put those there weeks ago to discourage robbing. The other 3 are not reduced. But I have seen dead bees at the entrances...
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    Re: discouraging sight

    Not much of either. I probably could have fit each hive in it's own nuk. We had several days of 70+ temps and the bees were very active. I fed them a lot at that time hoping that that would help...
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    discouraging sight

    I'm pretty new for beekeeping and I have 5 hives. All from swarms. This is my first overwinter and being in Texas, I'm not sure how much precaution I need to take for my bees to make it through. We...
  9. Thread: Dying Bees

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    Re: Dying Bees

    With me, it's very much the same. We have been having highs in the low 50's and low's around 30. I see 10 to 20 dead bees on the front porch. I have 5 hives. Very similar throughout.
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    Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Thanks! I missed that one. Man, I thought I was getting a really great deal! :rolleyes:
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    Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Okay, maybe I'm in a weird location. I just bought 50 pounds at Sam's for about $19 and I'm in Texas right along the Red River. I do agree that smaller packages on sale sometimes is cheaper than bulk
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    Re: Swarm catching question

    I set out three traps this season and caught three swarms. I couldn't believe it! I will also say this. I don't know if it was this way with everyone else, but when I caught that first swarm, it was...
  13. Thread: Curious

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    Re: Curious

    Okay, I may be missing something along the way, but in my world, a two deep hive is not weak. If you have a hive of russians that is two deeps, what would be wrong with taking a frame of brood/eggs...
  14. Re: How do I get bearded bees back into the hive before a move?

    Misting with water has worked for me in the past.
  15. Re: Cold front, Bees still going at the water

    That's what I hoped. I guess we are in a flow! Yes! It's hard to tell sometimes around here.
  16. Cold front, Bees still going at the water

    I know that for the last 3 weeks or so, there has been no rain and the bees have really been drinking the water and I figured that they were using it to cool the hive. Now a cold front has come in...
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    Re: Manipulations during inspections

    Hopefully this won't hijack the thread or anything, but while talking about manipulation, if you notice that a hive, in my case a weak one, is building more brood comb on one side of the hive and not...
  18. Thread: Stupid Bees

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    Stupid Bees

    Maybe they aren't stupid but I basically a generation of bees that do not know what rain is. It has not rained here in over a month and the bees in two particular hives really like to beard at night....
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    Re: Question about a bee tree

    That is a good point. I will talk it over with the owner. If she doesn't mind holding out til the spring, I will get them then.
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    Question about a bee tree

    Okay, I have the opportunity to remove some bees from the inside of a tree and I'm a little concerned. I went over yesterday to put the first part of the hogan trap on the tree. The entrance is right...
  21. Re: Can't find queen no brood and honey gone but lots of bees

    If you are certain you have no queen, then I think you should combine with the other hive. If you have a weak hive, then you will probably have to feed anyway, so why not combine and maybe you won't...
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    Re: Combatting SHB

    I used to have just one hive when I originally started out. It was in a very shady location and really had a problem with SHB. I now have 5 hives and they are in full complete sunshine. I have seen...
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    Re: Does feeding lead to lazy bees?

    My five hives are all from swarms. It is very interesting to watch how they expand or not. I have fed, but not that much. The way I look at it, I have given them a little better chance of survival...
  24. Thread: Moving Hive

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    Re: Moving Hive

    I moved my first hive from heavy shade to full sun. I very rarely see any shb now. My entrances are southwestish and they are getting a very brutal sun these days. So far, they have been handling it...
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    Re: Refusal To Draw Comb

    I have five first year hives, all from swarms. The oldest is from the first of June. I will probably be overwintering most in a single deep. I hope it works! As long as they have plenty to eat, they...
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