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  1. Beekeeper demographics - Ratio of male to female keepers

    As I peruse the various forums on Bee Source, I see many references to "the wife," i.e. keeping "the wife" happy, "the wife" complaining about the equipment, the time spent on beekeeping, about being...
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    Maybe or maybe not a swarm?

    Last night, just before dusk, I noticed bearding outside one of my two hives. (8-frame deeps) It's been HOT here in North Texas! This hive with the beard had a sliding solid bottom board that I had...
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    When might beetles and mites show up?

    Two new packages installed in two new hives in early May. Settled in the middle of 20 acres of pasture with no other bee keepers that I know of for at least 8 miles. No signs of shb or mites so far...
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    Re: What bee would this be?

    No, sorry, Mr. Franklin, I should have been clearer. It was certainly not a honey bee. This bee was about a third smaller than my Bee Weaver hybrids, and dark, with no stripes. I've looked up mason...
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    What bee would this be?

    Yesterday, after working my two hives, I was watering plants on my patio, when out of the corner of my eye I saw what I thought was one of my honey bees with a huge load of white pollen. When I could...
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    Re: Ever tasted pollen from your hives?

    Farm-y! Of course, Melliferal! The taste and smell reminded me of freshly cut hay!
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    Ever tasted pollen from your hives?

    I'm not asking about possible health benefits. I've read about both sides of the argument, that its a wonder cure, and that that is hogwash. I have no opinion. What I'm asking is, have you, out of...
  8. Re: What good girls I have! And a question. Or two.

    Oh, I think I can promise we will always wear our suits and veils. Too chicken to not. We really need to learn how to keep our smoker going. Seems like it goes great on the porch then poofs out at...
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    Re: Advance planning

    Thanks for your insight, Jeff. These ARE new hives from packages installed not quite a week ago. Both seem to be thriving, but there is a difference in population. They are very close together, so...
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    Advance planning

    If I have two hives started at the same time, and one of them isn't growing at the same rate as the other, when would I, if ever, consider moving a frame of bees from the stronger hive to the weaker...
  11. What good girls I have! And a question. Or two.

    Just installed two packages on Monday. Fed them with 1:1 syrup in baggies directly on top of the frames, with a two-inch box to keep the inner cover off the baggies. Checked Wednesday to see if the...
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    What do queens do?

    What do the queens do after they are released from their cages, but before there is any significant drawn combs for them to lay eggs in? Are they just hanging around eating and resting? Sort of like...
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    Re: Howdy from Texas

    Howdy right back. I'm also in Texas, and installed my first two packages Monday. I had bees for three previous years; that's a long, dramatic story, but this year is the first time I've paid for any....
  14. Thread: Broken Baggie?

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    Re: Broken Baggie?

    I did cut slits in the top side, and the smart girls found them right away. Thanks for the pin hint.
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    by Texnana
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    Re: Broken Baggie?

    It has been very warm and we do have lots of blooming going on. Today is overcast, with a shower or two possible. I'll check them today; I am anxious about the queen.
  16. Thread: Broken Baggie?

    by Texnana
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    Broken Baggie?

    Last night, I hived two packages and used a gallon Baggie on top of the frames to feed them. After being gone all day today, I walked down just at dusk to admire the girls for a bit. As I was about...
  17. Re: Question - Leftover bees from two package intallation?

    Thanks for the helpful tips, everyone. I unplugged the holes last night and am about to walk down the pasture to see what the girls are up to this morning.

    ...a little balm and a little honey,...
  18. Question - Leftover bees from two package intallation?

    Hi, ya'll! About an hour ago, I installed two packages (first time starting from scratch; I had one hive I removed from my porch roof, which was a whole different process!) and I had watched many...
  19. Re: What do you bring to the bee yard for hive inpections?

    [QUOTE=willyC;774936]A spray bottle of sugar water with some HBH mixed in.
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    What is HBH?
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    Re: Lawn maintanence around hive?

    I have two hives of feral bees I relocated from my porch roof last year. I think they are Italians, but I'm not 100% sure. The hives are in my garden, and I want them to be ornamental as well as...
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    Re: A stupid, stupid thing

    Sorry I didn't reply to your tip in a timely way. Before I could try your advice, I had a fall that broke my hands and I am only just now able to manage a keyboard with three fingers. A friend who...
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    A stupid, stupid thing

    A month or so ago, we removed some bees from our porch roof to a quickly built hive with donated frames. Because of the following reasons, I wanted to sanitize and clean up the frames:

    -The frames...
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    Re: Moving bees from one old hive to a new one

    David, I wondered about whether it was their tiny GPS that help locate home, or if they cued on sight, too. Thanks for the reassurance that I'm not going to lose my hard-earned bees by moving them to...
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    Re: Moving bees from one old hive to a new one

    Mike, Great video! I see you have others on YouTube that I intend to watch. Thanks for the info. You were working without a suit, veil, gloves. Did you get stung at all? How long have you been a...
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    Moving bees from one old hive to a new one

    Two weeks ago we successfully removed a colony of bees from our porch roof and placed them in one quickly knocked together 10-frame super (off white). We moved them about 30 yards from the house....
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