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  1. Re: Can sugar water be stored at room temperature, and for how long?

    Logically to me, sugar water, or any food for that matter, can only spoil if there is bacteria/fungus available to make it begin to break down. Thinking on fermenting (as would be the fear with sugar...
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    Re: Checkerboard, brood only in shallow

    Agreed. So indeed, just a difference in definition. That should be corrected! I'm not familiar with the climate up there, but assuming there is more cold to come. Heck, it was still down to something...
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    Re: Checkerboard, brood only in shallow

    I have to disagree. I don't know that it is the best thing to do, but it has certainly helped me avoid swarming this spring. Just don't do it when it's still too cold. I'm assuming it may be up in...
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    Re: Checkerboard, brood only in shallow

    I've tried checkerboarding brood from a medium into a deep with little success. The bees just let the brood hatch out of the mediums I moved down, and then they back filled with honey.

    What I...
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    Re: Did First Cutout This Weekend

    Well done! After almost two years doing cutouts I just did my first drop and chop tree job on Friday. It went great as well. I didn't spot the queen right away like you, but she was on the first...
  6. Re: 2 capped queen cells & drone laying existing queen.what to do to insure a good qu

    Pulling all those drones could just be spring buildup. I have a very viable queen down here, laying a solid worker pattern, but when I gave them an empty frame they pulled it almost entirely for...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention

    Thanks to all for your input. I know swarming isn't wholly preventable, as I've split and requeening before to try and stop a swarming movement and they still swarmed. I just want to say I gave it a...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention

    Thanks Matt, that's exactly what I do, almost to a T. I checkerboarded the frames, taking all my single deeps to double deeps, and I always use a strip of beeswax foundation as a starter strip in the...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention

    I am aware of that risk. When I have a hive stuck in swarm mode, I go through and remove all but 2-3 of the swarm cells. If possible I move these extra cells into mating nucs for some insurance...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention

    So that identifies a swarming mindset, but doesn't prevent it. It's interesting you say that though, since my biggest (and unfortunately meanest) hive is doing just that, with the drones. I spread...
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    Swarm Prevention

    Any tips or ideas on preventing swarming? Obviously the ideal situation would be to give them enough space, but this doesn't always work. I was thinking, if they pull swarm cells, despite plenty of...
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    Re: Cut-out from Langstroth Hive?

    Yep, Bush nailed it. Break the boxes apart like you normally would and flip upside down. The combs should all stay intact with the frames and the whole block will fall out. Then use your hive tool or...
  13. Re: Will Ritecell foundation Pop into assembled GT GB wood frames?

    Snaps right in and out. It's easiest to start on one end, get a corner in and then run across like a zipper. If you try to start in the middle you'll find it harder. I pop it in and out all the time...
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    Re: Placing nucs next to mother colony

    I've had mixed luck with moving them within the bee yard. I have found like above that if they are confined for a couple days (make sure they don't get hot or hungry!) then it helps. Definitely keep...
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    Re: bees wont go up in hive

    I'm glad I read this. I too never run queen excluders unless I am using it for a cell finisher colony. Last year all my hives were single deeps with mediums above. In the early spring I had only a...
  16. Re: Outside Position Frames of Crystalized Honey

    As the hive warms in the summer wouldn't the crystallized honey just re-liquefy?
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    Re: SHB's mode of travel into hive?

    Yes they fly. That's why I don't bother treating a hive to eradicate them because more will just come in. I don't use any treatments or traps for SHB, just keep good strong colonies that can handle...
  18. Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    Here is what I have found. To retail honey in Texas you have to have a food manufacturers license. This is granted by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). This license is of course only...
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    Re: Biggest mistake ?

    Fun thread. As far as beekeeping, mine was probably not feeding in the late winter of year one. I was naive to think the bees would build up quickly on their own. As a result, I had several people...
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    Re: Shop accident!

    I've taken off the tip of my thumb with one of those, TWICE! The second time I think I actually sliced off the scar from the first time.

    Cut like these are awful as there is no way to just stitch...
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    Re: Shop accident!

    Alright, I'm almost certain WesternBeekeeper is the same guy that told the Looney Toon story of trying to get some hives off the roof of a building with a makeshift block and tackle. It went...
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    Re: Hive Theft ring busted in Weedpatch

    I'm lucky I guess not to have any of mine stolen, yet. Being in the suburbs, I'm mo worried about vandalism if the wrong person finds them, or some punk decides to poison them just for fun.

    I...
  23. Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    Same here. I've heard it can be pretty tedious, and that the kitchen is not allowed (something to do with minimum distance from a restroom). I'm going to start by calling the TAIS tomorrow. I'd hope...
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    Re: Southeast Texas Pollen in January

    I'll be darned! Maple it is. Not sure what variety, but I'm thinking it's red maple. It certainly drops red flowers all over the place. I looked up in the tree a minute ago and not only spotted all...
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    Re: Southeast Texas Pollen in January

    Thanks for sharing! I had never seen that website, but that's pretty cool. I do have a large maple tree in my back yard, but had not noticed it blooming yet. Maybe it's because it hasn't dropped the...
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