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    Re: Honey is Dark and Strong...

    Found this topic concerning dark honey. I am extracting for the 1st time. My 1st year was 2011, an epic drought year. Some of this honey could be a couple years old, and a mix of many different...
  2. Re: Property taxes

    I live in the Texas Hill Country and I have 18 ac, which is within the window of 5-20 ac Texas requires for agricultural use with honeybees. I am in my 3rd year and have the documentation. I have...
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    Re: e) Buying nuc vs. package bees

    All I can say is, in my two years, the hives started from nucs and splits have prospered, and the ones started from packages have dwindled. That's just my experience.
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    Re: Griz getting close

    I know that line. One of my favorite movies of all time. That was Grandpa from the Waltons. Spent some time last summer in Sundance, UT where that film was shot.

    I can't imagine having to deal...
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    Re: Queen Stopped Laying

    I considered the drought, but after inspecting the other 10, none of them have stopped laying. Lots of eggs and larvae in all of them. Last year was much worse (heat and drought) than this year and...
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    Queen Stopped Laying

    Opened one of my new hives today that I started from a package back in April. They had been doing well and still appear to have good numbers. The brood pattern was very spotty and I didn't see any...
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    Re: ag exemption?

    I spoke to Paul Jackson last year and he told me all the same steps on the phone that mentioned in his article. What I have discovered since then is, there was a bill drafted in the 82nd legislature,...
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    Re: R. Russell queens

    I have no axe to grind here. In fact, I have been excited about acquiring some Russel queens in the future. I completely understand the agricultural, weather, hard luck issue. However, i do not...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    78953. A swarm moved into one of my traps at a friends place about 60 miles away. He is going to bring them to me tomorrow.
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    Re: .17HMR Varmit rifle

    I have had my Henry Varmint Express .17 HMR for 3 years. So far Henry 6 vs Coyotes 0. Most recent was a couple weeks ago. I tolerated them for several years, firing over their heads or using birdshot...
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    Re: New Nukes

    Wow! Starting off with 24 nucs? I increased to 12 this year and I am questioning my sanity. Hope your retired or have some help. Very nice looking brood.
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    Re: Foundationless Issue. Messed up comb.

    I am checking them every other week or so, but if they are drawing comb fast, maybe every week. Bear in mind that I am in my 2nd year, and this is all experimental for me.
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    Re: Image of capped sugar syrup?

    OK, I asked a similar question last week. I was told to open some cells and the syrup would be clear. I did this yesterday, and none of it was clear. It was all golden, so I assumed it was all honey....
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    Re: Foundationless Issue. Messed up comb.

    I learned the same lesson as you on a couple hives last year. One was a swarm that I trapped. I put them in a box full of foundationless. There were a couple others where they made straight comb but...
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    Re: 2012 Looking Better

    ChrisH, send me a PM with your email and I will email you a larger file. These files are very small due to the site's requirements.
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    Not Robbing, But is This a Problem

    http://gallery.me.com/scottybdiving/100119/IMG_1611/web.jpg

    The 2 gallon bucket creates a perfect seal on the cover. No bees can get in or out. When I smoke them away, there is nothing there for...
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    Re: 2012 Looking Better

    Got 2" last week. Possibility for more this week. This was enough to get the correopsis going.

    http://gallery.me.com/scottybdiving/100119/IMG_1613/web.jpg
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    Re: My boy got stung - went to ER

    throrope, glad to hear your son is OK. It is a concern that will have to be dealt with, whether around your bees or anyplace else.

    The question about liability is always an interesting one....
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    Re: Ultra Breeze Chin Protection

    Yeah, wear a cap. I have never been stung through my Ultrabreeze, and had some very hot hives this spring. Is your suit very roomy? Mine is probably one size too large, so there is plenty of room...
  20. Re: Identifying Honey from Capped Sugar Syrup

    OK, after ID'ing it, should it be removed or left in the hive, and can it be frozen for use later? Or maybe should it be extracted and the comb returned?
  21. Identifying Honey from Capped Sugar Syrup

    Last year in our sever drought, I fed all my new hives throughout most of the season, since we were in a 9 month dearth. They built up strong stored a lot of it and they all came through winter with...
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    Re: Migratory tops

    I started using them this year. All my new 8 frame hives will have them. On the hives that I installed 4 new packages this year, I cut 1-1/4" holes in the cover. I am using 2 gal paint buckets on...
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    Re: Cutout Questions

    OK, I postponed my cutout today, and a bee vac is in in the works. Unfortunately, there will be no charge for my service. A friend, and bee helper, is doing it for a friend of his. They are no threat...
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    Cutout Questions

    This will be my 1st cutout and I wil not be destroying anybody's property. It is at a small airport in a shipping crate for a helicopter rotor. The width in the photo is about 3' wide and it appear...
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    Re: Entrance reducers/Robbing

    I'm keeping reducers on my new hives at least until they have one box filled and maybe all season. I even feel like the "gate's open" when removing them on an established strong hive, but I assume...
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