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    Re: Houston Article on Bees & Drought

    I'm about 50 miles south of Barry, Texas. Our pond was almost dry and it is now overflowing. We're above average for rainfall so far in 2012 and December was above average. All in all, this year is...
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    Re: Galveston, TX weather in January?

    Her's a link with the info:

    http://www.nabeekeepingconference.com/conference_home.html

    Walt
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    Re: Galveston, TX weather in January?

    Highly variable weather here. I'm about 200 miles NW of Galveston. Last Sunday it was really cold...high only 51 and a low of 23. Yesterday it was 77, today 60.

    But...having lived in the NE for...
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    Re: Shipping/picking up bees

    When I purchased bees (packages), I picked them up and put them in the back seat. I'm 80-90 miles from Navasota. When I got home I just sprayed them gently with water to cool them a bit.

    They...
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    Re: Bees and chickens

    We have both and haven't had a problem. We have separate water sources, but animals are famous for not following instructions and will just drink wherever they want. :)

    Walt
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    Re: Georgia Beekeeper Drowning In Regulations!

    Faith,

    Did a quick search and found this site from a bee club:

    http://www.cherokeebeeclub.com/beekeeping_regulations_in_georgi.htm

    Seems like most of your questions may be answered.

    Walt
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    Re: Texas Beekeepers Assn Annual Meeting

    No, liked the agenda, but it's a little pricey for me.

    Walt
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    Re: mouse guards

    I have heard of people using the metal drywall edging, cut to size and enlarging some of the holes to 3/8".

    Walt
  9. Thread: Beeweaver

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    Re: Beeweaver

    Yes, they can certainly surprise the unexpecting with service. Ordered a couple of their queens earlier in the year. Was going to notify the post office the next day. At 6:30am we got a call from the...
  10. Thread: Bee-z-smoker

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    Re: Bee-z-smoker

    I think this link will help you...

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=246723

    Walt
  11. Re: Dreams of beekeeping, squashed (share your experiences so I don't feel so alone!)

    Sweetened, Can't help with your situation, but if you want to have some fun and are free at night, attend the city meetings. It drives them crazy. Nobody ever shows up at the meetings and when...
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    Re: Looking into Backyard Egg laying chickens

    You may find these books helpful:

    Chickens in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide by Rick and Gail Luttmann
    Choosing and Keeping Chickens by Chris Graham

    Also, a couple of websites:
    ...
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    Re: Bees all over the ground

    My first thought was maybe it was "throw a drone out day"; then I thought they may be drinking. Is there dew?

    I think the weed is "creeping Charlie" or "ground ivy".

    Walt
  14. Re: What is the minimum opening a mouse can fit through?

    If this helps, there are 3/8" holes in the metal mouse guards I purchased. And, simply because I couldn't resist, a dime is 0.7025"...approximately. :)

    Walt
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    Re: snow on the prairie!

    A honey producer south of here lists Snow-on-the-Prairie (Euphorbia bicolor) as one of many pollen producing wildflowers in the area.

    Walt
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    Re: Take care of your back!

    Several years ago I "threw out" my back doing some home remodeling. Shortly thereafter the area was hit with a severe ice storm.

    Next visit to the "back breaker" I mentioned that he must really...
  17. Re: Glass or plastic bottles for farmers markets and USPS shipping

    What Mark said. It's always better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission. :)

    Walt
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    Re: Hive beetle Screen

    I checked all over and ended up ordering from Amazon through one of their associates. Comes in a 10 foot roll and is a little pricey per foot, $2.50, but I didn't need a whole lot. Here's the link:
    ...
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    Re: Hello from Bryan, Texas

    Welcome. :thumbsup:

    You have an EXCELLENT club near you: The Central Texas Beekeepers Association. You may want to contact them. They are located in Brenham ("the place that cows call heaven") and...
  20. Re: Old hand crank extractor, anyone familar with it?

    NasalSponge's photo is correct. I was loaned one almost identical. It's a 4 frame. The screening that is missing is sturdier than hardware cloth, with about 1 or 2 inch openings. In fact, pretty much...
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    Re: Simple Record Keeping in Hive Tracks

    Mark,

    Thanks for the work you are doing.

    Walt
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    Re: new extracting shop

    So, I was thinking of a 16 x 24...oh, never mind! ;)

    Looks GREAT!

    Walt
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    Re: Snakes (heavy pic load)

    Almost tripped over this little guy (girl?) on my way to the workshop.

    http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv142/beeguy/Snake2.jpg

    It's a Prairie Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster). I am told...
  24. Thread: Ahb question

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    Re: Ahb question

    Hoxbar,

    The OK Dept of Ag suggests contacting your extension agent or calling (405) 522-5986 or (405) 406-1824. Here's the link:

    http://www.ok.gov/~okag/cps-bees.htm#beesfaqtop

    Some time...
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    Re: What Got You Into Bees?

    When people ask, "What do you do?" and I say I'm an engineer, you can just see them thinking..."boring". So I decided to do something exciting: raise bees.

    The I realized, raising bugs isn't...
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