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    Re: Think I Quit Feeding Too Soon

    I don't think they swarmed or superceded. Never saw any evidence of queen cells. I think she just took a break. They seem very active and about the same number of bees. Are all over the 1:1.
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    Think I Quit Feeding Too Soon

    My hive made it through the winter ok, and I decided to feed with 1:1 and pollen sub in Jan. They took it well and the queen started laying quite well, bees making some new comb. Come early March...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Fog? (not vaporization)

    Thank you all. This was the kind of information I was looking for as one with no knowledge about the subject.

    This is why BeeSource is so valuable.
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    Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    Matt

    I am trying your opening technique in one hive this year. So far I have put the second box on and moved 2 frames from the side of the broodnest in the bottom box to the center of the second...
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    Oxalic Acid Fog? (not vaporization)

    As a relatively new beek I am trying to decide how to treat for varroa. I understand OA is now approved as a treatment and am considering it. I have never used it and really know nothing about it,...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    OK, OK, I am convinced it is worth a shot. Ordered some yesterday. The swarm box is waiting.
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    Significance, if any, of early drones?

    I noticed today, for the first time, that drones are exiting my hive. The hive is active when the weather permits, and is producing new worker bees. I plan to conduct another inspection soon, but...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    78602: Central Texas

    Wild plum, Meyer lemon, some dandelions,
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    Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    I have read the ads for Swarm Commander and wonder, does it really work?

    Has anyone used it?
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    Re: Bee-Havior Change With The Time Of Year?

    Sounds like the answer is either 'No', or 'We do not know'.

    In any case, there were so many angry bees that the suit needs to be cleaned for sure!
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    Bee-Havior Change With The Time Of Year?

    Does the behavior of a colony of bees change with the time of year? I just did an inspection of my (only) hive and they were very aggressive and unhappy. All of last year the colony was very mild,...
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    Do Bees Move Sugar Syrup Arou nd?

    This spring I have been feeding quite heavily, with my bees avidly taking everything I give them. They are using some for comb, but also have some stored. They are presently bringing in loads of...
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    TWO WIVES??? Talk about stress!
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    Re: Hive Stands & Ant's

    1. Hive Stands: I began with blocks, but soon built a hive stand from left over treated 4x4 for both the legs and cross members. Spaced the cross members so a frame just fits between them. No...
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    Re: Slatted bottom rack question....

    Michael

    I have two deep frames from a nuc last year but use only medium boxes. I built a 3" shim, but it leaves space beneath the medium frames where the bees are building comb on the bottom of...
  16. Re: November bee retrieval: How give them the best chance to make it through the wint

    I agree.
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

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    Is It Necessary to Remove Robber Screens?

    Is it necessary to remove robber screens, or can they be left on year around? Mine allow a single bee to enter from each end, which may restrict traffic too much when the hive is really booming? ...
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    Re: Entrance reducer laying on the ground

    I had 2 reducers pushed out, one clear to the ground, the second open at one end. Too late I discovered the hive had been robbed out. I think the robber bees were so numerous they just shoved them...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    1-29-15 Bastrop, TX 78602

    Bees bringing in so much pollen they are dropping it on the landing board. Pale yellow, probably from Virginia juniper (called cedar here in TX).
  21. Re: November bee retrieval: How give them the best chance to make it through the wint

    Final Report:

    Moved the martin house with no problem and left it until January 15 when it got warm here for a few days. Robovaced the bees and cut out the comb, installed in a medium box with 5...
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    Re: Accidental Beehive

    Good to see someone else has this challenge. I recently rescued a martin house with bees in one compartment. Probably 6x6x6. Decided to just restrict the opening to about 1"x3/4" and leave them...
  23. inserting sugar blocks into rescued colony in martin house?

    Ok, I know this is strange.

    I recently retrieved a colony in a martin house that was causing problems (the bees, not the house!). The colony is in only one of the compartments of the martin...
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    Re: How Long To Feed Going Into Winter?

    The hive was decimated in the summer by a pesticide kill, including the queen. Lost probably 1/2 of the bees. Requeened in July. The current configuration of the hive is one 8 frame medium box,...
  25. Re: November bee retrieval: How give them the best chance to make it through the wint

    When I removed the front panel from the martin house this is what I found:

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    The compartment is about 6x6x6 and is completely packed with honey and bees.

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    This is the backside of the...
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