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    Re: Wichita Falls, TX bee attack...

    Yep, can you say 'one legger down a badger hole'?
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    Re: Considering Cotton

    Yep, self fertile varieties aren't producing nectar like they used to.
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    Re: making rabbets with router

    I hate eating the dust a router produces. They work, but are slow compared to a table saw, with or without a dado blade.
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    Re: Considering Cotton

    I got nothing out of cotton here last year, nothing but some deadouts. I don't think the cotton varieties here make nectar.
  5. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    I have tried it all, brushing, blowing, knocking. Nothing beats Bee Quick, a couple of fume boards, and a sunny day.
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    Re: Mowing around the hives

    Two things, hives are bigger and stronger and have more attitude later in the year, and the flows have stopped so they are all home and cranky. My first year I brush hogged by the hives like I had...
  7. Thread: vented bee suit

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    Re: vented bee suit

    Xbeeman412, you are tougher than I am pulling that many supers by yourself. And I'm 12 years younger.
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    Re: End of Summer Splits???

    We can get away with it here up to the 1st of October if we have a fall flow. We usually don't see a freeze until close to Thanksgiving and a killing frost about 14 Nov.
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    Re: nuc taken over by flies

    Yep, SHB. They love weak hives. Freeze the existing frames and start over with a stronger nuc. The bees will quickly abscond with active larva.
  10. Thread: vented bee suit

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    Re: vented bee suit

    I have had an Ultrabreeze since Bill was hand making them. Wouldn't wear anything else.
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    Re: Honey with a string Mint taste

    Chocolate mint in a flower bed is a disaster here. It takes over.
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    Re: Honey with a string Mint taste

    Down here it would be horsemint which is the only thing that blooms much after the heat sets in.
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    Re: Little beetles in top of hive

    Small Hive Beetle (SHB). Not good, but a strong hive can manage a few.
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    Re: Old Dadant 20 Frame Trouble Shooting

    If it has the friction speed control, it might be worn to far. I've never replaced the bottom bearing in mine, maybe time to look at it.
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    Re: Maxant 3100 Extractor

    Nice idea. This will get a try next time.
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    Re: Brood in honey super and what to do?

    Better to have brood in your supers than a swarm.
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    Re: Brood in honey super and what to do?

    If nectar is coming in, the bees will likely back fill after the brood hatches anyway, pushing the queen down. That's what happens in my hive. I never use a honey excluder.
  18. Re: going to try to remove bees off the supers with my handheld blower

    The oily appearance was likely because the bees were confined and expired due to heat. You see it all the time when people don't know how to transport bees. Close up a hive on a hot day and then...
  19. Re: going to try to remove bees off the supers with my handheld blower

    I'm calling BS on this. The only way the bees could be "oiled to death" is if you misused the product by spraying it on the bees directly. Your story smells worse than the Bee Quick by far.
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    Re: Cotton/soybean honey.

    I checked the beans yesterday and added drawn supers. Not blooming yet, but they should start shortly. Had rain last week and night time temps are holding 72+, so I'm hoping for a flow.
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    Re: Cotton/soybean honey.

    I'm hoping for a flow on beans shortly. We had a good rain last night, so I'm stacking extracted supers tomorrow and we'll see what they do.
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    Re: New ultra breeze suit arrived/worn

    If you send it back to them I bet they'll fix it. Also, a complete new hood is $35. I bought one after using my original suite for many years. My original is one of the early hand made ones.
  23. Re: Testing Soybean Cultivars, Cited in the Literature, for Honeybee Forage.

    Not a very realistic test in plots that small. Bees will often ignore small plot of even attractive honey plants for large plots of less attractive producers. A thousand acres of soybeans is a real...
  24. Thread: Honey extractor?

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    Re: Honey extractor?

    Why? You will never wear out any of the current extractors as a hobbiest. Why spend as much money as possible? The 9/18 extractors are the best value currently whether from Brushy, Mann, or...
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    Re: Cotton/soybean honey.

    ask if the cotton is self fertile variety. Most of the cotton here no longer produces nectar.
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