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  1. Do I have to remove Queen Excluder in Austin TX?

    Hi all

    I am having some time constraints and technical problems removing a queen excluder. I have 2 medium boxes for brood, the queen excluder, and then three supers of honey that I want to leave...
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    Re: So....How was your year?

    Not bad for a drought year. I got about 120 lbs of honey from two hives. Could have gotten more if I had extracted in mid-summer, but I traveled a lot this summer. Plus it was way to hot to get in a...
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    Hive on a tree branch-

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2611/3918546046_e5b8dccf71.jpg

    I had a hive get attacked by wax moths. The moths made a mess of most of the frames, but luckily I think the bees and the queen...
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    I dropped the old queen on the screened bottom...

    I dropped the old queen on the screened bottom board so I assumed they would drag her out like they do bad drone larvae.. I can look with an upturned mirror later and see if she's still there.
    ...
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    An old beek told me that Indian's blanket is a...

    An old beek told me that Indian's blanket is a main source of spring flow here in Austin and they are just starting to peak out along the highways here. He said a main flow will start in a week. So...
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    The Queen is Dead, Long Live the Queen!

    Thanks again to this awesome forum.

    The split hives were less aggressive today. I found the queen, killed her and dropped her in the bottom of the box. I'll install the new queen later today,...
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    Thanks everyone! I am going in this morning...

    Thanks everyone!

    I am going in this morning to find the queen. I have a good attitude, a bottle of sugar water with a drop of vanilla, and latex gloves over my normal gloves. My ankles, wrists,...
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    Help with Crazy, Hot Hive!!!

    I need some help. I went into a hot hive today to requeen it...unsuccessfully. The 5 boxes of bees were so aggressive even with lots of smoke, they stung me all over my suit and gloves. I gave up....
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    Many thanks to you for the confidence and help to...

    Many thanks to you for the confidence and help to get started, Jeffrey! :)
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    I belong to a county bee association and as part...

    I belong to a county bee association and as part of the dues you can get the hand crank 3-frame extractor for a few days along with some other equipment. So I borrowed everything and I learned how to...
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    That's really neat. I didn't know they would eat...

    That's really neat. I didn't know they would eat fruit syrup.
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    My First Honey Harvest

    I finally extracted my spring-summer honey. It was a hard summer here with record heat and little rain, but since I live in the suburbs (where people water their yards) I think I did better than most...
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    I have to agree with Jeffrey Todd for the Austin...

    I have to agree with Jeffrey Todd for the Austin area. It's bone dry. We have had 40+ days over 100*F and one or two days of spotty rain. It was a brutal summer. :(

    I see a few marsh asters...
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    bees with a view

    I don't have a beeyard as much as a bee balcony, 20 feet above the ground. I like them up high so their flightpath does not intersect where people walk nearby. I never thought I would have 3 hives...
  15. Thread: I'm Feeding

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    I am about an hour north of you in the "hill...

    I am about an hour north of you in the "hill country." It has been dry, but then I am in a suburban area where people water lawns. The area has lots of flowering ornamentals, escaped privet trees,...
  16. Thread: Water Supply

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    I have heard that they like water to smell a...

    I have heard that they like water to smell a certain way. Bees are little hound dogs and they find everything by smelling it.

    People have recommended a little bit of bleach or essential oil like...
  17. Thread: no honey

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    Mine weren't producing honey and then all of a...

    Mine weren't producing honey and then all of a sudden they popped in the last week or so. Something put them over the edge...maybe the tallow. I am south of you so it's coming your way.

    Anyway,...
  18. Thread: Suburban Honey!

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    Thanks, Fred Bee! It is good. I think I...

    Thanks, Fred Bee! It is good.

    I think I started to disbelieve it would ever happen.
  19. Thread: Suburban Honey!

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    Suburban Honey!

    I gave up on my three hives after the spring passed (starts here in March) and they never made much honey.

    I looked in today after 2+ weeks of neglect, and SHAZAM! They are packing away big,...
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    Last summer my bees stopped bearding outside the...

    Last summer my bees stopped bearding outside the hive after I added a slatted rack.
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    I started keeping bees because I heard about CCD...

    I started keeping bees because I heard about CCD in the news last year.

    I never knew anyone who kept bees but I was always fascinated by bees when I was a kid. The thought of a world without...
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    When I notice the bees with their heads facing...

    When I notice the bees with their heads facing together outside the hive, it's usually because they are all eating a little sugar syrup that I spilled.
  23. Thread: Swarm

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    Wow! That looks really high. I am glad you are...

    Wow! That looks really high. I am glad you are okay and you got the bees after all that work.
  24. Here is another one of my feral Italian queens...

    Here is another one of my feral Italian queens from a bee removal. She's a champ.

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3208/2488061171_68afdd17ba.jpg
  25. It seems so unethical that they would let you...

    It seems so unethical that they would let you take the honey when they know that they sprayed it...without telling you!

    After my wasp-sprayed hive removal, I washed everything with bleach, and my...
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