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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Checked last week's combine of a laying worker nuc (shook bees out on other side of apiary) and a small nuc whose queen was producing and then the bees were moving next door due to shb. Not a sign of...
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    Re: Finally I am home from work...

    It was a hastily assembled swarm trap and I have learned to be a bit less hasty in what I put in the box in case I don't get back to it.
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    Finally I am home from work...

    some years I tend bees, some years I pay bills off. Last year I tended bees way too much, and this year I had to pay for it.

    In the meantime, both large hives swarmed in March, caught them in...
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    Re: And now a leaf-cutter bees incubation question

    26343well in the course of getting carpenter ant nests (2) out of my block, on different levels, I accidentally opened a layer with larva busily eating pollen. I got them lined back up in their rows...
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    Re: And now a leaf-cutter bees incubation question

    don't have an answer, I'm trying to figure out when to refrigerate my mason bee block, but in chasing the ants out I viewed larva so I know it isn't time yet.
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    Re: How old are your queens?

    I think I have 2 green queens and one laying worker (or poorly bred queen, started nuc with a queen cell, waiting to see if this last frame of brood caps out as worker or drone before dealing with it.
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    Re: Lemongrass oil in swarm traps

    I don't know if I dare catch swarms - Fort Worth is fixing to limit the number of hives to 2. I have 3.
  8. Re: Why do people always claim there is no $ in bees

    Excellent point SNL
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    Re: Juicy news article

    Very interesting thread. Glad it didn't go TG
  10. Thread: Migratory top

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    Re: Migratory top

    I cut the migratory top same dimension as hive plus 1.5 inches in total length (front to back) of 1/2 inch plywood, and use 1 by 2 cut hive width attached at front and back with glue and nails or...
  11. Re: I am resigned... Will probably lose my hive to robbers.

    It is good to re-read this thread. The africanized ferals came to me and moved into my old bee stump in the garden in 2012, and that stump carried European Foul Brood, so I learned to beat it, and...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    My bees are flying on nice days, mainly hives 1 and 3. Hive 3 is the first out on the coolest morning, just a mutt swarm hive not requeened, but they are some productive gentle bees. I made fondant...
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    Re: buckwheat in Texas

    I did not try the purple tansy, I was going to order seed and it stopped raining. In my recent experience of the last 4 years, if it isn't raining it is a very bad time to buy seed. or you can buy...
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    Re: buckwheat in Texas

    ok, so if I can't get my buffalograss to germinate how likely am I to get buckwheat to germinate? I have wasted a LOT of seed in the last 4 years. How did yours do Jaseemtp?
  15. Re: Its going to be a good year or its going to be a bad year!

    I think I am going to order a few very early queens for splits. maybe. Depends on how spring looks further down the road. If we are going back into drought I just need to re-queen one hive.
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    Re: Favorite beekeeping books

    The Beekeeper's Handbook, 4th Edition, Sammataro and Avitabile authors.
  17. Re: How many times can I treat with Oxalic Acid per year without hurting the bees?

    Soar,

    Thank you for your answer

    I know it does work. I treated a swarm hive in October and they dropped 200 mites in 24 hour. The hive I did today did not get well done then, 2015 was difficult...
  18. Re: How many times can I treat with Oxalic Acid per year without hurting the bees?

    Did I OD my bees? The holiday the grandchildren, business trucks and home repairs got in the way of the bees. Fortunately I only did one hive, it is 1 deep, 2 medium boxes They did not get a good...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Today in the apiary it was rainy so I checked the sticky boards for results of my one and only OAV treatment. Got a lot of mites. Then got rain, a toddler for company, work stuff and more rain. That...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    have to restart that every 6 day process on Thursday. Had a child here, had rain, haven't even checked the sticky on hive 1, (the last hive I did) Mite drop on 2 wasn't a lot but they all shot out...
  21. Re: Paper combine results in lots of dead bees, what did I do wrong?

    I have used syrup with vanilla sprayed on bees and frames when merging hives with a newspaper. I generally go back the next day and see if they have put any holes in the lpaper, and stick my hive...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    The masking tape idea is a good one if I have to shim the hive, but since I made most if not all my bottom boards and use 3/4 inch side walls, I don't know that I will need the wedge. Postponed til...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    I have a double deep - so that is 1/4 teaspoon / 1 gram for each deep?

    Then I have 2 hives that have a single deep, 2 mediums on top. At least one of those mediums I could remove (but getting all...
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    Re: Oh Crap.... My TF Hives are Crashing!!!!!

    My efforts in just doing IPM - removing and checking drone brood, vsh bees, dusting with powdered sugar, and screened bottom boards have been helped by the same situation, no other beeks close by....
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    Re: Oh Crap.... My TF Hives are Crashing!!!!!

    One of mine was. I will be doing my very first OAV treatment tomorrow, and just treating them all. the Crashing one was a hygienic hive but this queen is 3 or 4 generations out and I daresay her...
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