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  1. Re: Newly Mated Queen time to getting up to speed at laying

    Charlie - You might have helped me figure something out.

    Went to check progress yesterday in my yard and my mean box of bees were way different. Was going through all the hives, top to bottom...
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    Re: Homemade Ezyloader and management

    Kilo - I am about to be at the flatbed wheelbarrow stage shortly so this might not be an issue for me ever.

    But I have to ask just in case I get bigger than that, don't you have problems in...
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    Re: Bees in a pipe How to remove

    Cleo - I should have posted that the piece of pipe is 12 feet long. But Goldenrod is just starting to blossom. I think this is going to be a big mess, but it is going to go into the ground as a...
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    Bees in a pipe How to remove

    Ok been waiting on this too long. Bees have made a hive in a 10 inch pipe casing about 16 feet long, with steel cap on one end.

    Hive starts about 3 to 4 feet back in the pipe. Trap out might...
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    Re: WWOOFING

    Had me wondering as well.
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    Re: Gulf Coast Drone Brood Levels?

    Cajun - I am seeing the same here in the Port Arthur area. Even been playing with the idea of trying again for queens or splitting. Goldenrod just started last week and we should have forage till...
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    Re: All the talk about goldenrod....

    Found a single goldenrod blooming today. Most of the others are not even close. But it should soon be appearing in full force.
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    Re: how to kill hive of bees

    I have had success with it 3 times and then adding a frame of eggs/brood. One of these I had to do it twice, but it was successful. So I am sitting at 3 for 4 (3 for 5 counting the double try)...
  9. Re: Newly Mated Queen time to getting up to speed at laying

    Beepro - Well this is mutt stock collected locally, so it would not surprise me if there are some un-wanted genes in there. These do not chase far or for now at least, but just don't like cracking...
  10. Re: Newly Mated Queen time to getting up to speed at laying

    I keep that in mind as I grow. But right now I have horses on 3 sides and neighbors. While I have 3+ acres I just cannot take the chance right now of really defensive or aggressive bees.

    But...
  11. Re: Newly Mated Queen time to getting up to speed at laying

    Kilocharlie - Sadly, I made a pair of splits from my best two hives this summer. One is milder and the other, well they are a little defensive and get aggressive without smoke. But since they are...
  12. Newly Mated Queen time to getting up to speed at laying

    Most what I have is probably very defensive bees and I am ok with that. But have a nuc that is just getting to the point of maybe getting moved into a 10 frame, but man they are defensive. :no: ...
  13. Re: Reoccurring robbing! How can I prevent it.

    Probably have guessed the answer but have to verify - Why the green dye?

    And does the green dye make the comb green?
  14. Re: Reoccurring robbing! How can I prevent it.

    Start an arms war, purchase them a bunch of AKs or better yet tec-9s, and they can pop a cap in those robbing bees.
  15. Re: slatted rack on top of solid bottom?

    Michael and David - I was hoping it would keep more in the hive during the summer. I got hit fairly hard by the county spraying in the evening and maybe in the mornings. No whole scale hive loses,...
  16. Re: Alternative Protein for extra brood rearing (For overwintering success) Need Reci

    Angel - We have warm winters compared to you, with this last winter getting into the 20s. Yikes that is terrible for us.

    Last February I added patty pieces in between the box, directly on top of...
  17. Re: slatted rack on top of solid bottom?

    Does this keep bees from bearding as much in the warm part of the year, especially during the summer?
  18. Re: Alternative Protein for extra brood rearing (For overwintering success) Need Reci

    SpringGreen - You did what I was thinking of doing. Did it work ok with the quarter size pieces or did they get filled with larvae before the bees ate them all?

    Might have to experiment next...
  19. Re: Alternative Protein for extra brood rearing (For overwintering success) Need Reci

    Angel - I am no expert, but if you are in an area with small hive beetles, I have hear in the summer feeding protein patties can be asking for shb to explode. So I limited mine to the late winter...
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    Re: 20 ACRES

    Red Maple is supposed to be one of the earliest pollen producers I was told, yaupon and holly are fairly early.
  21. Re: Mosquito Spraying with Malathion over my hives

    If you can keep your hives at least 150 feet from the spray route it is better. More than that is better. Drift from the trucks is not that great. Vegetative barriers are another good...
  22. Re: Mosquito Spraying with Malathion over my hives

    Nope, the county aerially sprays right at dusk and dawn. Grid pattern, you hear them flying and go inside if you are smart. Lots of folks don't go inside. Not sure if they are not that smart or...
  23. Thread: RAIN

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    Re: RAIN

    Hehehee - Those bees might get lazy thinking they are now uptown and don't have to work as hard.

    All my bottom boards are painted. Originally just ignorant and painted everything, then read...
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    Re: Human Consumption of Swarm Honey

    DrZ - I am new at this, but my first cut outs were in September last year and into October. So I was worried about the bees not having time to make resources to make it through the winter so I...
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    Re: Nuc feeding question

    Using a top feeder almost a miller style feeder. One nuc sucks about 1 quart in 6 hours. Two others are taking a day to complete a quart. The second to last is in a mini breeding nuc and is doing...
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