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  1. Re: Drawing Comb - recycling cappings into hive.

    Awesome!

    I just remembered my neighbor is throwing out an old FryDaddy - I will go see him.
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    Re: Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    Hi neighbor "mgstei1" !

    That is funny - I knew SHB fed also on fruit but I have been making a point of growing cantaloupes and winter squash to feed the bees, as well as myself. I have never seen...
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    Re: Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    Bummer about the abscond.

    Have you tried the small hive beetle traps - little plastic tubes that you set above the frames? the "beetle blaster". I get beetles in it. Also I use screened bottom...
  4. Drawing Comb - recycling cappings into hive.

    My bees don't always draw comb right away - I use plastic foundation.

    I have observed that they will recycle the wax from cut-outs. I harvested some honey this week, and I put some of the crushed...
  5. Re: Risk of Africanized devil spawn when hive makes their own queen - dog killers

    I ordered a queen on tuesday AM this week - it arrived Wednesday AM. The UPS driver had it up in the front with him - I mentioned our conversation, and he said yes it was about 100 degrees in the...
  6. Re: Risk of Africanized Devil Spawn when hive makes their own queen - part 2.

    Those are both good ideas.
    Deadeye351, you clarified for me what I needed to do with the word 'nuc', and I have figured out how I can arrange my spare hive furniture to make the split into nucs. ...
  7. Keeping Queens overnight or for a few days

    If you have a queen out of a hive for a few days, what are the best conditions for her and her attendants?

    I have had mixed results.

    I have kept Queens in delivery cages in the garage (90...
  8. Re: Risk of Africanized devil spawn when hive makes their own queen - dog killers

    Yes - I ordered it Monday morning and the UPS truck came Wednesday morning. I was home, but I had put a sign out asking them to put any packages in the shade. That was 10 days ago - pretty much the...
  9. Re: Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    Well, I live in stupid Texas now.

    I have been happy with the productivity and gentleness of the mated queen and her offspring that I got from R Weaver in Navasota TX spring a year ago. The...
  10. Risk of Africanized Devil Spawn when hive makes their own queen - part 2.

    Today is 11 days since I put the Italian Queens I ordered from R Weaver into the hives after my very bad incident with defensive bees. I think I went overboard, though - really only the colony that...
  11. Re: Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    Good, that is reassuring. "Milk Brood" is a more accurate term than "snot".
  12. Risk of Africanized devil spawn when hive makes their own queen - dog killers

    Earlier this year I found one of my hives to be queenless, and I moved a frame of new brood into the hive in hopes that they would raise their own queen. They did, and she was making lots of brood....
  13. Re: Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    No bad smell. Lots of covered brood, lots of dry cells, and a patch of "snot" cells in the middle of a frame.

    The egg goes in first, right? and then the jelly?
  14. Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    One of my hives had become queenless; I put in a frame of young larvae and eggs and they raised their own queen from that frame. Unfortunately, they became much more defensive - a real change in...
  15. Re: Using a blow dryer to uncap frames - pros and cons

    I will have to try it - it might work best with really fresh wax that is over only part of the frame?
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    Inexpensive extractor on eBay - no brand

    This year is the first I have extracted honey. I borrowed the extractor from my neighbor/beekeeping mentor three times this spring/summer. (Returned promptly, clean, with garden vegetables). My...
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    Re: Live Nyger Seed

    "Earlybird 50 Niger" is in the Willhite catalog, at www.willhiteseed.com. Willhite has many vegetable garden seeds, in particular hybrid corn, cantaloupe and watermelon varieties.

    Southern...
  18. Re: Bees using brood area for honey - no Brood!

    I checked to make sure yesterday, if there were brood they were very small, not more than a few days old, beyond my ability to see them. The same time I decided to give the queen in my most populous...
  19. Re: Bees using brood area for honey - no Brood!

    Thanks - I will check again more thoroughly, then either get a mail-order mated queen or give them a frame of new eggs from another hive. Queenlessness would also explain why no new comb, because no...
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    Re: Live Nyger Seed ?

    "Earlybird 50 Niger" is in the Willhite catalog, at www.willhiteseed.com. Willhite has many vegetable garden seeds, in particular hybrid corn, cantaloupe and watermelon varieties.

    Southern...
  21. Bees using brood area for honey - no Brood!

    One of my hives has a deep full of old comb, and I have given them a shallow with wax/wire foundation, which they have not drawn out yet in the last month. I was checking the supers and cleaning the...
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    Re: Southeast Texas Pollen in January

    Try here:

    NASA Map check both Texas and Louisiana in region 12.
    http://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/Honeybees/Forage.htm

    I think the Box elder (maple, Acer) and the willow (Salix) would be most...
  23. Re: Comb from cut-out - Do I let bees rob, or put it in the compost.

    I hear you about the AFB - I think I have given up on hygiene.

    What I did was put it in the compost on the side that is "resting" The bees can get in there, but the varmints can't open the box.
    ...
  24. Comb from cut-out - Do I let bees rob, or put it in the compost.

    A couple days ago I cut a colony out of an electric box, and installed them in my apiary. I could not fit all the honey comb into the hive, so I crushed the honey out for me. I am considering...
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    Re: How to control over size of colony

    I move a frame of brood from the colony that is going gangbusters to one that is poking along. I started two colonies last year - the Italian one from a commercial breeder was very strong, but the...
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