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    Re: Need some robber screen advice

    Your robbing screen openings are still to large. Make the opening no more than 3/8". Think "one be at a time." You may also need to move those girls to another yard away from the robbing bees. Once...
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    Re: Ventilated Suit for Daily Use

    I agree with Houstonbees, I use Ultrabreeze jackets. I haven't found anything better. Over the years I have bought several, but my original one, bought seven years ago, is still serviceable.
  3. Re: First Time - African? - Tips - Taking swarm out of house

    If you plan on doing this often, you should buy or build a bee vacuum to use if you don't find the queen. They are a great tool making a hard job much easier.
    You might be able to find the queen in...
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    Re: Aggressive bees, hot hives, and AHB

    Daniel, my other observation is this, rules that apply to normal bees, do not necessarily apply to partial AHB hives. They make and play by their own rules.
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    Re: Bees still seem aggressive

    Bees can seem more defensive if there is no flow going, or they are being bothered by some external factor, like a skunk or racooon. If they still seem hot after a few inspections, then you probably...
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    Re: Inner cover upside down?

    Probably upside down, although I have seen hives build wax thru the hole into the space above, with foundation only frames in the hive, I guess it takes all kinds.
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    Re: Aggressive bees, hot hives, and AHB

    I have had hives from swarms and cutouts that will remember me for a couple of days and start hitting my veil when I am still 50 feet away from them. If you catch swarms and do cutouts in Texas, you...
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    Re: Relocating Bees less than a mile away

    I have used queen excluder also, but only on a few nucs, and not enough times to say that it will work everytime, but I think it will work on large hives also.
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    Re: Relocating Bees less than a mile away

    I have moved hives less than a mile on several occasions. For me, I find that moving the bees at dusky dark, and leaning an inner cover in front of the hive entrances, gives me less problem with lost...
  10. Re: Another Sugar Water Question. Spoiled, Fermented...does it really matter???

    1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar in each 5 gallon bucket will hinder the mold by reducing the ph of the sugar water. Add after the sugar is completely dissolved and off the heat.
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    North Texas drones

    Any beeks in North Texas seen any drones flying? I have some drone brood but none hatched yet.
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    Re: Keep burning glo plugs on Oa vap

    The well in the vaporizer is drilled to fit the element only, so no extra space exists to retard heat transfer. The set screw has a flat bottom and keeps the element snug against the wall of the well.
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    Re: Keep burning glo plugs on Oa vap

    One option with the glow plug burning out is to drill, tap and use a set screw to maintain contact between the plug and the side off the hole. This allows better contact and heat transfer. Thermal...
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    Re: Beeginer in Texas

    Welcome from Crowley Tx. Be glad to help and good luck.
  15. Thread: Strawberries

    by Ron B.
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    Re: Strawberries

    I agree that strawberries are not of great importance for bees, but bees will pollinate strawberries when pollen sources are weak. I have 6 hives on a small strawberry patch and find bees working the...
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    Re: Refrigerated Sugar Water on Bees?

    I have waited until night, and misted the outside bees with water and they all marched into the hive. I don't know if this would work during the heat of the day.
  17. Thread: Will they draw?

    by Ron B.
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    Re: Will they draw?

    If they need comb, they will draw comb. Normally they won't draw comb if they don't need it.
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    Re: Next few days will be hot, hot, hot...

    The top cover prevents heat from the direct rays of the sun. If you remove the top cover and leave the inner cover, I think the direct heat of the sun will add heat to the hive.
    If you put a little...
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    Re: How many medium frames= 5 gallon pail?

    I usually get just a little more than 5 gal. from 2 supers, maybe 65 lbs.
  20. Re: What is the best and cheapest place to buy honey bottles?

    For plastic jars, try Sailor Plastics, they have a good selection, and good prices.
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    Re: When to harvest honey in Texas

    I live about 40 miles from you in Crowley,and the flow here is from very early May until middle of June, normally. Last year the flow lasted until the middle of July, and this year my bees continue...
  22. Thread: First Cut Out

    by Ron B.
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    Re: First Cut Out

    If you have access to a bee vac, you can make this a one stop cutout. With your plan,if you don't get the queen in your box, most of the bees will not move into your box.
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    Re: Looking ahead to Winter: surplus brood?

    Why not get the queen in the lower box, put a queen excluder on and allow the brood to hatch. Over the winter you can feed the honey frames back to the bees if they need it. If not, the honey frames...
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    Re: White powder substance on back of bees

    Have you looked at all the frames to see if something could be rubbing off on the bees inside the hive?
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    Re: Is My Queen Laying?

    Listen to the hive, and try to judge the temperament. A queenless hive will have a small roar, and may be a bit testy.
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