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  1. In a tough spot for restarting my bee keeping

    Hello all,
    I was gone a lot last year, which lead to my neglect of my hives and I ended up losing both. I'm supposed to pick up two more packages next week, but just found out I've got to go back...
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    Re: reusing wax moth damaged frames and boxes

    Thanks. We will have several nights of freezing weather here in north Tx. I'll scrape the boxes clean and put all new foundation in the frames before the spring.
    Steve
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    reusing wax moth damaged frames and boxes

    Hello,
    I have a hive that died out this summer and was then over run by wax moths. Even though the wood is a bit damaged now, any reason I cant scrape all the stuff out, replace the foundation and...
  4. Thread: angry hive

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    Re: angry hive

    I thought that was funny! :banana:
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    replace brood foundation

    I'd like to start replacing the foundation in my brood boxes since it is on it's fifth yr now. Anyone aware of any posts that I can read that go over this? No luch with a search, I'm looking to get...
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    need to clean some frames

    Hello all,
    I pulled out two old supers out of my garage that wax moths had gotten into. I'd like to clean them up for re-use. Is there a tool (or good idea)I can use to clean the old wax and...
  7. Re: Black Friday @ Lowes: Werner Aluminum Work Platform

    Did not think of using these while inspecting the hives - but I have two that I use for just about everything else around the house. Got them last year on sale.
  8. Thread: Mean Bees

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    Re: Mean Bees

    No signs of external issues such as skunks. But I do have a 6.8 SPC with a night vision scope mounted to it, I'll be on the look out for a while.

    Went back out to mow today before the rain and...
  9. Thread: Mean Bees

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    Re: Mean Bees

    Hello Irv,

    These queens / hives are on their third year. I moved them here from GA. when I moved just over two years ago. I cannot remember the name of the apiary I bought them from, but it is...
  10. Thread: Mean Bees

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    Mean Bees

    Hello all,
    I used to be able to mow and weedeat around my hives (3) with no trouoble at all.
    This year though, it has become a chore that I have to do with a veil and gloves. Inspecting all three...
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    My bees have closed off the bottom super

    Went in and did a thorogh inspection of all my hives this weekend and found somethig odd.
    In one of my hives, the bees had joined together the bottom of all of the frames with propolis. This is the...
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    Re: foundation issue?

    I'll move some things around and see what happens.
    It has been rather dry here in the Dallas area lately, but they are still bringing in nectar and pollen.
    Thanks,
    Steve
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    foundation issue?

    Hello all.
    I just ran into an odd situation that I was wondering if anyone else has experienced lately.
    About two months ago, I bought 5 new medium supers, frames and plastic foundation from a...
  14. Thread: Painting

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    Re: Painting

    The great thing about bees is they aren't judgemental. They won't mind if you got a bit of paint inside.
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    Re: Swarms have been huge this year!

    Still haven't seen a swarm yet! But all four of my hives are doing great so far - they are all up to 4 supers tall, one is 5 tall so I'm happy.
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    Re: Moving hives and keeping the bees inside

    I'm no expert on the subject, but I've moved my four hives a few times maybe a couple dozen feet just so I could rebuild stands. My mentor told me years ago that all I need to do was block the...
  17. Thread: Wasps in hive?

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    Wasps in hive?

    On a few of my hives, I left the entrance feeders in place, with a spare lid closing the opening so that I didn't have to break the propolis around the entrance reducer. I pulled the lid off...
  18. Thread: windbreak idea

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    windbreak idea

    Since I am lazy and don't like bending over a lot, I've put all of my hives up on 4x4 frames that put the bottom board about 20" off of the ground.
    Instead of buying a bunch of straw bales or...
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    another feeding question

    I've got a hive that is still a bit lighter than I would like going into winter, would it hurt anything to throw a piece of fondant on top of the frames in addition to the feeder I've got on this...
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    Re: h) Hive design, what type?

    To answer your question, I suggest going with all one type of super. I am getting rid of all my deeps and going to use all 10 frame medium supers.
    I have already taken my nucs (4) and cut them down...
  21. Thread: late swarm issue

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    late swarm issue

    I went out back just before sunset today and found a small swarm in the lower branches of a tree near-by that I swept intyo a nuc. I am sure this is a result of overcrowding. I know it is too late...
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    Re: prepping for winter question

    Local info would be nice, but no joy yet.
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    prepping for winter question

    I went into the strongest hive I have yesterday with the intention of reducing the hive to two deep supers for brood and a medium full of honey.
    When I went into the top super, another medium, I...
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    Re: No queen - is it too late?

    You'll have to find a supplier that sells proven queens. The problem you'll run into with other than already mated is now is the time of the year that the drone population is getting slim, so...
  25. Thread: strange smell

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    Re: strange smell

    All of my hives smell like stinky socks. It is all the goldenrod that is being worked right now.:banana:
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