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    Re: Beeginer in Texas

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

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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.
  4. Thread: Will they draw?

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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.
  7. 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...
  9. Thread: First Cut Out

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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.
  13. Re: North Texas specific question - mesquite flow

    I live outside Crowley, south of FW, and the Mesquite bloom is almost over. I still see a few flowers on some Mesquites but not like it was two weeks ago. I don't recall a bloom as intense as we have...
  14. Re: Have you ever caught a swarm with a marked queen?

    Last year, I did a cutout from a soffit on bees that had swarmed there about 2 weeks earlier, found a marked queen busily laying. As far as I know, my friend still has the bees and queen.
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    Re: diy extractor question

    A drill will work, but I found that a motor from a treadmill will allow much more control over the speed. The control circuit input is AC and converts the power to DC to drive the motor. This...
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    Re: Queen with spotty brood

    If she is laying a spotty brood pattern in her second year, do you really want to continue that bloodline?
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    Re: Hot hive solution

    Will queens produced and mated in the same yard get you any less aggressive queens? I have had mixed results doing this same thing. I think the availability of good drones is the determining factor.
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    Re: First bees from cut down

    I'm doing the same thing, although I plan on adding a frame of open brood on Monday, to help entice the queen up into the hive box.
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    Re: feeding new bee packages. .....

    I would hold off on buying more sugar unless you want to store it for awhile, 2 packages just don't take that much.
  20. Re: Small scale extraction set up? Up to 20 hives..

    I would definitely get a motorized extractor in your case, but pumps, heaters and such are not needed. I put a gate on a 5 gallon bucket and used that for a bottling tank for years. I still store up...
  21. Re: Are drone bees fertile right after hatching?

    Radar is correct, if you sample a drone as you would for collecting semen, you will see that semen takes 10 to 14 days to be mature in drones.
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    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    If you are expecting to see a cell that looks like a grafted egg in a cell base with many thousand bees to care for it, I think you will be waiting a long time. I would worry more about having enough...
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    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    I think this queen cell looks fine. Most cells that are not on queen cell bases, or that have not had the bottom portion of the cell walls removed, look like this cell. Since the cell is capped...
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    Re: Anyone use Dadant's "economy" frames?

    I have bought hundreds and have never had an issue.
  25. Re: Here is a video of the Activity at my hive. Are they about to swarm?

    Looks like an orientation flight.
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