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    Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    I know this is a old thread but I have searched everywhere for the current requirements for Texas and I have not found any useful links or resources..

    Does anyone know?
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    Re: How would you help this tiny swarm?

    Update....

    I opened the hive this morning and found 20 bees and no queen.... Looks like the nurse bees I left on the new frame and the queens bees had problems... Don't know if they killed her...
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    Re: How would you help this tiny swarm?

    I am worried that the bees are going to have a hard time living long enough to care for and raise their replacements... They are at least 35 days old now and working hard to raise just a small amount...
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    Re: How would you help this tiny swarm?

    What is the idea behind this?
    Moving an existing hive into its place would do what? Make some of those bees take up residence in the trap hive?
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    Re: How would you help this tiny swarm?

    The risk in my area is very small... R Weaver and Bee Weaver have thousands of hives surrounding the area so most likely its either from them or a small after swarm from one of mine ....
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    Re: How would you help this tiny swarm?

    I was worried that not all the bees I "transplant" to the new hive would be gentle house bees.. We have a strong flow going on ( Horse Mint) and all my hives have bottom entrances that are close to...
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    How would you help this tiny swarm?

    In my bee yard I have 15 hives. I have a few 5 frame nucs set as traps around the hives "just in case"..... To m surprise I caught a tiny swarm about three weeks ago... This swarm was only about a...
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    Re: Cut Out From a Semi-Truck Tire

    I say just go for it :)

    The one I did was not that bad at all. Just use a short blade with medium teeth, stay in the side wall to avoid the metal bands and it will cut like hot butter... Make...
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    Re: Cut Out From a Semi-Truck Tire

    Last year I removed a hive from a buried truck tire.. The land owner was mowing and hit the tire. The girls were really upset and came after him on the tractor... I had a battery powered sawzall and...
  10. Thread: Bee Cam?

    by swatkins
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    Re: Bee Cam?

    I just purchased one of these... Wireless Camera It was 99.00 and is working well... I needed sound and this one had it, they make another that does not have sound and is a little cheaper...

    In...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    One of mine swarmed 3/17. Northwest of Houston...

    They like to land on a fence about 20 feet away from the hives. This year they landed on a fence board I had not nailed on so it was a simple...
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    Re: Texas beekeeping, Texas bees

    Hi Mike...

    Did you have a chance to see if you would have an extra nuc for me this year?

    Steve
  13. Is there any way to save sugar syrup that has a little mold in it?

    I made up a batch of 2 to 1 syrup and forgot to put one of the 2.5 gallon containers into the refrigerator. The container has been sitting in the cool barn for about a month and when i found it today...
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    Re: Bees are mad!!

    I am not too far from you if you need a little help.. Just PM for a phone number :)
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    Re: Texas Ag Exemption

    You might check out leasing your land to people that raise cattle. Here that is acceptable for both cattle and hay operations. Its far easier to just lease the land than mess with the cows :)
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    Re: Texas Ag Exemption

    The first place to look is with your County Tax Collector.

    In Grimes County they only allow three classes for ag exemption.. Hay Production, Cattle Production and Wildlife Protection.. We...
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    Re: Finally Looks Like Rain Is Coming To Texas!

    Well for once I am a lot closer to it than you guys!

    About 80 miles inland North West of Houston... Link to my weather station Mine is on the bottom of the page, Bluebonnet Ranch.... We have...
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    Re: Finally Looks Like Rain Is Coming To Texas!

    Oh Great! Just when I went out and bought a rain gauge I could easily read! ;)


    http://www.starnetservices.com/rain gauge.png
  19. Thread: texas poll

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    Re: texas poll

    All of mine are in full sun...
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    Look what came flying by :)

    http://starnetservices.com/swarm1.jpg

    This is the only trap I have of this kind.. I knew it would be a pain to transfer bees but I already had it and kinda wanted to see it in "Action" ...
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    I figured that I could strain them out pretty easy.... I was just worrying about the bee body's releasing toxins into the honey...
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    Re: Texas Drought?

    We received 2.70 inches... It really helped put out this fire...

    http://www.starnetservices.com/IMG00120-20110619-1555.jpg
    This is looking east from the porch of my home on Sunday afternoon.....
  23. Removed a hive... bees in bucket... how long...

    Just returned form doing a cut out... I am dead tired and hoping I can clean the honey in the morning...

    I know there are dead bees in the bucket....Will it affect the honey if the bees are left...
  24. Re: pray for the weavers.. both r and b.. massive fires nearby..

    Here is one that I took. Its looking east about 30 minutes after the fire started. Just to the right of the foreground trees is where one of the Weaver yards is located, about 2 miles away.
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  25. Re: pray for the weavers.. both r and b.. massive fires nearby..

    The fire is about 5 miles east of their offices. It's less than 1 mile to the east of my home in Whitehall.

    The fire started about 1 mile south and 1.5 mile to the east of my place and quickly...
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