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    When I do a newspaper combine, I don't put any...

    When I do a newspaper combine, I don't put any holes in the newspaper. The bees seem to chew through it pretty fast.
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    If I recombine with a recently requeened hive, I...

    If I recombine with a recently requeened hive, I would eliminate the swarm queen.
  3. Thread: All drones :(

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    I especially like Michael Bush's advice that you...

    I especially like Michael Bush's advice that you have to go looking for the queen with the approach that you know she is there. Often I find mine right away. But I've had times when I look at every...
  4. Thread: Split Failure

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    That's good to know. I did introduce the new...

    That's good to know. I did introduce the new queen in a cage and all. Maybe next time I should just shake more nurse bees in the split.
  5. Thread: Split Failure

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    I recently did a split right next to the original...

    I recently did a split right next to the original hive. It has been a success. However, I think a lot of the field bees returned to the original hive. I think next time I might actually move the...
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    anyone?

    Still hoping for ideas. Or maybe this has been discussed and there is a thread I'm not finding.

    Thanks,
    Doug
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    when to recombine a swarm catch

    I'm looking for advice on how long I should wait between hiving a swarm and recombining it with another hive. I want to give them enough time to get established, but still get them recombined before...
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    12 ounce?

    I used to use 12 ounce. But then I started brewing my own and realized 16 ounces makes more sense - nothing like a pint at the end of a hot day.
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    pickle jar hole size

    The typical pickle jar lid is just over 4 inches in diameter. One thing I found is that jars differ. We had some fat jars with a lip just below the lid that kept the jar from sliding through the...
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    Drill bit size = very small. I'm not in my shop,...

    Drill bit size = very small. I'm not in my shop, but I happen to have a set of numbered bits that get very small - think about the size of a paper clip wire. That said, it should work with a...
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    What's your favorite feeder?

    Reading the thread about ziplock feeders got me to thinking what different types of feeders people use and the pros and cons of each.

    I am currently using 1-gallon glass pickle jars. I drill a...
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    Good Information

    Thanks for the answers Ernie - I will follow your advice.

    Doug
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    Requeening questions

    My four new queens just arrived. I've requeened in the past. But my hives are a bit different this year, so I'm looking for advice. This year my hives have more drone comb than usual, seem a bit...
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    Source of this Texas hill country dark honey?

    I keep bees in the Texas hill country. In the fall/winter we sometimes get a very dark honey. It has sort of a buttery molasses flavor to it. Would anyone happen to know what the plant source of...
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    Honey Candy Recipes Needed

    I'm looking for recipes to make candy out of honey. Ideally I'd like a recipe that only uses honey as the sweetener (honey + sugar recipes are easy to find).

    Thanks,
    Doug
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    In the book "Keeping Bees" by John Vivian, he...

    In the book "Keeping Bees" by John Vivian, he describes (with pictures) how to make a hinged mold to pour your own foundation.
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    Thanks Jim - my drone comb is in the frames. ...

    Thanks Jim - my drone comb is in the frames.

    Doug
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    Could the same hive swarm again this year?

    I had a hive swarm and caught the swarm. After the swarm was established (3 - 4 weeks) in its new box, I did a newspaper recombine back with the original hive in anticipation of the honey flow here...
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    Newspaper Combine

    A couple weeks ago I managed to catch a couple swarms from my own hives. They now have drawn comb and capped brood, so I'd like to recombine them with other hives using the newspaper method before...
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    Actually I have never removed the wedge. It...

    Actually I have never removed the wedge. It sounded like a lot of tedious work. Instead, I just bend (flex) the foundation to insert it. This works even when I use the metal edges foundation with...
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    Thanks for the advise Ron. It sounds like we...

    Thanks for the advise Ron. It sounds like we share all the same kinds of ants. I'll try the Amdro - it seems to work other places on our property.
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    This year I have made a commitment to keep my...

    This year I have made a commitment to keep my bees well fed with sugar syrup until they decide they no longer need it. But it turns out I'm also feeding the ants. When I pull the feeders (typical...
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    I have two labs. They are typical and follow me...

    I have two labs. They are typical and follow me everywhere. Everywhere except to the hives - they hang back 20 or 30 feet and find a shade tree. Since I don't want them bothering the bees, I tell...
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    Hey, now you're scaring me. We've never had...

    Hey, now you're scaring me. We've never had Buckfast before. Maybe I'm in for a few surprises this year.
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    Reading about people trying to mark queens (and...

    Reading about people trying to mark queens (and sometimes failing) made me think about the marking colors. I thought I read that the color was chosen depending on the year. We just got our four...
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