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  1. Re: when is the best time to start ??????

    Man is that not the true - $3.00 boxes for deeps. My costs are twice that for mediums. And looking for another apiary site as well for next year.

    beefmaster2015 - I am a newbie but if I was in...
  2. Re: when is the best time to start ??????

    Man is that not the true - $3.00 boxes for deeps. My costs are twice that for mediums. And looking for another apiary site as well for next year.

    beefmaster2015 - I am a newbie but if I was in...
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    Re: Control poison ivy

    Garlon 4 Ultra or Remedy. Drop or two of it mixed with 80% vegetable oil on the main stem - dead poison ivy. Know you are looking at a non-chemical methods but I have no knowledge of those methods....
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    Re: Side Note - Laying Workers

    Hmmm, makes me wonder, did that one bee lay all three or just add another to the cell? Neat observation.
  5. Re: I've got brood back! Comments welcome on ANYTHING you see!

    Wayne - I would agree with the fact that you cannot see a layer worker. I have created layer worker conditions probably 6 or 7 times in the last year in mini 5 frame mating nucs. Looked those hives...
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    Re: Side Note - Laying Workers

    Thanks, Visited his site a lot, guess I just overlooked that page.
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    Side Note - Laying Workers

    Did not want to steal a thread, but I am really curious so I started a new one. Has anyone seen a laying worker in the act? Never considered the potential of a colony have more than a dozen,...
  8. Re: I've got brood back! Comments welcome on ANYTHING you see!

    The theory behind a shake out is that a laying queen (with enlarged abdomen due to ovaries producing) and laying worker (should have similar issue, just not quite as big) cannot fly or fly well. The...
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    Re: Dripping honey down entrance

    Ace - I would not try a cut out in ya'll winter, in Texas it is a different story. But a couple hours of exposure when in a cluster that is been busted up might do most in. I would go for it now,...
  10. Re: when is the best time to start ??????

    Ditto on what Radar said. And use this winter to build all of your hive bodies, inside feeders, etc..
  11. Re: I've got brood back! Comments welcome on ANYTHING you see!

    Laying workers will often have multiple eggs per cell and tend to be on the sides often too. But somehow only one drone per cells end up going in the end. And like Walt said, they can produce solid...
  12. Re: I've got brood back! Comments welcome on ANYTHING you see!

    If you ever think you have a suspected laying worker I would do a shake out frame by frame before adding the queen cage. I go though every thing, including hive box, bottom board, it all gets...
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    Bumble Bee

    I made a weak nuc about a month ago from a trap out to reduce a colony in a wall's strength. It has queen cell added and is doing ok. Had top entrance with an opening 1 inch by 3/8 inch.
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  14. Re: Surplus population after pulling supers.

    MTN-Bees - was this in the spring? summer? fall?
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    Re: Dripping honey down entrance

    Chuck - ditto on that. I have seen dripping honey is barn wall that apparently did it each year for the last 3 or 4 years during August. I figured the heat. Just no easy way to get to the hive and...
  16. Re: OK -- the robber bees made a visit today !

    If it is just one or two hours, try this. Get one of those directional sprinklers like rainbird or such. Set it were it targets spraying a mist, sprinkle across the entrance of the hive and leave...
  17. Re: Not sure how to mate queens by the numbers

    jcolon - Are you just looking at producing only 30 queens or 30 queens a batch. If you only want 30 queens, then you only need 30 mating nucs? If you are trying to go through a batch a week or 2...
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    Re: Bottom board plywood

    3/4 warps a little less easily than 5/8 which does not warp as bad as 1/2. But is all works, just get it well painted before setting it in the sun long.
  19. Re: Fall and winter in southerly climates...

    John - Fed only when build up started. I let them all store up what they could in the fall and didn't take anything from the hive in the fall. Most of them had about 1 and 1/2 mediums of honey...
  20. Re: Fall and winter in southerly climates...

    Walt - Good stuff, thanks for sharing.

    John - I am new at this, but sitting within 20 miles of the gulf coast in TX. So take what I post with some that in mind, I have minimal experience to...
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    Re: cement board

    Are ya'll talking about hardi-board/plank?
  22. Re: How much money can a beekeeper make in a year owning 100 hives?

    Kilo - I do appreciate advice like that, well laid out and someone could start planning from the information you provided.
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    Re: What to do with nucs that swarmed?

    That caught me by surprise as well.
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    Re: I am at a crossroad.....I think?

    Most of you are missing the point on wintering in Texas, especially where SouthTexasJohn is. The average January temperature is 37 degrees in Frio County. They probably have 310+ days of growing...
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    Re: Grafting 101?

    Croc - Do you think this area of the Gulf Coast would produce queens right now? Not seeing much sign of flow yet. Plan to try it in a few weeks. Would like to have one successful grate this year. ...
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