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  1. Thread: Selling Mead

    by txbeeguy
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    A lot of states (most states?) also have laws...

    A lot of states (most states?) also have laws governing the Producer (separate license) and some require the 'producer' to sell ONLY to a wholesaler (another separate license) before it can be sold...
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    Interesting to see the comments: much as I...

    Interesting to see the comments: much as I expected, some will claim it's glory and some will curse it endlessly.

    I posted a long time ago that I tried a product called Permadent - a wax coated,...
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    I'm thinking I've closed in on the optimum size...

    I'm thinking I've closed in on the optimum size (at least with using the 19-inch long bars) at a depth of aroung 10 or 11 inches (in a slope-sided TBH). The reason I say this, is because even though...
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    I guys; it's been a busy Summer & Fall so I...

    I guys; it's been a busy Summer & Fall so I haven't been posting as much as before. Just a quick update on this year's comb failure.
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    Thought I'd wait until the bitter end when the Texas heat...
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    Nothing too terribly unusual about using carpet...

    Nothing too terribly unusual about using carpet or something similar. In Russia they use cut-to-size, old horse blankets. These can be made quite thick for insulation purposes during the winter.
  6. Thread: New topbars

    by txbeeguy
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    Okankle worte: > ...principle factor in...

    Okankle worte:
    > ...principle factor in preventing comb collapse is having the patience to leave your bees alone...
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    I have to disagree this is a "principle" cause. Last summer was when I had...
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    I'm a big fan of Mann Lake too. But not their...

    I'm a big fan of Mann Lake too. But not their frames - for frames, I like Walter T. Kelley. They got about the best price/quality combination for frames.
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    The most effective way to lock a swarm in place...

    The most effective way to lock a swarm in place is to give them a frame of open brood. This will hold them there long enough for them to decide to stay put; they will almost NEVER leave when brood...
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    Rogerio, Yeah, the lack of AHBs in your area is...

    Rogerio,
    Yeah, the lack of AHBs in your area is why I said I'd also be inclined to keep her (in agreement with MB's advice). If the thrust of your question about requeening in the Fall is out of...
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    I'm inclinded to agree with MB, I'd wait it out...

    I'm inclinded to agree with MB, I'd wait it out and see what kind of shape she's in. You might just get a very good queen out of the deal.
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    MB: (Just FYI)
    At our bee club meeting this past...
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    > ...every time I try to work smarter and not...

    > ...every time I try to work smarter and not harder, I pay in spades.


    Been there, done that....many times!
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    There are a lot of factors that influence the...

    There are a lot of factors that influence the bees' ability/willingness to draw out wax. My experience tells me in the Spring of the year, if the bees need the space, they'll find a way to draw it...
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    Looks great! The cut groove and starter strip is...

    Looks great! The cut groove and starter strip is what I did and it seems to work fine. What I've found is the width (or is it, depth? - i.e., how far the starter strip goes below the bottom surface...
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    Based on my own personal experience last year,...

    Based on my own personal experience last year, I'd say the 23 inches is going to be too deep (too much suspended weight on new comb) and you run the very real risk of comb failure once the summer...
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    Excellent! Congratulations: An outstanding...

    Excellent! Congratulations:
    An outstanding example of the KISS principle at work - the perfect measure of TBH simplicity and functionality.
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    Let's see a photo of the underneath side of your top...
  16. Thread: Medieval Bees

    by txbeeguy
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    Probably should have mentioned, the use of a "top...

    Probably should have mentioned, the use of a "top bar-style" hive may be a fairly good compromise between 'bee gums' of the medieval world and the modern "requirement" of movable frames for...
  17. Thread: Medieval Bees

    by txbeeguy
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    Hi Nancy, You might want to read a book called,...

    Hi Nancy,
    You might want to read a book called, "Archeology of Beekeeping" by Eva Crane - it covers the medieval period very well. Since the invention of moveable frames (cc. 1850's), it has become...
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    One of the two or three gallon plastic, pump-up...

    One of the two or three gallon plastic, pump-up garden sprayers with a wand spray nozzle is what I use. That, and a dishwashing soap like Dawn or Ivory mixed with water so that it's very susdy...
  19. Thread: Africanized

    by txbeeguy
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    > I am simply stating what *I* would do if it was...

    > I am simply stating what *I* would do if it was me.

    And I guess that's a pretty moot point since he already said he was in the process of killing them (which sounds like the right decision to...
  20. Thread: Africanized

    by txbeeguy
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    Michael, NOT GOOD ADVICE if he lives in a...

    Michael,
    NOT GOOD ADVICE if he lives in a tightly packed subdivision and has this hive in his backyard. Please don't give potentially dangerous advice if the specific situation isn't known.
    ...
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    Too funny! (thanks for enlightening me)

    Too funny!

    (thanks for enlightening me)
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    Thanks Bjorn for you *helpful* hint! (Bjorn and I...

    Thanks Bjorn for you *helpful* hint! (Bjorn and I kinda see things alike).
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    As most everyone on this forum knows, I'm a pretty big supporter of the Russian's genetic potential for introducting...
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    opps, meant: "so I wouldn't be surprised..."

    opps, meant:

    "so I wouldn't be surprised..."
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    > I presume she will be Russian, since the egg is...

    > I presume she will be Russian, since the egg is likely one of hers

    Not "likely" one of hers; "definately" one of hers. The chances of it coming from a laying worker, in a queen-right colony...
  25. Thread: Africanized

    by txbeeguy
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    I would have to consider Oxankle's assessment of...

    I would have to consider Oxankle's assessment of the inability to completely manage queen selection to be "right on the mark".

    Several years ago (about the time of arrival of AHB in Texas), I was...
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