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  1. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Interesting, but doesn't at all match my experience with 15 years of foundationless TF. I average about 10% losses. I wonder if the emphasis on splitting is a factor. Weak hives die more...
  2. Re: Your preference for winter feeding: dry sugar OR fondant

    Sugar is sugar to the bees. it doesn't matter if it is dissolved in water as syrup or fed dry with the moisture coming from respiration. It's still sugar to the bee's body. They are both emergency...
  3. Re: Large beehive causing a buzz in Robertson County, KY

    I see a few each year around here.
  4. Re: Mountain Spin-Off Method ? Has anyone tried this ?

    Same with Mountain Camp and you don't need to make bricks.
  5. Re: What are your thoughts on using medium supers exclusively?

    All mediums allows you to move frames where ever you need to. If the brood chamber gets honey bound, just move them up. Too much drone comb, move them up and they become honey storage. Mediums...
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    Re: North Texas and Lumber

    Phillips Lumber Mill, Dekalb, tx. It is really in Avery, but Dekalb is the closest of any size.
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    Re: Wet Bees in Winter

    Don't feed syrup this time of year unless we are going to have a week above 60 degrees. Up until last week the bees were still foraging on golden rod and aster and shouldn't need feeding yet. Later...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    I have been foundationless for 15 years and have never seen a hive with 50% drones. I suggest you had a bad queen.
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    Re: sugar brick concern

    Ditto on the upper ventilation. I prop all of my tops year around. I also do Mountain Camp over the top bars. I would much rather have wet sugar above the bees than water dripping down.
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    Re: Mouse invader/what to do with honey?

    Stack it on the other hives for winter feed.
  11. Re: What to feed during Winter when the hive has no honey?

    Just use the Mountain Camp method of feeding dry sugar. You can find it by searching here.
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    Re: Ultimate In-Hive Feeders

    No you aren't, you simply invert the bucket over a hole in the lid. All of my lids have a hole for that purpose. When not used for feeding I just place a small scrap of wood over it and the bees...
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    Re: Ultimate In-Hive Feeders

    What he said ^^^^^^
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    Re: No Stores Going into Winter

    They don't need to store dry sugar, it's always there on top on the bars.
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    Re: Fortified Sugar Syrup

    I would bet that where you are you pollen available year around. We do. I wouldn't feed syrup in the winter because of the excess moisture introduced into the hive in cool weather. Try feeding the...
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    Re: No Stores Going into Winter

    So why do people believe there is any material difference in feeding bees sugar dissolved in water and feeding them dry sugar? The energy content is the same. The chemistry is the same. As long as...
  17. Thread: mouse guards

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    mouse guards

    It's time to get them on in Texas.
  18. Thread: Fondant is a pain

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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    Mountain Camp method of feeding.....
  19. Re: Looking for a mentor or a local bee club in/near Denton county Texas

    http://texasbeekeepers.org/
    These guys will know.
  20. Re: Will the vibrations of the lawn mower disturb the bees?

    Your bees, maybe. My bees, definitely. A flow or a dearth changes everything. Look out in July and August.
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    Re: Advice on first setup...

    What you have described will work great. I use landscape timbers flat on the ground for my hive stands. Back them to a tree line and you won't need any tie straps until a tornado comes through. ...
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    Re: Do bag feeders work.....

    Down here I don't bother covering them with a box, just invert over a flat plywood top with a 2" hole in it.
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    Re: Where to keep bees?

    July and August are rough in east Texas, but starting in September, the aster and golden rod get rolling and last until Thanksgiving most years. My place is literally covered in calico aster right...
  24. Thread: Theft

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    Re: Theft

    I can send you some bees they won't jack with more than once. Seriously, there's not a lot you can do if they want them bad enough. Locked pasture gates help. Out of site is better yet. Crappy...
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    Re: Question on Bottom Board

    You can hang deep frames in the center of two mediums and the bees will simply build onto the bottom. Once the build up you can cut down the deep frames and continue to use them, or move them to the...
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