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  1. Re: How much money can a beekeeper make in a year owning 100 hives?

    If every hive was broken down into 4 nucs and sold, you would have $40,000-50,000 at $100 to $125 per nuc. That's probably the easiest way to make money on them.
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    Re: Central Texas NewBee 1st Post/?

    It's pretty standard for the queen to shutdown brood rearing in 100 degrees with no flow. That's actually what you want them to do. If they just keep on rearing brood like in the spring they will...
  3. Thread: Ironweed

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    Re: Ironweed

    Mine will work it at times. I haven't really watched to see what times. The bumble bees love it.
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    3 mediums may be shy of two deeps for laying space, but who says the queen should be limited to 3 mediums? My queens lay as much as they want. When the flow gets going, the bees backfill and push...
  5. Re: Re-queening at hot hive on a hot stormy day and then...

    Should have moved those boxes off of the hive stand to another location, and let the guards go back to an empty box. Always makes working the mean ones a little easier.

    If they won't accept the...
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    Re: Open feeding station methods

    Dog waterer. Put a sponge or some gravel in the bowl. When I tried this they emptied it (3 gallon I think) in about 30 minutes.

    http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/beefeeder.jpg
  7. Thread: Queen marking

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    Re: Queen marking

    Paint pen and a marking tube.
  8. Thread: Buildin Stuff

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    Re: Buildin Stuff

    Take a class at a community college or woodworking supply. Then buy a tablesaw.
  9. Thread: old dadant

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    Re: old dadant

    Find an old treadmill. You should be able to salvage the motor and controls. They are vitually all DC motors.
  10. Re: Flow is over. What's happening in hive until Golden rod ! Oklahoma or close to

    In our area I seldom see a need to feed during the summer dearth. Only in extreme droughts do I find it necessary. There are always some horse mint or other wild flowers, gardens, etc to keep the...
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    Re: foundationless frames wedge topbar

    I'm the one that uses frames by simply breaking out the wedge and leaving the little step on the top bar. It works most of the time. It works better if you have a few drawn frames to get them...
  12. Thread: Extractor

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    Re: Extractor

    A 20 frame Dadant is really a 36 frame medium/20 frame deep, all radial. The others are 18/9 or less.
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    Re: Maxant vs Dadant extractor

    My Dadant is the older belt drive. That said, with a 2" gate, I've never had it plug up enough for the honey to reach the reel. It always blows the wax chunks out the gate.
  14. Re: Flow is over. What's happening in hive until Golden rod ! Oklahoma or close to

    I have had no problems with Italians maintaining sufficient numbers for the fall flow. Carmis don't do well in our area for that very reason, they shut down completely then get robbed out.
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    Re: Recommendations for extractor?

    I did without until a Dadant 20 frame electric showed up for $400. I wouldn't sink $1000+ in something that you use a few days a year. The guage of the metal is a red herring too. I've never seen...
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    Re: Maxant vs Dadant extractor

    I have a Dadant 20 that is well over 30 years old. You won't wear out either one.
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    Re: recommendation for a feeder

    Gallon paint can from HD, Small nail to punch holes in the lid, hole in the lid to set it over.
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    Re: When to harvest honey in Texas

    Honey flow in Dallaa area is from mid March or last freeze through mid June. This year it slid a bit later due to all the rain. If you have honey (unlikely this year unless you are on mesquite) you...
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    Re: tips for harvesting without queen excluders

    if there is no brood in the supers, the bees should just about completely abandone the supers. I have never seen a queen above a two box honey cap. If they don't abandone the super, you almost...
  20. Re: Flow is over. What's happening in hive until Golden rod ! Oklahoma or close to

    Two things can happen when the flow ends:
    1). You leave the honey on and they turn it into little bees
    2). You pull the honey and they shut down brood rearing until the fall flow.

    Your choice.
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    Re: Long distance apiary

    The best out yards are well hidden. I add the supers I think they can handle. Usually two on a strong hive. We don't have long or heavy flows here. If I'm wanting to make bees instead of honey, I...
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    Re: Bees are definitely africanized!

    Aggressive splitting helps them accept the new queens. 3 deeps would probably be 6-10 new hives for me.
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    Re: Long distance apiary

    I have most of my hives 50 miles away. I see them 4-5 times a year. I check them in January to make sure they have enough stores for the rest of winter. I super up in March usually. Sometimes I...
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    Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    Yep, a stick under the corner of the top is pretty cheap.
  25. Thread: SHB takeover

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    Re: SHB takeover

    A strong hive can usually fend them off. A nuc is usually a sitting duck. Keep and eye on the rest of them.
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