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  1. Re: Leaving a medium w/honey on two supers for the winter?

    I do this - just shake the ladies down in the deeps in the spring. No feeding necessary.
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    Quick top bar hive question

    I read somewhere that tbh need more supervision - I get out to my hives once a week is that enough to have a tbh?
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    So I made a Nuc - now what?

    So after reading everyone talking about nuc's I bought a five fame deep Nuc kit. I pulled a bunch if frames and they have done great. Last week found two frames full of eggs - new queen is laying...
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    Re: 16 day inspection

    I am only a year into this great hobby but what I have learned so far is it sounds like your bees are doing great. Relax and enjoy your bees.(i know it is easier said than done)
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    What a great year - thanks for all the help

    Started with two packages last April. They produced around 60# of honey plenty for Christmas gifts for all. I have learned so much and have much more to learn. This board has been so useful I just...
  6. Thread: New split

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    Re: New split

    I'm in central Texas this time of year we get into the 60's upper 50's at night - what do you think?
  7. Thread: New split

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    New split

    So I am in the process of doing my split - I have a deep drawn out full of bees and have placed a deep ( new) on it- should I mix some of the frames(checkerboard)?
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    What should I do?

    I am currently using b weaver bees - these guys are treatment free (mean) but doing well. I accidentally ordered some queens from r weaver and they have arrived . These bees are NOT treatment free....
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    Quick split question

    I have two hives that will are a year old and both are doing well. They are in two deeps and have a honey super on them that they are working on. I have two new queens coming today..... I am...
  10. Thread: Cedar Pollen

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    Cedar Pollen

    Do bees eat cedar pollen?

    If so my bees will never go hungry!!!!!
  11. Thread: Split question

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    Re: Split question

    Yes have two queens coming in April
  12. Thread: Split question

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    Split question

    I have two hives and am planning on splitting them into 4 hives. My two existing hives consist of two deeps and a honey super ( which is full).

    Here comes the question-

    Could(or should) I just...
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    Re: General Beekeeper Wisdom Needed

    You could have some sort of drape?
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    Re: General Beekeeper Wisdom Needed

    You should design a bee hive that you could hang out the window - that would bee cool
  15. Thread: Winter questions

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    Winter questions

    Setup : two hives installed from packages last April. They are in two deeps with a honey super still mostly full.

    Today was in theb70's so I took a peek inside and had plenty of bees and stil...
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    Please help me understand keeping a Nuc

    I understand the value of having the extra bees and an extra queen in having a few regular hives and a Nuc BUT what I don't understand is why not just have one more hive? How and why do you keep a...
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    Re: Winter death question

    I went to check on the ladies today and they seemed totally
    Normal. I decided not to open them up and bother them but besides the
    Dead bees on the ground they were good. If they we're eaten up...
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    Winter death question

    I am in Texas and we have had a great fall lots of rain and warm. Over the last week or so winter has hit and it was cold 30 - 40's. Yesterday and today was warm and sunny. I went to check on the...
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    Re: January question.

    Mayday,

    What you do is what I am planning on doing - do you need to worry about swarming early in the season or has the hive reduced to winter size? How long do you feed before adding the super...
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    January question.

    I was talking to the head of my bee club and he said we start feeding in January to get the hive going good before spring flowers take off. This got me to thinking- my hives have supers that are...
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    Re: What are your plans and goals for 2014?

    2013 goal - to get enough honey for my daughter to give honey as Christmas gifts - done!
    2014 goal - 1. To go from 2 to 4 hives via splits
    2. Have enough honey for daughter to...
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    Re: Honey crystalizing before I can give it away

    luckly for us we have laminated labels so nice warm bath will do no harm. Thanks for the tips.
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    Honey crystalizing before I can give it away

    The goal for the first year of this bee project was for my daughter to give honey as christmas gifts to everyone. We have had a great year and collected about 5 gal. The first batch that we...
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    venting a solid bottom board

    Just bought two new hives for next year. They came with solid bottom boards. I am in texas so I worry more about heat than cold. should I drill some holes in the bottom and cover them with wire...
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    Compressing hive question

    In all of my reading both here and books it talks about compressing the hive to lessen the space the bees must keep warm - this makes perfect sence to me. In Texas we have been blessed with a very...
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