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    My question is do/did german black bees have a...

    My question is do/did german black bees have a more of a propensity to nest in the ground (or caves) than Italians? I am doing a personal research project regarding an 1866 Mason County Texas...
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    Hi Jeffery, Good question. I just popped two...

    Hi Jeffery,
    Good question. I just popped two likely AHB swarms in a box and requeened them two weeks ago. Like you, I would suspect they would kick them out earlier but I havent noticed it.
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    We have a good mesquite bloom now just south of...

    We have a good mesquite bloom now just south of you in San Antonio. Tallow is over here. Had an extended tree catclaw bloom that is just no ending. Good luck.
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    5 gallon bucket of water mixed with 5 cups hand...

    5 gallon bucket of water mixed with 5 cups hand dishwashing liquid poured into entrance after dusk should do it.
  5. I have seen this also.

    I have seen this also.
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    American Honey Plants by Frank C. Pellett A...

    American Honey Plants
    by Frank C. Pellett
    A Dadant Publication
  7. Q. Can beekeeping be done safely in an urban area...

    Q. Can beekeeping be done safely in an urban area where AHB are around?
    A. Yes, but you MUST check your hives routinely. I suggest at least quarterly and anytime you suspect a problem. Be prepared...
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    pickup or catch boxes

    I prefer not to, but sometimes I must move bee yards during the day and I leave some bees. I was wondering what others consider the best option to catch leftover bees when moving bee yards? Brood?...
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    EVERYTHING around here is planted in corn.

    EVERYTHING around here is planted in corn.
  10. Thread: Superboost?

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    I would like to hear from others that tried...

    I would like to hear from others that tried superboost. I tried some superboost in early spring. 16 with and 16 without in the same yard. Pretty fair pollen flow and megabee patties. Significantly...
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    Good reason to mark your queens.

    Good reason to mark your queens.
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    Chintoe, mabuhay! Many prefer plastic tubs to...

    Chintoe, mabuhay! Many prefer plastic tubs to avoid the problem you may be having. Creamed honey is beautiful in glass, however, sometimes when the honey is crystalizing in a glass jar or even after...
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    Forcast low in northern end of brush country is...

    Forcast low in northern end of brush country is 29 on Saturday morning. Brush (huajillo etc) is heavily budded and very tender. This late cold spell might wipe it out. Our normally scheduled day of...
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    Few drones, good drone brood 3 days ago. Light...

    Few drones, good drone brood 3 days ago. Light feed now and sub pollen over winter. South Texas brush country. Severe drought.
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    Seems to me the largest factors on SHB...

    Seems to me the largest factors on SHB populations are ground moisture and temperature. They like hot and wet. I have not noticed a major difference between very rocky soil, rich black dirt and sand.
  16. Thread: new apiary

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    Get the city spot for sales. If you want a larger...

    Get the city spot for sales. If you want a larger outyards later, as demand dictates, rent them and pay in honey as most beekeepers do.
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    I boxed a football sized swarm SW of San Antonio...

    I boxed a football sized swarm SW of San Antonio on Feb 8. Probably absconding or AHB or both. I would wait a bit to put out bait hives.
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    Not a question, but half the people tell you that...

    Not a question, but half the people tell you that they are allergic to bees. The other half tell a story of how they were stung once upon a time.
    I have bees in my roof/wall/meterbox/tree/barbeque...
  19. Thread: Megabee

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    I fed Megabee patty this winter. The bees ate it...

    I fed Megabee patty this winter. The bees ate it great. The pattys mixed per directions from Megabee did not harden abnormally. Also fed Brood builder and Beepro dry. I also tried megabee liquid. The...
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    6 more weeks? I wonder how groundhog taste.Temps...

    6 more weeks? I wonder how groundhog taste.Temps have been cold this winter in South Texas brush country but the news is that we had had no rain since last July.
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    I guess I am the odd man out, but I don't have a...

    I guess I am the odd man out, but I don't have a problem with the product upsetting the natural balance of the hive as virtually everything we do to manipulate colonies is unnatural. $12 a 2 pack or...
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    I seem to be the odd man out but I had trouble...

    I seem to be the odd man out but I had trouble paint pens from bee catalogs, I think POSCA? Paint came off the queens often and quickly. I tried a couple of pens. Others have good success with the...
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    Sometimes when we move bees and the bees drift to...

    Sometimes when we move bees and the bees drift to one hive and beard on front. We call them buzzard bees.... I have no idea why....

    Gotta box full of buzzards over here.

    Watch out those are...
  24. Thread: Good Stock

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    I talked with someone @ Olivairez. I understood...

    I talked with someone @ Olivairez. I understood her to say that they are currently useing on hand stock (Big Island) and selecting for hygenic behavior. They plan to slowly switch to their Min Hyg...
  25. Thread: Good Stock

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    I believe Oliverez they bought Big Island Queen,...

    I believe Oliverez they bought Big Island Queen, not Kona. I am not sure if they brought in their own stock or used Big Island....or a combination.
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