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    Re: When do we check the hives???????

    My inspections are largely based on the activity around the hive entrance. If there is little activity on the landing board, there's usually a problem and an inspection is needed. A cloud of bees...
  2. Re: Well now, what do we have here? Pics from my last inspection

    That's an awfully crowded population in those photos; I strongly suggest giving the hive a lot more room. You may find that if you move all of the frames as close as possible together, with equal...
  3. Re: need advice on stored honey frames for last year.

    My honey laden and sticky frames are stored outside under a shady bush inside a rectangular plastic storage bin from Walmart. No bee activity around it whatsoever even though it's only 60 feet from...
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    Re: Political signs...

    I simply went to the a sign maker and asked for his rejects; he was pleased to give me all that I wanted!
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    Re: Two small laying worker hives

    Newspaper combine (one layer, sliced) and a new queen. I had a similar problem this year with two packages that lost their queens and the hives developed laying workers. Combining them and...
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    Re: First Inspection after 5 days

    It appears that you first pulled frames from the middle of the box; don't do that, always start by pulling an outer frame first and then sliding the other frames into the gap before pulling. The...
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    Re: screened or solid base

    Certainly a screened bottom board. Texas can get mighty hot (and humid). Allow some venting on the top of the hive also.
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    Re: Bee equipment storage barn

    There are a lot of nice pre-built sheds available from local garden centers.
  9. Thread: First harvest!

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    Re: First harvest!

    Very happy to hear of your success! Keep it up!
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    Re: lost a lot of bees today

    A bit confused here. Are you using reducers (hope not)? You should also be using some way to slightly lift the inner cover for ventilation, usually a stick or a coin between the inner cover and...
  11. Re: I'm not sure ? Robbing or my bees attempting to swarm ?

    As an expert beekeeper with absolutely no credentials and only two full years of experience, it was the feeders. Put them away until the fall.
  12. Thread: sugar syrup

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    Re: sugar syrup

    Why are you feeding????? Your hives are filling up with syrup instead of honey; come time for extraction all you will get is syrup. As for storing it, read the label on the HBH bottle; it probably...
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    Re: Frames all Syrup no Eggs!!

    It's a very weak hive. If you can't combine it with another hive your only choice is to requeen quickly, but don't hold your breath. Sorry about being pessimistic but we've all been through this.
  14. Thread: Mystery larva

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    Re: Mystery larva

    Photos save thousands of words. Without photos it's a crap shoot.
  15. Thread: Who sells BT

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    Re: Who sells BT

    Any garden center has BT; look for somewhat small green plastic bottle. It usually has some other name but in the smaller print it will always say "bacillus thur....."
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    Re: Honey in 2nd brood box

    When I see a deep or brood box frame full of capped honey, I simply swap it with an empty frame and let them start over. If the hive is low on honey come fall I sometimes put that frame back in,...
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    Re: Galvanizes wire in honey frames?

    Your galvanized wire is harmless. Use it. Incidentally, I'm using monel wire (copper/nickel alloy) just because I have a spool of it.
  18. Re: Day 40 Hive Inspection. Looks like too many drones to me. Any thoughts? (Pictu

    Go for the replacement queen ASAP. Don't waste your investment in that hive.
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    Re: Trying the "snake oil"

    It would seem that no one on the forum has ever used caspian, including myself. If you can report back to the forum after a couple of years of using the stuff, please let us know the honest results....
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    Re: Burr Between Frame and Box

    I can't tell, but do you have all of the frames in the box? That's an awfully gap where the comb has been built and gaps like that will always get filled with comb.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    June 5- Performed a last chance inspection for brood in H2- none. Its a very nasty hostile hive. Have placed a queen order through the Fat Bee Man.
    June 10- Installed new queen in lower deep of H2.
  22. Re: Hive inspection! Please come on in and offer advice if you got it. (photo heavy)

    Excellent! No problems there!
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    Re: Honey in the brood box

    The bees don't really need honey at this time of the year but they do need space for brood. I suggest that you remove the capped honey frame(s) and put it aside. Come extraction time and there is...
  24. Re: Dying to Know What my Bees are Foraging (Ohio)

    I wouldn't concern myself with an apple orchard that is 2-300 years away; none of us will be around that far out and chances are the orchard will be long forgotten after another century. Just be...
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    Re: Busy Time of Year..What to Do?

    Put your QE in storage and put on one super; that should work just fine.
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