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    Re: Best Way to Make More Bees?

    They are varroa resistant from BeeWeaver. New queen a month ago, laying well, with new bees beginning to orient. Looked like I had a hundred or so yesterday.

    Lost maybe 1/2 bees a couple of...
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    Re: Best Way to Make More Bees?

    I would like to do that, but have not been able to do so yet.
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    Re: Best Way to Make More Bees?

    Thanks. Do you think I need to worry about a source of protein? It does not look like they are bringing in much pollen.
  4. Thread: New Bees

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    Re: New Bees

    I am a first year beekeeper. Does that make me a "fad"? I am learning every day, and depend upon Besource for all my education. I love it and expect that I will eventually become a true beek.
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  5. Orientation Flights: Temperature Sensitive?

    Earlier in the year before it got hot my bees had orientation flights around 2:30 to 3:30. Now they just came out at 6:45. Are they temperature sensitive for their orientation flights? It does not...
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    Best Way to Make More Bees?

    As a first year beek with only one hive I seem to have made every mistake in the book, but still have my hive. I think it would probably be termed weak, though I really do not know the criteria. It...
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    Re: Celebrity Beekeeper

    I really do not understand the undercurrent of this thread that one must 'be a beekeeper' and not a bee haver. I think that the more publicity and support the bee community can get the better and...
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    Re: Wichita Falls, TX bee attack...

    Many years ago while at work I was advised by one with much more experience than I that if you get into bees or hornets at work to immediately run as fast as you can uphill.

    To which I of course...
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    Re: What Size Hole for Beetle Trap?

    Thanks, everyone. Based upon this information and some from other forums I have decided to go with 5/32 holes. Will let you know how it works out.
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    Re: What size opening for beetle trap?

    Thanks, everyone. That is the information I needed. Now it is off to the shop!
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    What size opening for beetle trap?

    I am working on a beetle trap idea and need to know the proper size for the beetle entrance, large enough for them to get in but small enough to exclude the bees. I am thinking 1/8", since I think...
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    What Size Hole for Beetle Trap?

    I am working on a trap for small hive beetles and need to know the proper size hole to drill that will allow them in but keep the bees out.

    Also, the trap will be enclosed and horizontal. Should...
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    Re: Supercedure Split to save Queen?

    Thanks, everyone. It is refreshing to find I am not way off base, at least once!
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    Supercedure Split to save Queen?

    Installed a new queen several weeks ago. Installation was successful, and she seems to be laying quite well.

    Upon inspection found some supercedure cells. Guess the bees are not happy with her...
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    Re: tankless water heater

    We have a tankless for the main bath, which works very well. But for the kitchen sink, which is far enough away from the tankless that it takes forever to heat up I installed a small 2 gal electric...
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    Re: Single frame "harvest"

    I had an idea to put it into a large plastic bucket, leaning at an angle, then just swing it around 8 or 10 times. Turn frame over and repeat. Have not had a chance to try it. If you do let me know...
  17. Thread: Robbing Decoy?

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    Robbing Decoy?

    I was just out watching my hive late in the afternoon (7:00). A lot of activity, possibly robbing, but cannot tell. It is not a mass of bees, just more than normal. Some on the ground, it appears...
  18. Thread: Do any of you

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    Re: Do any of you

    As a retired lawyer my advice was often to not bother with an LLC or corporation. They are only valuable to limit one's liability in the event of a problem, and most people just continue to operate...
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    Save the Bees: NPR

    An interesting article from NPR:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/09/329994522/biologist-says-promoting-diversity-is-key-to-keeping-the-bees?ft=1&f=1007

    btw, the local NPR station will...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    78602
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    Texas Purple Sage
    7/8/14
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    Re: DIY Crush and Strain equipment

    If you go to your local grocery store bakery you can often get food grade buckets free in various sizes
  23. Re: Live Bees Thick on Bottom of Hive. What Does This Mean?

    Lots of houses on 1/4 to 1 acre lots, a lot of land in native brush and trees, and large pecan orchard within 400 yds. Suspected the orchard, but I think it was long past pecan bloom so do not know...
  24. Re: Live Bees Thick on Bottom of Hive. What Does This Mean?

    Conclusion: Pesticide kill.
    Beltsville took about 3 weeks. No mites or disease. No SHB of consequence. Hive recovering slowly, just installed new queen.
    I have no idea of source of pesticide.
  25. Re: Massive Die Off from SHB. Is There A Treatment Free Solution?

    Just received results from Beltsville. Mailed sample 6-8, received results 6-27.

    Finding: No tracheal or Varroa mites, no disease. Did not comment on SHB which was present in the sample. Based...
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