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  1. Thread: falling comb

    by cityboy
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    Seems like each day a new chunk of comb has...

    Seems like each day a new chunk of comb has fallen off a top bar. It's really hot here (90's) and the hive gets late afternoon sun. Could the combs be melting off the bars? Any other ideas?
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    If you put the wax where you want it and touch a...

    If you put the wax where you want it and touch a clean, heated up hot glue gun to it, the wax will melt to the wood. I used this technique this year and it worked well.
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    I use a plastic excluder purchased from Dadant. ...

    I use a plastic excluder purchased from Dadant. I staple it to the front of the tbh over the entrance. The excluder is removed after a few days. I supply sugar/water feed during this time.
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    I have a plastic queen excluder that I staple to...

    I have a plastic queen excluder that I staple to the box, just over the entrance. Works well.
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    Thanks for the help. I put a queen excluder at...

    Thanks for the help. I put a queen excluder at the entrance. Looks like bees are going to stay.
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    Do I need to remove the screen tomorrow? What...

    Do I need to remove the screen tomorrow? What about water for the bees to drink?
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    Hived a swarm today. Provided shade and 1:1...

    Hived a swarm today. Provided shade and 1:1 sugar and water, and closed off entrance with screen. Bees are gathered at the back of the box, at the farthest point away from the entrance. What do I...
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    That's probably what happened. Thanks for the...

    That's probably what happened. Thanks for the reply. Mike
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    Placed captured swarm into tbh today. Checked...

    Placed captured swarm into tbh today. Checked them after supper and they were still there. Just got in, and every bee is gone. TB's have a strip of wax across the top of the bar. Design made...
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    Supersedure. Queen is not yet laying. Mike

    Supersedure. Queen is not yet laying. Mike
  11. Thread: Vitex Plants

    by cityboy
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    Spikes are the dried flowers. Removing spikes is...

    Spikes are the dried flowers. Removing spikes is like "deadheading" a spent flower. Some flowers will continue producing blooms if you cut off the dead/dying flowers. Vitex, apparently, will do...
  12. Thread: Vitex Plants

    by cityboy
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    The seeds can be germinated in pots started in...

    The seeds can be germinated in pots started in the fall. Keep the pots outside until spring. Water beginning in spring to keep the soil moist. Plants will sprout late spring. I have had success...
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    Check out dfw.com to read an article and see...

    Check out dfw.com to read an article and see photos of a bee spill and the resulting highway shutdown. Mike
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    Poll: 39 here. Started last year. Both kids have...

    39 here. Started last year. Both kids have their suits and help me. Wife enjoys helping, too. Mike
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    Thanks, everyone, for your advice. Mike

    Thanks, everyone, for your advice. Mike
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    One of four hives has an alarmingly large pile of...

    One of four hives has an alarmingly large pile of bees dumped just beyond the entrance. Bees dead and living show no sign of varroa mites. Downed bees flop around and struggle before dying. Some...
  17. Thread: stevia as feed

    by cityboy
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    Stevia is an extremely sweet substance. Can...

    Stevia is an extremely sweet substance. Can stevia and water be successfully substituted for sugar water to feed bees?
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    Will bees collect pollen if no eggs/larvae/brood...

    Will bees collect pollen if no eggs/larvae/brood exist in the hive? Mike
  19. Thread: supersedure?

    by cityboy
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    Checked my one and only hive yesterday. Very few...

    Checked my one and only hive yesterday. Very few bees (about a thousand, I'd say), no eggs, no larvae, some honey, no obvious signs of disease and I could not locate the queen. I did find two...
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    My only hive has wax moth damage in the lower...

    My only hive has wax moth damage in the lower deep. Here, eight frames have brood/honey, one frame is unworked by the bees, two are damaged. I moved the damaged frames closer to the center of the...
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    Thank you, all, for your replies. Mike

    Thank you, all, for your replies. Mike
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    Wax moths damaged several frames of drawn...

    Wax moths damaged several frames of drawn foundation from my weakest hive. Can/will my healthy hive collect and reuse the wax? I have placed the damaged frames about 20 yards from the healthy hive....
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    Yesterday evening I was mowing a neighbors yard...

    Yesterday evening I was mowing a neighbors yard and took 10 stings from a hidden hive in the neighbors tree. My left forearm took three and is quite swollen. I've never been stung this much at one...
  24. Thread: Hive Robbery

    by cityboy
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    I recently threw a damp sheet over the hive. The...

    I recently threw a damp sheet over the hive. The sheet stayed on for a day. The robbing ended. Mike
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    Is sugar water used as an immediate food source...

    Is sugar water used as an immediate food source only, or is it converted to honey as well? Mike
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