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  1. Thread: Texas

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    Re: Texas

    Bastrop 78602

    Wild Plum, some Dandelions, Spiderwort, Ash trees just beginning.
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    Re: Is it necessary to feed a swarm?

    Given the warm weather and lack of any blooms I decided to feed with 1:1 for a short time. Also provided a close source of water. They seem to be settling in just fine.

    No indication they are...
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    Re: Does a Swarm Create a New Queen?

    Laredrone

    I was told there were state specific swarm date threads so requested the Mod to move mine to the TX thread. I doubt it was actually deleted.

    Swarm seems to be doing fine, still here....
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    Does a Swarm Create a New Queen?

    As I understand it, most swarms are led by the resident queen, leaving a new queen behind. If this is the case I expect the swarm queen is 1-3 years old. Once the swarm is ensconced in a new home...
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    Is it necessary to feed a swarm?

    Got a swarm call today in central Texas, will take care of it tomorrow (hope they are still there!). I have been wondering, is it necessary to feed a swarm? Seems to me the bees would not swarm if...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    Now that the swarm season is starting, how often should I reapply SC?
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    Fungi to fight Varroa?

    This is the first I have heard of this. Anyone have any more information?
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  8. Thread: Flavored honey

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    Re: Flavored honey

    My daughter just brought us some Huckleberry flavored honey from her vacation, purchased in eastern Washington, I think. It is very good, and certainly a change. Don't really care if the basic...
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    "Storing Wet Frames"??

    In reading various threads I see references to 'storing wet frames', usually in discussions on how and when to harvest honey. Since the beeks seem to put the wet frames back into the hive for the...
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    Re: Bee Inspector coming next week

    Please give us an update after the inspection. What was the inspector looking for, concerned about? What, if any, guidance were you given? Or was it just in, look for pests/disease, and out?
  11. Thread: Red Cedar Flow

    by marant
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    Re: Red Cedar Flow

    Finally, a chance to tell my aphid/and/ladybug story.....and it is really true:

    We had a couple of filbert trees that were infested with aphids, which harmed production. Upon closer look I was...
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    Re: Finally, My First Swarm........Maybe

    jw

    Probably because I am relatively new to this. They arrived beneath the nuc box one afternoon and by midmorning the next day had already built a piece of comb about 3x3.
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    Re: Finally, My First Swarm........Maybe

    jwcarlson

    As I indicated I did knock them into a box, set it up with 1:1 and water and closed them in for a couple of days. They absconded when I removed the screens.
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    Re: Finally, My First Swarm........Maybe

    Well, as soon as I opened the hive they absconded. It was a pretty small swarm anyway, so on to the next.
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    Re: Finally, My First Swarm........Maybe

    Tim

    Thanks. The queen excluder piece is a good idea, but I only have one and do not really want to cut it up. I use #8 screen to keep them all in. Can she get through #6 screen?
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    Re: Finally, My First Swarm........Maybe

    Just finished hiving the swarm. Went pretty well, two bangs of the nuc knocked all the bees into the hive box. Put the inner cover on, with a qt of 1:1 and a water sponge. Then the top cover. All...
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    Re: Finally, My First Swarm........Maybe

    Closer inspection revealed that they have started to build nice white new comb on the bottom of the nuc, which juts out from the support. So, I intend to move them into an 8 frame box, cutting and...
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    Re: Finally, My First Swarm........Maybe

    Well, the swarm is still there, still in a ball the size of a large grapefruit, hanging on the bottom of the bait box.

    Can I expect them to move in, or should I proceed with an actual capture and...
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    Finally, My First Swarm........Maybe

    I have had 4 swarm bait boxes out around our 3/4 acre lot for some time with no results.

    This morning there was a swarm of bees on one box, flying all around, with a little bearding at the...
  20. Re: Can I Expect My Hive To Swarm If They Run Out Of Room In July-September in Texas?

    The mesquite bloomed quite early here, before all the rain began. Did not see many bees then. However, they are all getting ready to bloom again now. Hopefully it will be productive before the...
  21. Can I Expect My Hive To Swarm If They Run Out Of Room In July-September in Texas?

    If a hive in Texas is not to expanded to correspond to incoming nectar from July to September can I expect it to swarm late in the season? If not, what can I expect to happen?
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    Re: Are These White Spots a Problem?

    Thanks, that is a relief. I thought that was probably what it was, but without much experience was not sure.

    Wonder what it is? I will have to look around and see if I can figure it out.
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    Are These White Spots a Problem?

    I just went out to observe my hive and saw something I have not seen before. Quite a few bees have rectangular white spots on their backs, between the wings. The spots are about 1/16" long and half...
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    Re: Bee Hive as Security While Away From Home?

    Kidbeeyoz

    Thanks for the article referral. Interesting to learn about the use of bees for offense and defense, even in war.

    Particularly liked the quote "meat seeking missiles"!
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    Re: Bee Hive as Security While Away From Home?

    I am going to give them all headlamps and tasors! LOL
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