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  1. Re: Robbing - Cause and how to Prevent and Mitigate

    Thanks to all. As usual, the thread got hijacked by some math junkies trying to decide if it costs $4.73 or $4.77/day to feed...kidding!

    Bt seriously, one conflict I caught. Michael Bush said...
  2. Robbing - Cause and how to Prevent and Mitigate

    Now I know and understand the base cause of robbing: a dearth. But I'm having a more unique issue. Every colony I bring home from a cutout is getting robbed. In the last two months I think I have...
  3. Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    I've called and spoken with DSHS for details. They pointed me to the generic food manufacturing facility statutes pertaining to sanitary operations.

    You CAN have the facility on your own...
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    Re: What to do with SHB Slimed Combs

    Sweet! See, that's what I was hoping to hear, something as simple as that. Man these beetles have really gotten to me in the last couple weeks. I feel like I'm losing colonies faster than I'm...
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    Re: Mann lake Plastic Uncapping Tank

    Well yeah, so I just used mine for the first time, and the usual complaint applies. You can't hang the frames. But I suppose this is really not a deal breaker. I'll keep using it.

    Here is the...
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    Re: Beelte Baffle? Have you tried it?

    I'd be interested to see how well it works also. I hope it does work well as it's a super simple concept and very no invasive. Ever tried Beetle Blasters? They suck (IMHO). They just get in the way...
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    Re: What to do with SHB Slimed Combs

    I've seen that by FBM as well. The fire ants consume the proteins, so remaining larvae, bee bread, and SHB larvae. But I don't know if they would clean up the slimy mess all over the frames that the...
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    Re: What to do with SHB Slimed Combs

    Thanks a ton! I had not thought of about pinching the entrance that much, but I suppose it would help. I've removed huge colonies from soffits (under hot roofs) and all they had was a 3/4" knot hole...
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    What to do with SHB Slimed Combs

    I've been at this for two years now in SE Texas, battling beetles (SHB) the whole way. Later in summer we start to really see them increase and in the last few weeks I've lost 2-3 colonies of various...
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    Re: Mann lake Plastic Uncapping Tank

    I am finally looking at getting one of these. Obviously those that own them have figured out tricks to make them better like the frame rest up top. But up till now (and until I get one I suppose)...
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    Protein Content of Pollen

    I'm sure this has come up before, but I'm curious if anyone has ever had their own independent lab analysis done to get a better answer. I've read in general that bee pollen can be anywhere from...
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    Re: FDA Honey Rule

    Haha, not KFC but close. Popeyes Chicken!

    No, I'd prefer they don't label it as honey at all. But since it does contain some honey they are allowed to. Maybe label it "honey flavored sauce". But...
  13. Re: feeding back honey from an extraction

    Good point, I should clarify, I did not "extract" brood and bee bread. I was thinking of the removals I do. As a rule, if it's just one egg on a frame I don't harvest that honey.
  14. Re: Do swarrms sometimes change their mind

    Maybe they swarmed out but the queen didn't. I know this sounds silly but is very possible. The bees get all excited about a swarm and bail out. But then realize they have no queen and head back to...
  15. Re: feeding back honey from an extraction

    I just let the frenzy happen. I leave the full chunks of comb with honey, bee bread, and sometimes even brood (if I can't reasonably fit it into frames) in the buckets in the yard for a few days. I...
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    Re: FDA Honey Rule

    Enforcement is always the question. Even when it is blatantly obvious like the mentioned boom in production by China's neighbors. That's because the US banned Chinese honey years ago, so China just...
  17. Re: Can sugar water be stored at room temperature, and for how long?

    Logically to me, sugar water, or any food for that matter, can only spoil if there is bacteria/fungus available to make it begin to break down. Thinking on fermenting (as would be the fear with sugar...
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    Re: Checkerboard, brood only in shallow

    Agreed. So indeed, just a difference in definition. That should be corrected! I'm not familiar with the climate up there, but assuming there is more cold to come. Heck, it was still down to something...
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    Re: Checkerboard, brood only in shallow

    I have to disagree. I don't know that it is the best thing to do, but it has certainly helped me avoid swarming this spring. Just don't do it when it's still too cold. I'm assuming it may be up in...
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    Re: Checkerboard, brood only in shallow

    I've tried checkerboarding brood from a medium into a deep with little success. The bees just let the brood hatch out of the mediums I moved down, and then they back filled with honey.

    What I...
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    Re: Did First Cutout This Weekend

    Well done! After almost two years doing cutouts I just did my first drop and chop tree job on Friday. It went great as well. I didn't spot the queen right away like you, but she was on the first...
  22. Re: 2 capped queen cells & drone laying existing queen.what to do to insure a good qu

    Pulling all those drones could just be spring buildup. I have a very viable queen down here, laying a solid worker pattern, but when I gave them an empty frame they pulled it almost entirely for...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention

    Thanks to all for your input. I know swarming isn't wholly preventable, as I've split and requeening before to try and stop a swarming movement and they still swarmed. I just want to say I gave it a...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention

    Thanks Matt, that's exactly what I do, almost to a T. I checkerboarded the frames, taking all my single deeps to double deeps, and I always use a strip of beeswax foundation as a starter strip in the...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention

    I am aware of that risk. When I have a hive stuck in swarm mode, I go through and remove all but 2-3 of the swarm cells. If possible I move these extra cells into mating nucs for some insurance...
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