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  1. Thread: Color of honey

    by GaryG74
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    Re: Color of honey

    My early honey is usually very light colored and the fall aster and golden rod honey is darker.
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    Re: drones for winter?

    I have several, very healthy 2 deep, 3 medium hives with some drone brood right now. I get a few fall swarms that are small, about the size of a football, every year. They always have some drones...
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    Re: ok need some advise

    I'd give her another two weeks minimum before taking any drastic action like pinching her. My experience here has been about 28-30 days from swarm date until new larva and eggs. She'll need to get...
  4. Thread: Hello Everyone

    by GaryG74
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    Re: Hello Everyone

    Welcome to BeeSource!
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    Re: So many thanks! So much to learn!

    We were all beginners at one time, and I'm still learning every day. BeeSource is an excellent source of information for all bee keepers, no matter what our experience level.
  6. Thread: Feeling lost

    by GaryG74
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    Re: Feeling lost

    Welcome to BeeSource and good luck with your bees! Sounds like your supplier wanted to sell you a queen. Agree with advice above. Keep us informed.
  7. Re: First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??

    I made "frames" for my buckets using 1X2s and stapled window screen onto the "frames" The length varies as they fit into a round bucket and the height is about 3" less than the height of the bucket...
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    Re: New Beek wanabee

    Welcome to BeeSource! Start with two hive so you have resources to fix problems that will arise.
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    Re: Supersedure Cells

    There's a reason they're called supercedure cells.
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    Re: Single Queen Cell

    Be sure to remove the excluder before the drones emerge or they'll get stuck in it and die. If there's very many they could clog it entirely, creating an even worse issue. If you have a top...
  11. Thread: new to forum

    by GaryG74
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    Re: new to forum

    Welcome to BeeSource and good luck with your bees. More nurse bees and brood should jump start the hive.
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    Re: dearth i guess...

    Give them all they'll take so they have maxed out the hive with syrup and what nectar/honey they harvest before cold weather. Many weather people are forecasting another hard winter, depending on who...
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    Re: Frames of foundation and wax moth eggs?

    I haven't had much of a problem with foundation and wax moths. There's not much for them to eat: no larva, honey, cocoons, etc. Freeze them for 48 hours if you have room in a freezer, store where...
  14. Thread: Hello!

    by GaryG74
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    Re: Hello!

    Welcome to BeeSource and good luck with your bees!
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    Re: SHB, tell me this isn't

    Those are the largest "SHB larva" I've ever seen. I agree with ray, Wax moth larva. The SHB larva I see around here are only about 1/2" long, at most. Those look longer than 1/2".
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    Re: Central Texas NewBee 1st Post/?

    Welcome to BeeSource!
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    Re: What to do with a weak hive

    Swapping hive position is a common practice for increasing the forager population. Foragers aren't usually challenged by the guards because they are bringing nectar and pollen into the hive and are...
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    Re: Best bang for the buck?

    Muth jars are glass instead of plastic. Glass jars can be put in a pan of hot water (not too hot, less than 150 degrees) and the honey will re-liquify. Try that with a plastic jar and you get a...
  19. Re: UPDATE: Hives Not Opened in 10 Years...Video Posted

    Thanks for posting the video. Definitely use smoke next time! Just a suggestion, I would start swapping boxes in the spring when the cluster is probably in the top box. Put a new deep with frames on...
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    Re: Bees removing queen cells

    Wait two weeks then check for eggs and larva. That's about how long it takes a virgin to harden up, take orientation and mating flights, then start laying. Sometimes if you open the hive and inspect,...
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    Re: Identification help

    X1 on the yellow jackets. They may not be aggressive now but be prepared for them to start raiding the hives. They'll eat bees, brood, and honey, the last two if they can get into the hive. Robbing...
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    Re: What to do with a weak hive

    You could swap positions of the hives, put the weak hive where the strong hive was and the strong hive where the weak one was. The foragers from the strong hive will boost the weak hive and build up...
  23. Thread: Marking a hive

    by GaryG74
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    Re: Marking a hive

    I use adhesive backed numbers with small screws through a single hole drilled through the number and into the hive about 1/2". I have seen photos of hives with ear tags like used on dairy or cattle...
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    Re: split a double deep with queen available?

    It's like passing a horrible auto wreck on the highway, you know you shouldn't look but you can't help yourself!
    I'm sure beestudent has some excellent bee keeping books that he has read. My...
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    Re: Partially filled supers

    Yes, I watched my hives yesterday morning and all but 4 have really increased the pollen trips as well as nectar. Their abdomens looked swollen and many are crash landing short of the entrance. I...
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