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    Propolis

    Been playing with a hive in a Hackberry tree, removing some bees and now trapping it out. Going slowly, but that is another issue.

    Trap is in the complete shade all day and about 6 feet off the...
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    Re: Empty Bottom super

    Do I need to worry about small hive beetles if the combs are empty?

    I mean clean polished looking and not a speck in any of them in the bottom super. These are combs I got when doing the cut out,...
  3. Re: Considering all medium box hives, any reasons not to?

    Lauri - Four 10 frame deeps, is that brood space or brood and honey. Just curious
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    Empty Bottom super

    Last week I dug into a hive and was thinking the queen was going down hill. Really just looked at the top super, pulled some cross comb and then opened the bottom super. There was just a few capped...
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    Re: Like clockwork.

    Hoping that is what I have going on. Put up some hardware cloth to slow them down if they were robbers and they seem to just crawl through, so hoping it is just orientation flights.

    Guess I need...
  6. Re: vegtable oil and apple cider vinegar

    Squarepeg - So what do you then do with this mixture if you don't mind sharing?

    Got one hive in shade and it always has 10 to 20 SHB under the lid when I open it. They are not a problem as the...
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    Re: Best Way to Make More Bees?

    Marant - My bees have just really picked up collecting pollen and hauling in nectar about a week and half ago. I am in the Port Arthur area, so with the rain you have had, you should start seeing a...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Nabber - Thought ND meant not detected at the levels of detection the test has capacity to detect chemicals at. Not necessary that it is not there. However, I do agree that if most labs are not...
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    Re: Dearth Nucs...

    I started 2 nucs from cut outs just as we started into the dreath and they are about 150 feet from the other hives. Didn't get robbed, maybe keeping them away from the others helps. Maybe I was...
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    Question on bee density

    So I have a hive that is lingering in there. It is 3 mediums tall, does not have a lot of resources, there is not a lot of brood about 5 frames total, and the cells are older and look polished...
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    Question on Queen Excluders

    If someone was to irregularly use a queen excluder but wanted one that was well made and would last as well as not tear up bee wings quickly. Is there a certain brand or type that is well made,...
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    Made the yard mad

    So was going through my hives today. Been 4 weeks since I really checked through them completely. Had one when I checked in 2 weeks ago, that seemed to have very little open larvae.

    Well as I...
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    Do bees use this plant?

    Curious, does anyone know if Annual Iva (Iva annua) is used by bees for pollen or nectar?
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    Re: New VSH queen issue?

    Sounds like they are the start of a new nuc - ready made for you.
    ooorrr

    Can you cut them out for 3 new nuc starts?
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    We should all remember that confirmation bias works both ways. For what we believe in and for what we don't.


    “We listen to what we wanted to hear, ignore the implications of what we did not...
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    Sometimes I know I should keep my opinion to myself or I am going to stir up something unpleasant:no:, but that seems to have never altered much other that on a occasion or two of making this mug a...
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    Re: Popcorn Tree?

    Please walk carefully if you are thinking of planting Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera) or (Sapium sebiferum) and is called chicken tree around here. It was brought to the USA with the thought that...
  18. Re: Logistics of keeping up with syrup supplementation

    LOL - That is too funny (and sadly partly true here). If I had turned my nose up and complained about food like some of mine do, .... Well those smacks would have made me a year or two younger...
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    Just FYI - I am fairly certain that honey bees (being a European species) are not allowed to be kept on NWR or other properties owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service due to being non-native...
  20. Re: Mosquito Spraying with Malathion over my hives

    So far no piles of bees at entrance that I noticed. Will look again this morning. Just a lot less bees bearding on the hive, but we are in the dreath.

    They are spraying at just after sunset and...
  21. Mosquito Spraying with Malathion over my hives

    Ok, was working really long hours this week and didn't realize until yesterday that the heavy rains had brought out the county mosquito control plane. Morning and evening apparently. Glad I...
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    Re: Drone brood

    Scpossum - Mind telling me about what that new hive was consuming a week or day in syrup. Two full deeps of comb in nine weeks is really nice in my opinion. Maybe I don't feed enough, so I am...
  23. Re: great new Opportunity need advice on capitalization?

    If you could find some native prairie or plant a large swath, it would produce great pollen sources, lots of nectar throughout the entire season, and it useful for cattle grazing.

    Native...
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    Re: Styrofoam Hives

    LOL Should have asked and waited rather than asked and jumped.

    Well I already have several medium nucs cut out and ends assembled. So I may just cut some coroplast signs to line the inside of...
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    Re: Styrofoam Hives

    After I was messing with glueing some the Styrofoam for something else I came up with a thought about how to protect the inside of a Styrofoam nuc. I was thinking a thin coat of gorilla glue spread...
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