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    Re: Duck Dynasty honeybee question

    Not common but I probably find about one or two a year like that. Often late in the season, which makes no sense to me, since the exposed hive/bees would surely die during winter. Last fall,...
  2. Thread: Free SWARM

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    Free SWARM

    Hello all,
    I just got a call from a guy in Llano Texas, David Woodall - 1-512-674-5189 and he has a large swarm in his yard and would like to have a beek come get it. Sounds like a nice one. ...
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    Dry sugar failure

    In the past I've used the Mountain Camp method of placing dry sugar on the top bars as insurance during the winter. Every year during the last five years it has worked very well and I lost few hives...
  4. Thread: Grapes

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    Re: Grapes

    Thanks for the replies. I've never seen them on grapes either. Funny though about the busted grapes and the bees hitting those. Not surprising though, as I seen honey bees drinking the juice from...
  5. Thread: Grapes

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    Grapes

    Does anyone know if bees work grapes? I was told of a guy who put some hives around his vineyard in the believe the bees would increase fruit set, but I've never seen nor heard of bees working...
  6. Thread: A bad spring

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    Re: A bad spring

    Hope my comments weren't taken as whining. They were meant more as a weather report and how the multiple late freezes may have been responsible for no swarm calls this year. Actually Tenbears, being...
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    Re: Last Season's Honey Frames

    I often use "extra" frames of honey for new swarms, or hives that appear to need a boost. I wouldn't add them to a strong hive.
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    Re: Problem with Captured Swarm

    I agree with Luv2, I put swarms in a hive with frames, drawn if I have them but some with only foundation or blank frames with a starter since swarms are predisposed to start new comb asap. Often...
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    Re: Natural Comb between 2 Frames

    How many boxes do you have on this hive? If only one, sounds like you need to add another up top right now. Good that you scraped off the sideways comb. Don't worry about the drone comb. They'll...
  10. Thread: A bad spring

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    A bad spring

    I thought it would be a good spring with lots of wild flowers and a good spring honey crop because we got a few fall rains and more snow than usual. Then we got a hard late freeze that zapped all...
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    Re: Caught and lost a swarm - What happened?

    Since you didn't have any drawn frame, it would have been good to use a queen excluder on the bottom to keep the queen inside. If she can't get out they won't leave. Then feed sugar syrup for a...
  12. Re: They must be full now...

    If you put a queen excluder on the bottom entrance the workers can come and go but the queen can't get out so they won't leave. After about a week the queen will certainly have begun laying and you...
  13. Re: What's your plan to rebuild your hive #'s from winter losses?

    Replace with nucs and swarms.
    I'd let the new bees clean out the deadouts.
    If I could rule out disease, I wouldn't do anything to the equipment before using again. Chemical free.
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    Re: Reversing Mediums

    Ok, so I am overwintering in four mediums. The bottom two are empty and the brood nest is in the third and bottom half of the frames in the forth box. I place an empty super with drawn frames on...
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    Re: Reversing Mediums

    What I'd like for someone to tell me is whether or not the queen will move down to the bottom boxes and lay eggs there or will the hive swarm because the top two boxes are filled?
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    Reversing Mediums

    I typically overwinter in 3-4 mediums and every spring the bees are in the top or second box from the top and eggs and brood are always there. I've been reversing because the bottom two boxes are...
  17. Thread: Reversing

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    Re: Reversing

    If you overwinter in three or four mediums would it impact whether or not reversing was appropriate?
  18. Thread: Spring ??

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    Re: Spring ??

    Jamneff, if you are just starting then I'm guessing you don't have drawn frames. If you are getting bees in a package, you'll need to feed as soon as you get them to make sure they get off to a good...
  19. Re: The Effect of New Zealand Kanuka, Manuka and Clover Honeys on Bacterial Growth Dy

    this is very interesting and I'm interested if anyone knows whether the antibiotic activity is due to the pollen that might be in raw honey from these various sources or whether a manuka honey...
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    Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    In 2006, A swarm landed in an apple box, stored on top of a wooden cabinet, on my back porch about a foot away from my back glass door. My wife and I watched and could see the new comb built in a...
  21. Re: Hi Temps on Mon & Tue, time to check the bees

    I got everything ready for winter in late October and added some sugar just for insurance, althought I didn't think they'd need it since all had adequate stores and the hives were heavy. A guy who...
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    Re: A big winter move: MI to TX

    What part of TX are you moving to? Still warm/hot down in the valley but up here in the Panhandle it got down to around 20 F night before last. Warms up to mid 50-60s during he day now.
  23. Thread: 7 box hive

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    Re: 7 box hive

    I use all mediums here in Amarillo, Tx and overwinter in 3 or 4, depending on bee population and how heavy the boxes are. Four, if the top two are full of honey are likely plenty. Good luck!
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    Is soap toxic for bees to eat?

    I've never done this before but today I killed a very aggressive hive today with soapwater. They were posing a threat to folks and I didn't want to wait to requeen. Will the honey in this hive pose...
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    Re: The green way of re-liquifying honey.

    Had to laugh at Mike's reply. I've been using the dashboard in my pickup for some time and it works great well into the fall and also in the early spring. Its a real drag though if you lay the...
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