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    Re: Plant suggestions for Central TX

    You might want to research New Zealand clover. Drought resistant, spreads by seed and runners. Low growing, annual flowers with a long season, especially if you can mow once or twice.
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    Re: New Zealand White clover

    I just received by NZ clover seeds here in TX. Plan to plant it this fall for early spring germination. Best thing is research indicates it will defeat bermuda grass. I would plant U235 if it...
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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    I am going to build a robo type beevac tomorrow. Have a fallen down tree with a colony to get as soon as I am ready. Looking forward to trying again.
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    Last summer had bees in my water meter. Guy came to remove them, small colony with one comb of honey, about 3" diameter. Passed it around: WILD PEPPER (chili piquin) HONEY!

    I am now working on...
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    Corrugated Metal Roof?

    I need to make a couple of telescoping tops and wonder if I can use some corrugated metal roofing I have left over? It is actually 'R Channel' roofing, with a 1" corrugation about every 6". It is...
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    Re: Minimum Number of Bees to Survive?

    I have a chance at a downed log cutout, so maybe I can slip a little of that brood in too. Like you say, little to lose, and the learning is the fun part. (If the amount you learn is directly...
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    Re: Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    Aww, c'mon, River. How can I justify building another toy if I cannot use it!?

    I take your meaning though and will look at the situation and then decide. I did a fallen tree removal a couple...
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    Re: Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    If I am able to get the queen into the box do I leave her there in the open box waiting for the rest of the bees for a few hours or overnight? Should I put her above an excluder so she does not...
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    Re: Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    Riverderwent

    Thanks for the ideas. I am curious, why avoid the vac, if it is setup correctly so it does not kill the bees? I thought that might be the best chance to get the queen, since I am...
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    Re: Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    Thanks Cleo. Once again you have been very helpful. It is a good video.

    Anyone else have insights I can use?
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    Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    Was contacted today about removing bees from a downed tree. There is no rush, so (this time) I am going to take my time and plan ahead. First thing is to build a bee vac I have been planning for...
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    Re: Minimum Number of Bees to Survive?

    Been trying to find one, but no luck yet.
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    Re: Minimum Number of Bees to Survive?

    Wish I could do that, but my other hive is recovering from a pesticide kill. Doing ok, but no spare brood.

    Thought if I can get the small hive recovering I will keep it in the garage if the...
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    Minimum Number of Bees to Survive?

    I recently retrieved some bees from a water meter. Due to several mistakes and the presence of shb the number of bees has declined substantially. At this point I have the queen and a handful of...
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    Re: Best Way to Make More Bees?

    MarshMasterPat

    Thank you, that is excellent information. I will mark it to be sure I can find it in early spring.

    I would like to join a bee club, but the closest is 25 miles away through...
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    Re: Best Way to Make More Bees?

    Update:

    I swapped the boxes and put the one with empty comb frames on top.

    I have been feeding 2: for 10 days or so, about a quart every day or day and 1/2. They have been taking it well,...
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    What Kind of Bee is this?

    I am not sure if this it a bee or a fly. It looks much like a bee with a bright yellow butt. I have only seen it on sunflowers. At first I thought it was a bee covered with yellow pollen, but have...
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    Re: Crush & Strain Leavings: Feed to bees?

    Thanks, Michael

    Now I understand why you are a BeeGuru.
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    Re: Crush & Strain Leavings: Feed to bees?

    Good point on AFB. The meter hive was probably 3 months old. Is there any way to tell if a hive has AFB without testing? Does it particularly attack young hives (or old ones)? I did not see...
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    Crush & Strain Leavings: Feed to bees?

    I retrieved honey and bees from a water meter yesterday and am crushing and straining the honey. I have a moderately weak hive I have been feeding 2:1 syrup. Should I put the leavings from the c &...
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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    BeeMan

    Great idea. I presume these are the 12-15" gloves, not the nitrile ones.

    The meter box is about the size of a deep super. There were so many bees and it was so full of comb that I...
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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    Thanks, TPalmer. I will be looking at various designs during the winter. I had never seen this one before. First I need to find a garage sale shop vac to power the whole thing.
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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    BeeMan

    Yes, I thought about pics, but decided I was covered with so much honey and my camera is not water proof!

    Is there any way to do this sort of thing without being covered head to toe? ...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    August 2, Central Texas

    Red Leaf Sumac at McKinney Roughs. Really loud bees.

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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    JimSteeleJr

    Thanks for the information. It appears I made a mistake by not knowing to get as many as I could and leaving the nuc/hive in place for a couple of days. Live and learn. I now have...
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