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    Your area would be helpful. If you were in my...

    Your area would be helpful. If you were in my neck of the woods it would be cotton and tallow
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    Hostile combination

    I’ve done many hive combines weak queenless with a decent colony or say a frame of brood and bees into a queenless colony. Yesterday I combined a cutout with a late summer split. The late summer...
  3. My hives are well off the beaten path and I don’t...

    My hives are well off the beaten path and I don’t actively discuss their location because people do steal them or destroy them. I’ve read several local articles of guys getting their hives burnt or...
  4. If your bees are that swarmy you may have bad...

    If your bees are that swarmy you may have bad genetics.
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    They’ll work it out. No worries.

    They’ll work it out. No worries.
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    I make my own queens now but there are some good...

    I make my own queens now but there are some good local options.
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    I’ve dropped or watched about 5 vanish and nome...

    I’ve dropped or watched about 5 vanish and nome came back maybe her colony said good riddance.
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    I get alottttt of tallow and straight tallow is...

    I get alottttt of tallow and straight tallow is fairly light. Probably people that don’t produce it or produce much of it think otherwise.
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    Dead outs and dead bees mentioned in your line...

    Dead outs and dead bees mentioned in your line about formic pro is kind of situational and seems like you injected your own emotions and bad experiences. I use formic pro with great results but the...
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    I think the amount of drones they mate with is...

    I think the amount of drones they mate with is much lower. You should requeen I’ve got five hives like that out of my 50 and they are all from swarms or removals. I’m in Wharton so in your area I’ve...
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    I live on the Texas coast and my honey 100%...

    I live on the Texas coast and my honey 100% capped runs at 18%. You can search and find some just naturally holds more moisture. I think clover can safely go up to 20%. If all your local buddy’s are...
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    Did you buy an incubator or make one? I’ve been...

    Did you buy an incubator or make one? I’ve been wanting to get one but the cost has always slowed me down.
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    Storing unmated queens

    I had a round of grafts emerge and a couple of the hair roller cages fell off the cells so they got out and are in the builder. I pulled the rest and they have to overnight. Will they be fine if I...
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    First off thanks for all the replies. I have a...

    First off thanks for all the replies.

    I have a vacmaster vacuum chamber I’m familiar with vacuum sealing food except honey obviously. I’ve seen it boil water out of stuff it puts such a vacuum on...
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    HEB and Walmart stock them but online you can...

    HEB and Walmart stock them but online you can order from Walmart and they do free delivery.
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    Vacuum sealing mason jars of honey?

    The cheapest way I found to jar honey is anchor hocking jars they look nice and are maybe 60c a jar... however simply squeezing down on the lid doesn’t seal as well as I’d like. I found this jar...
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    Yes. My previous grafts I almost had 100% success...

    Yes. My previous grafts I almost had 100% success then this time I had mixed results similar to what you described. A few things I’ve noticed... I have better luck in areas around trees I.e not a...
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    Double and triples? As in brood chambers? Seems...

    Double and triples? As in brood chambers? Seems like a nightmare to manage. If your going into a dearth why would you want such large colonies. Seems like time to start consolidating but I’m sure...
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    It’s real fun watching the queen fly off never to...

    It’s real fun watching the queen fly off never to be seen again. Joys
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    That’s how mine were last month bad numbers...

    That’s how mine were last month bad numbers checked yesterday was 10/10 and able to harvest for my production hives.
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    A cup doesn’t mean anything. If they were...

    A cup doesn’t mean anything. If they were queenless they woulda drawn many cells. You have a virgin queen or one that hasn’t started laying yet. I’d give it another week but if you already purchased...
  22. Thread: Find the queen

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    I’ve been having trouble recently and what I’ve...

    I’ve been having trouble recently and what I’ve found in the heat quite a few of mine aren’t on any frames but on the sides of the box
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    Winter brood break in the south

    Is the queen shutting down more a function of the season the temperature or the lack of nectar flow or the combination. Our winters are usually just a nice time of year a few cold days (32f dare it...
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    Mine have been taking their time. 20 plus days...

    Mine have been taking their time. 20 plus days from emerging to start laying.
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    Ive been growing my bees and I will reach 100...

    Ive been growing my bees and I will reach 100 either this year or next spring splits. My original goal was 60 just for local honey production. It’s not currently realistic for me to invest 200k and...
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