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    For small batches (6 - 7, one lb. Bottles), I use...

    For small batches (6 - 7, one lb. Bottles), I use my instant pot set on the yogurt setting for 4-6 hours at 105 degrees. Longer if the bottles are really crystalized.
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    Re: Spring Plan to make NUCs and Honey

    Update

    Harvested 3 medium supers from hive A and 4 medium supers from Hive B with average weight of 32 pounds of honey/super.
  3. Re: texas bee bloom or southern bloom palmetto golden rod? (I missed the tallow)

    Hi, we are in the Katy area. Don't know anything about Palmettos, but we did have a pretty good flow in the Fall from golden rod and other local plants. The fall flow lasted into November and had a...
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    Re: Fly-back splits, Ray's way

    This is what we did this year and had great success. Process and notes below. We sold 3 nucs off of this hive. Have not pulled honey supers yet.

    Hive 2 - Lauri's Fly-Back Split
    Move Queen to new...
  5. Re: New queen on the way, so how do I correct an old mistake?

    Hi Jkatt4,

    3rd year beek so take this with a grain of salt. Maybe it is not the queen, could it be the old crusty comb you got with the nuc? Why not move these above a queen excluder or to the...
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    Re: Spring Plan to make NUCs and Honey

    Update on the 2 parent hives.

    Hive A is on the verge of swarming with 2 full deeps and 2 supers about 65% full. Starting to back fill brood nest. incredibly hard to find queen (bought in April...
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    Re: Spring Plan to make NUCs and Honey

    Over a 2 year period we have purchased 6 queens all from a supplier in Navasota ( that is how we started beekeeping). By far, the feral mated daughters and half sisters have produced hives that were...
  8. Re: How long before moving swarm from fiber "Flower Pot" Swarm trap?

    Thank you FlowerPlanter. I had made 6 nucs but they were full of spring splits. One of the other guys on our team wanted to try out the flower pots. Worked on the first day. Lucky the storm came and...
  9. How long before moving swarm from fiber "Flower Pot" Swarm trap?

    First time to try trapping swarms and we have purchased a fiber flower pot from Mann Lake. It already trapped one swarm that we moved into a deep hive body the next day. What is the recommended time...
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    Re: Spring Plan to make NUCs and Honey

    One further update. The NUC that we thought was queenless and put on top of another hive using a double screen board, actually had a queen. We found capped brood this morning. So it is true to...
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    Re: Spring Plan to make NUCs and Honey

    Thanks SAK, We are only able to check the hives once a week because of work and any left over patties went into the trash. They did have beetle larva on them.

    Final Update. the 4 NUCs will be...
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    Re: Spring Plan to make NUCs and Honey

    Update on March 23rd we made a visit to the hives.
    4 of the 5 remaining Nucs have laying Queens!
    The 5th Nuc had laying workers and sketchy drone patterns, so we combined it into another hive...
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    Re: Spring Plan to make NUCs and Honey

    Not sure if this is helping anyone but might as well continue to report on the splits we made at the end of February. We went back yesterday.

    The one split from hive A that had an unopened...
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    Re: Spring Plan to make NUCs and Honey

    I used the methods on two separate hives. On one hive(A) I removed the queen and notched 4 frames. The other hive (B) I did a fly back split/swarm and made 3 splits plus the parent hive.

    On...
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    Spring Plan to make NUCs and Honey

    Hi all, I am a 3rd year beekeeper and we am planning on making some NUC for sale and try to make some honey this year in the west Houston area. I am going to use OTS Queen Rearing on one hive and...
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    Re: Texas

    77450: Far West Harris County (Katy)
    Feb 1st 2018
    Red Maple in full bloom
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    Re: Aerial Spray Naled (Dibrom) What To Do?

    The plane came over my house at 9:30 last night. I didn't have any visible effects to my 4 hives this morning. Katy area in Harris county.
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    Re: Good deal on nucs and packages

    Nuc's go for $275 in my area. 275*100= $27,500. it wouldn't be a supercrew 4 wheel drive, but doable. Things haven't changed that much.
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    Re: Swarm Prevention - Queen Excluder

    MB, I knew that seemed too easy to work. Thanks for the quick response.

    PSM, Yes it would have been on the bottom board to keep the queen from leaving.
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    Swarm Prevention - Queen Excluder

    Newish Beekeeper. First year coming out of winter in the Houston Texas area. One of my hives is pretty strong (double deep about 8-9 frames of brood) and I am planning on splitting this spring, but...
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