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  1. Mature Colonies for Sale - Denton County, Texas

    I am selling four mature hives. Queens are second year Italian queens either from Wildflower Meadows or R Weaver. Three of the hives are one deep with two supers. One is one deep with one super. I...
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    Re: Getting Stung is no fun....gear question.

    I have some cowhide gloves they never sting me through, but I usually wear goat skin gloves. With the cowhide you sacrifice feel and they are hotter of course. They can sting through the goat skin,...
  3. Re: 36 hours between pulling supers and extraction

    yes. not tons in my hives, but they're around for sure.
  4. 36 hours between pulling supers and extraction

    Hello,
    I'm extracting Saturday, but because of some other obligations tomorrow, I had to pull most of my honey today. The supers are in my garage wrapped up in a blanket with plastic around it....
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    Queen acceptance

    I just made splits with some queens I ordered. I had two hives here at the house and two hives at another yard that appear to be queenless. All had open swarm cells (it's been a swarm year...another...
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    Re: Anyone bought wildflower meadows queens?

    Yes, I bought some last year for splits. I think 6/7 took, and they all made it through our very mild winter and appear to be building up nicely. They are a little pricey though.
  7. North Texas specific question - mesquite flow

    Happy 4th of July
    I'm in Denton County and in case you've been in a cave for the last three months, we have had a ton of rain. I thought we were going to miss the flow altogether because usually I...
  8. Thread: Hot hive

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    Re: Hot hive

    I had a hive go hot on me last year. I had best intentions of requeening but after enduring 30-40 stings and talking to a local commercial guy, who reminded me that I was allowing hot drones to...
  9. Thread: Moving bees

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    Re: Moving bees

    Thanks probably overthinking it
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    Re: How many hives can one person manage?

    I think it depends on how busy your life is. I have a fairly demanding job and three kids... I currently have seven hives going. Any more would be too much. lots of heavy manual labor in the heat of...
  11. Thread: Moving bees

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    Moving bees

    I've only been at this a few years, and it never fails to intimidate me a little bit when I have to move hives around. I currently have three hives in my backyard that I moved here a couple of...
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    Re: Preparing 2:1 syrup

    I buy 25 lb bags of sugar, dump it in a 5 gallon bucket, and fill it with water. Stir with whatever board is nearby. Leave it in the Texas sun for about an hour...and syrup happens. I think I'm...
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    Queenless hives

    I have 3 hives currently queenless, and five that are queen right. Looks as if at least two of the queenless hives have had open queen cells in the last 10 days, but no eggs yet. They all still have...
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    Re: Any N. Texas Swarms Yet?

    I'm in Denton and haven't heard about any yet, either. I have one hive that looks like it's about to swarm with swarm cells all over. I set out a couple of traps, but checked today and they haven't...
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    Re: Bee Feeder Types

    I started using frame feeders with little mesh ladders in them (Mann Lake). Bees still drown, but I think it's a negligible number. They are SO much more convenient than entrance feeders, which, IMO,...
  16. Re: For Denton TX area Beekeepers for weather, pollen, nectar conditions to winter

    What a surprise to see a Denton TX post here. I am just northeast of Denton. There is no flow or flowers to speak of in Dec./Jan. here, but I didn't lose bees last year because of the cold. It only...
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    Re: Nectar flow in NE Texas

    I live north of Denton, and have six hives, four of which are first year hives. I extracted a couple of supers two weeks ago and got about 45 lbs. I went back this week, and I have at least four more...
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    Re: queenless hives - what to do with them

    Haven't seen any signs of laying workers. That's a good idea - alkl of my bottom boards are screened, so I'll just remove the top of my queen-right hive and set the queenless hive on top, then remove...
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    queenless hives - what to do with them

    Here is the situation - through a series of collecting swarms and semi-successful attempt at splitting my two hives from last year, I've ended up with three queen-right hives and two queenless hives....
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    Lots of honey, no pollen

    I'm in North Texas, and this is my first winter beekeeping. I have two hives. It was warm over the weekend so I opened up one of my hives just to be nosy. Saw the queen, lots of bees, lots of honey,...
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    Bees building extra comb

    I have 9 frames in my brood boxes so I will have space to move them. Well, the bees had a different plan and built an entire "frame" of comb in the space. I've been feeding them patties and syrup so...
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    Corn syrup in small quantities

    Can anyone point me to a vendor that sells corn syrup in smallish quantities, like 5 gallon buckets. Somewhere with a location in Dallas/Fort worth would be a must. I'm tired of mixing sugar syrup......
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    Re: First Year Questions

    Okay, I'll start the pollen sub, then. And I'll leave the medium supers on. My hive without the super with honey in it goes through a quart jar of 2:1 syrup in about 4 hours. It's unreal. They are...
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    Re: Honey Robber on fume pad, how long?

    I used Honey Robber. Took about ten minutes in the hot sun (Texas). Still a smattering of bees with their heads in the honey afterwards that I blew out the best I could with a leaf blower.
    But...
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    First Year Questions

    First year with two hives from nucs. Just harvested a couple of weeks ago and got a little over 5 gallons. Some questions:
    1. When I harvested, I had one super that had a significant amount of brood...
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