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  1. Diseases and Pests
    I heard a few beeks planning to use OA in dribble or vapor form around now (August) to treat mites. The rationale was the August dearth in our area reduces the amount of brood and mite populations are spiking upward this time of year. I've heard from others to wait for OA treatments until...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    Hey guys Just a quick question, My hive seams to have drones coming and going almost everyday in summer, is this normal? I started the hive off with 2 Nucs, (one queenless with quite a bit of drone brood) and a queenright nuc) about a month ago. Everything is fine so I think, plenty of eggs...
  3. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    Dear all, I am working on an apiculture project in a region called Araku Valley, AP,India where I am training tribes women to become beekeeper . We are working with the local specie Apis cerana. In this region we have 3 seasons. Monsoon: June to September, Winter: October to February, Summer...
  4. Bee Forum
    I've got an idea to help relieve the heat for my hive in a Texas summer. Tell me what yall think of it. Let me know if there's any dangers or Precautions I should take beforehand. I have a top feeder on my hive, but not the type with floating wooden slats.This one is caged around the entrance...
  5. Bee Forum
    I noticed some of my bees coming out onto the entrance of the hive and arching their "backs," with their abdomens bent slightly downward, and their wings flapping frantically. Is this the early stage of bearding? What exactly they doing doing? Mind that it is about 93 in Texas July...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    First, I noticed online that this is very, very cheap, and then I found out that it can be harmful. It can be harmful especially when it's hot out, and in Texas, we've already experienced over 100 degrees fahrenheit and it's not even July. I found sugar to be extremely expensive, so using sugar...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Cane sugar can get pretty expensive. I was wondering whether or not there was a subsitute for the 1:1 or 2:1 ratio of sugar to water to feed my bees. 1) Can I use jam/jelly? 2) What substitute for the sugar can I use? 3) If I MUST resort to using cane sugar, where can I buy it cheaply (bad...
  8. Bee Forum
    I'm sorry if I sound dumb by asking this, but has my hive just swarmed? If so is it normal for it to have happened during a nectar flow (9th day of summer today, the past week has been perfect. A little warm and quite dry, a bit overcast today). My wife had just finished telling her mother...
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