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Old 03-02-2016, 08:39 PM   #1
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So after I got attacked today it got me thinking how I'd like to eat those bastages honey. Who has hives? Where do you get them? How hard is it to rob them and get the honey to an edible amount and how often can you Rob them.
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Old 03-02-2016, 08:43 PM   #2
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I make my own hives . I run top bar hives . There are lot of supply stores . Mann lake . Dixie bee supply . eBay and Amazon . I have not harvested my honey yet . Still new bee keeper . I have harvested about 10 gallons of honey from cut out jobs .
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Old 03-02-2016, 08:44 PM   #3
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The good news is you are not allergic. Owning and robing bee hives = 50 bites a year. We had 2 and after a couple of years it was a just a mosquito bite.
Now at 61 I am very allergic to all wasp / bee bites......
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Old 03-02-2016, 08:48 PM   #4
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also get my bees from removals or swarm traps . Buying bees is very expensive
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Old 03-02-2016, 08:51 PM   #5
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I make my own hives . I run top bar hives . There are lot of supply stores . Mann lake . Dixie bee supply . eBay and Amazon . I have not harvested my honey yet . Still new bee keeper . I have harvested about 10 gallons of honey from cut out jobs .
How do you make a hive?
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also get my bees from removals or swarm traps . Buying bees is very expensive
Will a colony live/produce for very long? Can you just set out an empty hive and have bees take up residence?
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Old 03-02-2016, 08:54 PM   #7
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my dads been doing it for 20 years, it can be a lot of work but very fun and rewarding if you get into it. I even had a bee hive in my room like an ant farm….my dad ran a tunnel from outside our house and had three clear plexiglass hives stacked. I need to find a pic and post it, it was impressive.
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Old 03-03-2016, 04:36 AM   #8
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I just watched a few YouTube videos on top bar hives . As for the traps I built I use a lure called swarm commander or lemon grass oil . It smells just like the pheromones the queen puts out when she is ready to breed . I like to place them about 8 to 10 feet up in a tree . I just set a few traps last week .
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:58 PM   #9
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A swarm I caught in my trap . Trap has been out 5 days .
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Old 03-04-2016, 08:18 PM   #10
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I've been a hobbyist beekeeper for quite some time. You can order bees from the Weavers here in Texas. You can order equipment from Dadant also in Texas. Catching swarms can be a way to obtain honey bees is how I got started but now a days you have to be careful. They can be a wild Africanized swarm.
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Old 03-04-2016, 09:51 PM   #11
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I have 4 hives, I got all of them by removing them for other people. I get 15-20 quarts of honey per hive when we have a good/wet year. During the drought years, I got none.
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Old 03-05-2016, 02:32 AM   #12
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I have 2 hives in oak trees about 50 yards apart. The problem with them is I want to replace the fence line and they are too close to be running a welder close to. One is 5 foot off ground and other is 15 foot. Both have been there for past 10 years. I was quoted 200 dollars for each hive to remove them....my father was a bee keeper he had all equipment to remove the honey but him at 88 years young he can't do it anymore. I was going to wait for very cold day then dump insecticide in hole in oak tree and seal them up ..Andy
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Old 03-05-2016, 07:25 AM   #13
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I have 2 hives in oak trees about 50 yards apart. The problem with them is I want to replace the fence line and they are too close to be running a welder close to. One is 5 foot off ground and other is 15 foot. Both have been there for past 10 years. I was quoted 200 dollars for each hive to remove them....my father was a bee keeper he had all equipment to remove the honey but him at 88 years young he can't do it anymore. I was going to wait for very cold day then dump insecticide in hole in oak tree and seal them up ..Andy
I bet you could find someone to get them for free. Been populations are also on the decline. And think about all that good honey.
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Old 03-05-2016, 07:49 AM   #14
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S&S, There is a place on the east side of Conroe that has some old used ones for sale. It is a salvage yard on HWY 105 near FM 1485. You would have to clean them up and make sure there are no mites in them. They have a couple different sizes.
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Old 03-05-2016, 08:39 AM   #15
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I wonder how many bees are in this one? Hairspray is what's killing all the bees.
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Old 03-05-2016, 11:06 AM   #16
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Well played muzzle.
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Old 03-05-2016, 11:18 AM   #17
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S&S, There is a place on the east side of Conroe that has some old used ones for sale. It is a salvage yard on HWY 105 near FM 1485. You would have to clean them up and make sure there are no mites in them. They have a couple different sizes.
Great. Thanks for the info
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:46 PM   #18
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Things looked good so I added another deep on top.
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Old 04-11-2016, 12:18 AM   #19
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I have 8 hives. I put the honey supers on them last weekend. Hope it doesn't rain almost every day this April and May like it did last year. It washed all the nectar out of the flowers. The only nectar flow we had was the mesquite but it sure made some good honey.
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Old 04-11-2016, 12:33 AM   #20
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:25 AM   #21
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Just getting started in bee keeping, it has been fun and addicting. Swarm traps out, still looking for my first catch. Fishing for bees!
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:29 AM   #22
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I have caught two swarms in traps so far . Still have 4 more to check on . I have also picked up 2 swarms but the both left on me . Forgot to put the queen excluder on .


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Old 04-11-2016, 10:46 AM   #23
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I have a colony you can have if you want to come get them in magnolia
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:33 AM   #24
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No hive, but sure could use some bees wax. How much for about softball size chunk ?
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Old 04-11-2016, 12:50 PM   #25
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Are they in a hive box or a wild hive/swarm?
I would be willing to try.

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Old 04-11-2016, 01:28 PM   #26
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Are they in a hive box or a wild hive/swarm?
I would be willing to try.

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Wild swarm in a log on the ground. I would think it would be about as easy of a wild colony as possible to get. If I had the equipment I'd do it. I've even considered just robbing some honey. All I want is one small jar of honey out of it.

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Old 04-11-2016, 01:30 PM   #27
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I will gladly give your a jar from my current hive in trade if they are too difficult
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:43 PM   #28
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I have 2 hives in oak trees about 50 yards apart. The problem with them is I want to replace the fence line and they are too close to be running a welder close to. One is 5 foot off ground and other is 15 foot. Both have been there for past 10 years. I was quoted 200 dollars for each hive to remove them....my father was a bee keeper he had all equipment to remove the honey but him at 88 years young he can't do it anymore. I was going to wait for very cold day then dump insecticide in hole in oak tree and seal them up ..Andy
Please don't do that. Bees are disappearing quickly from pesticides and habitat loss. Look on craigslist, there will be someone who will come get the colonies for free.
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:11 PM   #29
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My dad has a swarm in the soffit to the entry of his house. If someone wants the hive you can remove them. We will rebuild the soffit. They've been there about a year now and need to go. This is in Pflugerville.
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:59 PM   #30
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I've always wanted to do this. We have wild ones that pretty aggressive. Probably Africanized. When I was younger we would rob a hive, but too old for that now. I just want some easy hives. What are the odds od keeping a relatively docile hive in Webb county?
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:53 PM   #31
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Can't speak for Webb, but actually very few that go Africanized. If you work them on the right days and follow the golden rules you should be ok.
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I have 2 hives in oak trees about 50 yards apart. The problem with them is I want to replace the fence line and they are too close to be running a welder close to. One is 5 foot off ground and other is 15 foot. Both have been there for past 10 years. I was quoted 200 dollars for each hive to remove them....my father was a bee keeper he had all equipment to remove the honey but him at 88 years young he can't do it anymore. I was going to wait for very cold day then dump insecticide in hole in oak tree and seal them up ..Andy


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I've got two in my back yard. Love me some honey.

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Anyone want to remove this hive in my back yard? It's close to the size of my head...

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Can't speak for Webb, but actually very few that go Africanized. If you work them on the right days and follow the golden rules you should be ok.
You know, as a kid growing up, I had a crusty old uncle that lived down in that brush, always referred to them as Spanish Bees, and said they just had a bad disposition. This was in 60's-70's.
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I will gladly give your a jar from my current hive in trade if they are too difficult
They are in westwood at fm 2978 and 1488. Let me know if you want to come get them.
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I have two top bar hives. Have not collected any honey from them yet, just getting started. For the others that have top bar hives how do you like them?
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:48 PM   #39
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I have just started this. I have one hive and cant wait to get honey. So far its been fun dor me and my son. My dad is teaching us.
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:17 PM   #40
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I do. I can try for tomorrow. Would prefer you to be there. When are you available? They may leave at any time, so tomorrow would be best.
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I have two top bar hives. Have not collected any honey from them yet, just getting started. For the others that have top bar hives how do you like them?


I have had a top bar for a few years. Constant issues with bridging and difficult to extract comb without damage. It's been great to learn, but Lang hive is hard to beat for production.
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I do. I can try for tomorrow. Would prefer you to be there. When are you available? They may leave at any time, so tomorrow would be best.
They have been there at least a month. Wednesday is probably the soonest I can get there. My son is sick, and my wife stayed home today and I'm staying home tomorrow with him.
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Wednesday it is. Do you think a chainsaw is necessary?
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:54 PM   #44
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I'm not sure. I haven't tried to get that close. I have one though if you dont. Hopefully it will start.
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:12 AM   #45
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Live thread please!
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Old 04-12-2016, 05:02 AM   #46
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One of the swarms I picked up this weekend .
What they looked like when I got them

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Old 04-12-2016, 02:14 PM   #47
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Swarm I just got in a swarm trap . Set it a few weeks ago and finally had time to check it
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:17 PM   #48
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Strummer are you putting any bait lures in there? I put a few out a couple years ago and never did catch any...
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:47 PM   #49
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Yes I'm using swarm commander in some and lemon grass oil in the others . So far the swarm commander is working the best
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Old 04-12-2016, 05:10 PM   #50
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I'm considering doing this for Ag exemption.


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