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Old 02-12-2020, 11:49 AM   #51
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Iíd like to buy you a drink sometime and pick your brain about keeping in a neighborhood. Weíve moved to an area where I think we can manage bees in the backyard. I figure the easiest way to start is to get local advice.
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Anybody around Brazos, Robertson county need a place to set up hives? I will offer my place. Just give me a jar of honey and we're good!!!
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Been a hobby beekeeper for 20+ years. Down to 2 hives now in my yard. In my area your hives have to be 600 ft. from a dwelling. Look up the ag rules for your area. They may may be different.
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How do you guys catch swarms?

I built a couple swarm traps..But no idea if I did them correctly. And I need to know how and where and when to set them out..

Bait?
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This guy is the real deal and Iíve become even more fascinated and intrigued by the bee industry since watching his videos.

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How do you guys catch swarms?

I built a couple swarm traps..But no idea if I did them correctly. And I need to know how and where and when to set them out..

Bait?
People usually call us. We catch the swarm or remove the hive. No experience with swarm traps.
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I know I have bees on my property. Found a couple wild hives. I'd like to catch a swarm. Advice?
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How do you guys catch swarms?

I built a couple swarm traps..But no idea if I did them correctly. And I need to know how and where and when to set them out..

Bait?
I put one or two around my hives, any others I put out where I've known swarms have been to in the past. I can't tell you just what it is that attracts swarms but in my experience where one has been others will come to that area too. They've been showing up around my place for twenty years, I've caught 3 swarms at my sons construction yard the last 3 years.
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Sent you a PM, glad to help.
I'd like to get in on that. I'll split hog_down's drinks with you MetalMan2004.
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I know I have bees on my property. Found a couple wild hives. I'd like to catch a swarm. Advice?
I use a home-made 5 frame nuc box with a frame or two of drawn comb, with a squirt or two swarm commander attractant. Go over to YouTube, search barnyard bees-building 5 frame nuc boxes, he has the how to and dimensions on there for building them out of plywood.
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I forgot, set one or two of the nuc boxes about 50-100 ft. from any existing hives you know about.
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Old 02-12-2020, 02:24 PM   #63
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I forgot, set one or two of the nuc boxes about 50-100 ft. from any existing hives you know about.


As in your neighborís hives?


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I am in northern Burnet county, if anyone is looking to relocate some hives you are welcome to put some out here. PM if you are interested. No charge.
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I use a home-made 5 frame nuc box with a frame or two of drawn comb, with a squirt or two swarm commander attractant. Go over to YouTube, search barnyard bees-building 5 frame nuc boxes, he has the how to and dimensions on there for building them out of plywood.
I built two of those. Reviews are mixed wether swarm commander works or not.

And I don't have any comb as I don't have hives yet...
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I built two of those. Reviews are mixed wether swarm commander works or not.

And I don't have any comb as I don't have hives yet...
Can't speak for anyone else but I've used swarm commander for 3-4 yrs now, if there's bees in the area they'll come check it out, they might like someplace else better, but they will come check it, that's why I like to throw some comb in there with it, they really like drawn comb, the swarm commander just helps them find it. If you know any beekeepers close you might try to talk them out of some, it doesn't have to be a full frame, just a 3-4" piece will do. And if you get any put it in the freezer for a few days to kill any parasites, I had some old comb in a box last year, a swarm moved in, the hive beetles hatched and about wiped them out before I could get anything done.
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Meanwhile, in the land of Yankees, the nanny state knows better than the people do:

https://www.inquisitr.com/1235774/mi...nd-beekeepers/
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Old 02-12-2020, 04:39 PM   #68
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I'd like to catch a swarm. Advice?
They also like real lemongrass oil because it supposedly smells like honeycomb. Put a few drops on a q-tip, put it in a plastic bag with a few small holes in it, and put it in a swarm trap or nuc box with some old comb, and you might get lucky.

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Old 02-12-2020, 04:55 PM   #69
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We started last year with 2 nucs for ag exemption help and they expanded to very successful hives. So far they've done good through the winter, we had some concerns in the cold snaps but the other day it was warm and they both were VERY active.
We have 2 new, empty hives so we can split our current 2 hives soon. Still have the 2 old nuc hives from last year, just in case we have a swarm or two but if we split early enough, maybe we won't have that issue.
Is really interesting and fun but when they have lots of honey, they will become very defensive ... fair warning, new people!
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We started last year with 2 nucs for ag exemption help and they expanded to very successful hives. So far they've done good through the winter, we had some concerns in the cold snaps but the other day it was warm and they both were VERY active.
We have 2 new, empty hives so we can split our current 2 hives soon. Still have the 2 old nuc hives from last year, just in case we have a swarm or two but if we split early enough, maybe we won't have that issue.
Is really interesting and fun but when they have lots of honey, they will become very defensive ... fair warning, new people!
I pull around 1200# of honey off of my bees each year, they are as laid back the day I pull deeps full of capped honey as they are the day I give them their routine checks about every 10th day. Rain, heavy clouds and fog can make them somewhat irritable imo not the amount of honey they have capped.
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I know I have bees on my property. Found a couple wild hives. I'd like to catch a swarm. Advice?
If you know of the wild hives why not just force them to abscond or trap them out? I've had great success many times doing both.
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They also like real lemongrass oil because it supposedly smells like honeycomb. Put a few drops on a q-tip, put it in a plastic bag with a few small holes in it, and put it in a swarm trap or nuc box with some old comb, and you might get lucky.


Sounds good, now its a party!
Real lemongrass oil does not smell like honeycomb but instead it mimics the smell omitted by the nasonov gland bees have. when they are fanning near an entrance after you've caught the queen they are fanning their nasonov glands. it does smell like lemongrass oil. when hey are attacking you defensively they emit pheromone that smells exactly like ripe bananas. I've caught some rowdy bees that wanted to sting me to death on many occasions and still been able o smell the ripe banana smell after I've gotten in my truck and put my jacket in the floorboard.
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I know I have bees on my property. Found a couple wild hives. I'd like to catch a swarm. Advice?
Might help if you give all you have an tried so far.

Its either you have the a problem with the trap, bait, or location/timing.

I like this video

he has a lot of other good videos on beekeeping.
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Old 02-12-2020, 05:36 PM   #74
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Hey John, the beekeeper that tends to my 9 hives at my property is the President of the North East Texas Bee Association and lives in Canton. PM me if you would like me to get you in touch with him. He would probably be more than willing to help you out.
Iím pretty sure they have meetings on a fairly regular basis as well.
i am in Walton . ~12 miles from Canton

I would appreciate contact info

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I have 3 hives and two more coming in april

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If you know of the wild hives why not just force them to abscond or trap them out? I've had great success many times doing both.
Because I've never messed with bees at all before and no idea what to do. LOL
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Because I've never messed with bees at all before and no idea what to do. LOL
You can definitely go the route you planned on but I donít think youíll have great success. Maybe so but not likely. Send me a pm, Iíll troubleshoot it best I can. I have a couple of threads on the subject if you search my user name.
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Several hives ,we do removals lots of them, sell honey utilize the wax it’s a fun family event
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I would appreciate contact info

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Meanwhile, in the land of Yankees, the nanny state knows better than the people do:

https://www.inquisitr.com/1235774/mi...nd-beekeepers/
Sounds like Michigan citizens need to take their state back. But what do you expect when you let Muslims take over the state.
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We keep bees.

Last year, Twerpasaurus got a scholarship from the local beekeeping club. She got classes, some gear, a couple of boxes, and a nuc.

We lost them late summer, they swarmed on us. I went to check them on Friday, Twerpy said they were fone Saturday afternoon.

Weíre gonna pick up a couple of nucs this spring.

I had intended to build swarm traps, but have run out of time. They need to be going out in the next couple weeks, and I donít see me having time to build them.



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Beekeeping is addictive so be forewarned

Much like planting trees and habitat management

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Have any of yall seen this?? I think it could help individuals get into beekeeping easier..

https://www.honeyflow.com/?utm_sourc...content=febCOM
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^^^ I've heard those hives don't work like they should, and are pretty expensive.
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https://www.honeyflow.com/?utm_sourc...content=febCOM
No way that works as advertised.
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We have six hives and have two nucs ordered for this spring, and are in our 4th year of beekeeping. There is definitely a learning curve of what needs to be done and when. Be persistent and don't give up! Join your counties beekeeping chapter. They have a wealth of information. Also, go to classes. Bluebonnet beekeeping offers several classes a year and will answer any questions, just call them! (it helps if you have attended their class and get to meet them, James and Cheri). We also have two other neighbors that are beekeepers, so we get together and solve problems over some adult beverages!
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Here's my two cents worth for new beekeepers.... make sure the hives are in full sun! This will keep the hive beetles to a minimum. Use hive beetle jails inside the hive, between the frames. test for varroa mites on a regular basis. You can learn a lot at the Scientific beekeeper website hosted by Randy Oliver. Read, read, read...
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https://www.honeyflow.com/?utm_sourc...content=febCOM
I will let you know if it works.
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Ok here is one for the beekeeping vets. My hives look really full of bees. My plan is either to split the hives or add a Super, whats yalls opinion?


Im probably going to split one and add a Super to the other
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Ok here is one for the beekeeping vets. My hives look really full of bees. My plan is either to split the hives or add a Super, whats yalls opinion?

Im probably going to split one and add a Super to the other
I'm not a veteran by any means, but I'll add my opinion. It depends on what your goal is. Do you want to add to your # of hives? If so, split both. If not, then add honey supers and let the bees do their thing.

I've heard the discussion between 1 and 2 deep supers for brood. What say you, green screen? I think more babies (2 boxes) equals a stronger hive, but that's just me.
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I'm not a veteran by any means, but I'll add my opinion. It depends on what your goal is. Do you want to add to your # of hives? If so, split both. If not, then add honey supers and let the bees do their thing.

I've heard the discussion between 1 and 2 deep supers for brood. What say you, green screen? I think more babies (2 boxes) equals a stronger hive, but that's just me.
Im gonna experiment....that way I know first hand
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generally, you do one or the other to keep the bees from swarming in the spring. If you want more hives, do a split and buy a queen or allow the split to make their own queen. If you are not wanting more hives, add the second deep and give them room to expand. keep in mind, you still have to look for swarm cells if you add the second deep.
personally, I add the second deep and expand, then I can start adding supers quicker.
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Old 02-14-2020, 09:53 AM   #96
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I own ten acres and will be getting bees very soon. The spot I have picked out to place the boxes is almost directly under some large power lines. A friend that has a family history with bee keeping mentioned that it could potentially bother the bees. Any one have any experience with bees being bothered by over head power lines?
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:13 AM   #97
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I pull around 1200# of honey off of my bees each year, they are as laid back the day I pull deeps full of capped honey as they are the day I give them their routine checks about every 10th day. Rain, heavy clouds and fog can make them somewhat irritable imo not the amount of honey they have capped.
Good for you then, but I know what effects mine. Hasn't been the weather either. lol
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generally, you do one or the other to keep the bees from swarming in the spring. If you want more hives, do a split and buy a queen or allow the split to make their own queen. If you are not wanting more hives, add the second deep and give them room to expand. keep in mind, you still have to look for swarm cells if you add the second deep.
personally, I add the second deep and expand, then I can start adding supers quicker.
Ok whats the difference between a Deep and a Super?
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Ok I lost my best Hive to starvation last week. I had sugar in a top feeder but because it was cold they would not break their cluster and all died. Two full deeps full of bees. I could have probably made 2 or 3 splits off them. I’m just sick. Lesson learned is put the sugar on wax paper right on top of the frames. If it’s cold they will not go to a top feeder to get it. Literally 2/3 of a 5 gallon bucket of dead bees on the bottom board :-(
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Old 02-15-2020, 08:20 AM   #100
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Man, that's awful, makes me sick to hear it. Were they clustered in the bottom deep and refused to go through the second deep to the syrup? I wonder if some pollen patties would have helped? Sorry this happened....
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