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Old 07-14-2021, 02:30 PM   #551
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I did a cut out today and realized that I need to make a bee vac real bad. I bet Iím only leaving with 1/4 of the bees and the queen. I just couldnít sweep them up or collect in any way on this one.

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Old 07-15-2021, 10:27 AM   #552
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I did a cut out today and realized that I need to make a bee vac real bad. I bet Iím only leaving with 1/4 of the bees and the queen. I just couldnít sweep them up or collect in any way on this one.
If you can go back today, the rest of the bees should be balled up like a swarm and you can collect most of them, provided you can reach them.

Bee vac is easy to make, Iíll post some pics of mine, very simple and works great.
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Old 07-15-2021, 10:35 AM   #553
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Cricket cage on the inside to prevent bees from being sucked into the shop vac.


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Old 07-15-2021, 01:56 PM   #554
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Nice and simple!
Iím looking at doing a Colorado Bee Vac clone. Iíve got extra medium boxes sitting around
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Old 07-15-2021, 10:10 PM   #555
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Nice and simple!
Iím looking at doing a Colorado Bee Vac clone. Iíve got extra medium boxes sitting around
Those are great! Thereís also this guy in San Marcos who makes a really good one.
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Unusual bee removal today. These built their hive inside a cardboard box! It was in the back of a guy’s workshop and they were coming and going through an open garage door! They had chewed through the outside of the box and built comb there as well but when I moved the bow the entire hive came with it
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Old 08-02-2021, 09:50 AM   #557
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Hive in a shed near Austin


All of the comb on the left is filled with honey, also the first 6 rows on the right. 68 lbs! Great workout too, approximately 50 trips up the ladder to get it all down.


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Old 08-02-2021, 10:20 AM   #558
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Hive in a shed near Austin


All of the comb on the left is filled with honey, also the first 6 rows on the right. 68 lbs! Great workout too, approximately 50 trips up the ladder to get it all down.


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Nice job!
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Old 08-17-2021, 07:58 PM   #559
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How high are your countyís standards for Ag exemption? How detailed do they want to get?
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All of the comb on the left is filled with honey, also the first 6 rows on the right. 68 lbs! Great workout too, approximately 50 trips up the ladder to get it all down.


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This is cool!
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Old 08-17-2021, 10:03 PM   #561
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rj, you are rocking! The hive in a box is pretty cool. Then you get 68lbs of honey? Wow
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How high are your countyís standards for Ag exemption? How detailed do they want to get?
I have hives in 3 different counties. Caldwell county just looked at them from the road, 100 yards away. LaSalle county hasnít checked them at all. Hays county had their ďinspectorĒ come out and look at all the hives to confirm they had bees in them.
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Old 08-18-2021, 11:23 AM   #563
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Still looking for someone to put a hive on our place In cuero and In Gonzales!


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Old 08-20-2021, 10:52 PM   #564
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I built a bee vac today. It didnít go as originally planned. My 20v Dewalt vacuum just doesnít have the suction needed to overcome the leaks.
So I had to go with a bigger old vacuum my dad had laying around. I based my design on a modified Colorado Bee Vac.
Testing in the morning on a water meter hive. Hopefully this one goes better than my last water meter hive removal.
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Old 08-22-2021, 08:49 PM   #565
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I pulled two water meter hives and relocated a hive in an Owl Box.



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Looks like it went a little better this time.
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Old 08-27-2021, 10:46 AM   #567
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One of the water meter colonies I pulled this last weekend (I am not sure I got the queen) swarmed from their box. I am not sure if coincidence or not but one of my nearby hives population seemingly exploded! I was watching this colony to add another hive body already and yesterday I noticed a thousand bees hanging out at the entrance.

Do queenless bee colonies ever join with other hives?
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Old 08-27-2021, 10:52 AM   #568
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One of the water meter colonies I pulled this last weekend (I am not sure I got the queen) swarmed from their box. I am not sure if coincidence or not but one of my nearby hives population seemingly exploded! I was watching this colony to add another hive body already and yesterday I noticed a thousand bees hanging out at the entrance.

Do queenless bee colonies ever join with other hives?
Yep. I had the same thing happen to one of my hives this past Spring.
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Old 08-27-2021, 11:04 AM   #569
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I just took ten frames off twelve hives.
Extended family was asking for some so I pinched a bit.
8 of those hives are doubles and six singles with a feeder in each
So 10 frames out of 188 were pulled.
It's so hot and dry in going to mix of 50lbs of sugar water and give it to em until the Golden Rod gets here
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Old 08-27-2021, 12:10 PM   #570
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One of the water meter colonies I pulled this last weekend (I am not sure I got the queen) swarmed from their box. I am not sure if coincidence or not but one of my nearby hives population seemingly exploded! I was watching this colony to add another hive body already and yesterday I noticed a thousand bees hanging out at he entrance.

Do queenless bee colonies ever join with other hives?
My B&L and I have kicked off a bee operation, up to nine hives now. We had one small hive and another that was queenless. We stacked the boxes with a thin newspaper in between, so they slowly got introduced to the queen as they ate through the paper. Doing real well now!

Most of our hives are feral, with a bit of africanized (mean sh*ts). They are pretty hard workers, so using them to build out frames so we can do some splits. Just did a split on a few of them and introduced Russian bred queens. We've checked those hives and saw our queens, plus saw lots of new larva. Plan is to keep building our program this way for now.
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Old 08-29-2021, 09:26 AM   #571
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Cut open an old truck door. I am finding it very hard to find the queen in such uncontrolled situations. I think I vacuumed her up but not sure. I collected 90% of the bees. Spent a lot of time after all the comb was harvested smoking the bees out and vacuuming them.




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Foundation less


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I just took ten frames off twelve hives.
Extended family was asking for some so I pinched a bit.
8 of those hives are doubles and six singles with a feeder in each
So 10 frames out of 188 were pulled.
It's so hot and dry in going to mix of 50lbs of sugar water and give it to em until the Golden Rod gets here
I forgot I had about seven gallons of syrup from man lake so I just thinned that out a touch and fed them that
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Old 08-30-2021, 11:06 AM   #574
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Cut open an old truck door. I am finding it very hard to find the queen in such uncontrolled situations. I think I vacuumed her up but not sure. I collected 90% of the bees. Spent a lot of time after all the comb was harvested smoking the bees out and vacuuming them.




Definitely hard to find the queen in something like that! You have to get lucky!
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Old 09-04-2021, 09:36 AM   #575
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Tiny little ants but a lot of them. Sugar ants? How do I get rid of them?

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I put veg oil around the bottom of the hive, usually helps.
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Old 09-04-2021, 10:32 AM   #577
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Sharecropping was good this year . .
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Old 09-04-2021, 12:21 PM   #578
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Oh you rascal! That looks delicious.
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Old 09-06-2021, 06:31 PM   #579
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Cut out a plastic truck tool box today. This thing was buried in some woods and I drug it out to the clearing. They were mad then calmed down to not so bad.









Over 3 gallons of capped honey.
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Old 09-07-2021, 09:03 PM   #581
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HmmmÖ I donít know why the colors vary. Two different hives a few miles apart.
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Old 09-08-2021, 09:17 PM   #582
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What does a removal like this cost?



Attic access is very bad.
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Hard to say without looking at it first hand but probably $500-600. I’d cut from the outside rather than try to work in the attic in this heat.
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Old 09-17-2021, 06:38 PM   #585
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Hmmm… I don’t know why the colors vary. Two different hives a few miles apart.
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Old 09-17-2021, 06:40 PM   #586
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HmmmÖ I donít know why the colors vary. Two different hives a few miles apart.
The bees were just gathering nectar from 2 different plants. What was blooming in the area the honey came from?
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Old 10-14-2021, 01:30 PM   #587
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TTT. Wife is very interested in getting started. She's scheduled for a class this Saturday out between Huffman and Dayton. Hope to get bees at our place in Centerville/Leon County.

Anyone in that area have bees?
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TTT. Wife is very interested in getting started. She's scheduled for a class this Saturday out between Huffman and Dayton. Hope to get bees at our place in Centerville/Leon County.

Anyone in that area have bees?

Itís addicting
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Old 10-17-2021, 08:42 PM   #589
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Anyone got all natural hive beetle treatment other than diatomaceous earth?
Couple of my hives got really over ran with beetles this year in places I've never had a major issue. I've always just covered the ground in diatomaceous earth put hives in full sun and been good.

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TTT. Wife is very interested in getting started. She's scheduled for a class this Saturday out between Huffman and Dayton. Hope to get bees at our place in Centerville/Leon County.

Anyone in that area have bees?
If yíall get into it I know a guy with a bee farm in Katy/Fulshear that sells a very gentle (friendly) group of bees from Georgia. Just FYI. I took the class and it was great fun.
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