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Old 04-25-2021, 08:34 AM   #451
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Old 04-26-2021, 09:19 AM   #452
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Inspected my two new hives this weekend...they are doing great. Queens laying, bee numbers exploding, lots of foragers bringing in nectar and pollen. I did notice that a couple of bees were at entrance fanning their wings. Are they doing that to help cure the nectar/honey or is it getting too hot in the hive? When should I remove the entrance reducer and give them full access and air flow at the front of the box? (Just FYI - I have hoover hives with solid bottom boards)
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Inspected my two new hives this weekend...they are doing great. Queens laying, bee numbers exploding, lots of foragers bringing in nectar and pollen. I did notice that a couple of bees were at entrance fanning their wings. Are they doing that to help cure the nectar/honey or is it getting too hot in the hive? When should I remove the entrance reducer and give them full access and air flow at the front of the box? (Just FYI - I have hoover hives with solid bottom boards)
Fanning to keep the hive cool especially during high humidity. Probably see a lot of bearding here soon too. On my langs I've just kept entrance reducers on full time even for big strong hives. It may slow them up a bit during the peak flow but its a small price to pay to keep robbing, pests and other things at bay
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Old 04-26-2021, 01:15 PM   #454
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We completed our first split a week ago and things look real good. It was a little scary the first time but I'm sure will be easier from here on out.
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Old 04-26-2021, 03:25 PM   #455
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Shoutout to Sharkhunter for coming remove a swarm thats been on my tree since last Tuesday. Appreciate the help and hope they do you some good.


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Fanning to keep the hive cool especially during high humidity. Probably see a lot of bearding here soon too. On my langs I've just kept entrance reducers on full time even for big strong hives. It may slow them up a bit during the peak flow but its a small price to pay to keep robbing, pests and other things at bay
Thanks for the advice...sounds like the benefit of keeping the robbers at bay outweighs the negative affect of being a little hot in the hive.
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Thanks for the advice...sounds like the benefit of keeping the robbers at bay outweighs the negative affect of being a little hot in the hive.
They'll regulate temp just fine but make sure they have plenty of water close by. If you look at their entrances in the wild they're pretty tiny. I had larger circular entrances on my top bar and they propolised them down to just a few bees width
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Shoutout to Sharkhunter for coming remove a swarm thats been on my tree since last Tuesday. Appreciate the help and hope they do you some good.


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Any more pics, or details? I don't know squat about bees, but I sure like reading this thread.
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keeping bees is every bit as addictive as habitat work and planting trees

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Old 04-26-2021, 04:47 PM   #460
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Iím addicted to planting fruit trees. Every year I plant 15 to 20. That along with keeping bees keeps me pretty busy.
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Old 04-26-2021, 04:51 PM   #461
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Glad I could help. Might want to keep an eye on that limb another swarm could very well call that home again. A good rain should wash some of her sent away though.
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Old 04-26-2021, 05:18 PM   #462
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My neighbor keeps bees on the back of our property. The folks across the street called yesterday and had a swarm in a crepe myrtle. We suited up, grabbed an extra hive and some pruners and headed over. Swarm was about the size of a football. He held the limb above and below the swarm as I cut it free. Got the swarm in the box with a few frames. Trimmed the limb up a little more, put the box on the ranger and off to the bee yard we went. Heís going to keep it closed up for a couple days and then go back right before dark and check it out and go from there. Never thought about taking pictures until we already had them in the box.

We did the same thing with a swarm he spotted on the way to work about a mile down the road last year. Swarm was 20í from the road in a mesquite on a fence line. I donít remember whether he re-queened it or not, but itís turned into a real strong hive this year.

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Too small a swarm trap? Iíve got a couple drops of lemon grass oil at the entrance.

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Old 04-26-2021, 05:55 PM   #464
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Captured a hive today. It was in a ground pot for light poles. I have pics if some one can post them for me. Bees are swarming like crazy here in SETx! I am officially out of Brood boxes.

Inspected a couple of hives, there was some crazy comb in that one!

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nah, I think you are good Biggs. How far off the ground is it? Any old comb?
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Old 04-26-2021, 06:00 PM   #466
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Uhhh! You need to start Dale! Get you a Brood box, a lid for the box and a bottom board. Do a little research on what you will need. A word of warning, it is very addictive, nothing like it.

I started in Aug of 2019 with one FlowHive, I now have 13 hives as of today.
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Old 04-26-2021, 06:04 PM   #467
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old comb and a little lemon grass oil is what we have very good luck with trapping bees
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Old 04-26-2021, 06:17 PM   #468
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Old 04-26-2021, 06:21 PM   #469
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Thanx Bisch

I could not find the Queen, but I thought I heard her "toot" inside the hive.

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Old 04-26-2021, 06:46 PM   #470
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I have a swarm at the house if anyone is interested in it. About 30 miles west of Beaumont in Winnie. Been here for 2 days.

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I have a swarm at the house if anyone is interested in it. About 30 miles west of Beaumont in Winnie. Been here for 2 days.

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Hang tight. My son might want it. If I had another hive, I would be on my way.
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Old 04-27-2021, 06:55 AM   #472
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Glad I could help. Might want to keep an eye on that limb another swarm could very well call that home again. A good rain should wash some of her sent away though.

The few remaining bees are back on the limb and not budging. About the size of a baseball. Iím pretty sure you got the queen though.


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Old 04-27-2021, 07:17 AM   #473
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Seemed like a pretty simple process. He had a box with comb slots in it. Sprayed down with warm sugar water. Climbed up to the swarm and literally scooped them onto the comb and then slid that into the box. Rinse and repeat until we were sure he had the queen and majority of the bees were going into the box with her.

I was standing back a good ways watching. Bees are a phobia of mine. I can handle snakes, spiders, scorpions, you name it. Bees are a no go for me. I still got smoked on the forehead by one. Lol.
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Good set of pics! Nice capture
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Too small a swarm trap? I’ve got a couple drops of lemon grass oil at the entrance.

I've read a few studies that suggest smaller nuc-sized swarm traps preferentially catch africanized or africanized-hybrid strains. They tend to like smaller hive sizes. I use full sized deeps on my traps and stay away from nucs. Something to think about.

https://parkerbees.com/swarmtrapping.html
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Neighbor went back tonight to check on the swarm we caught last weekend and open an entrance for them. Had this big swarm in a tree back by the bee yard. For reference the limb on the left is about 4Ē. diameter. Going or coming they needed catching. Fortunately they were only about 6í off the ground. We turned a syrup tub upside down, put a yeti on top of that and set a deep bee box on the yeti. This put us about a foot under swarm. My buddy gave it one big downward shake and Iíd say >99% of the bees were in the box. I put a shallow box with drawn out frames on top of it and we ratcheted it close. Easy evening fun.


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Old 05-02-2021, 07:29 PM   #478
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Splitting a hive question.
I have a double deep brood box hive. If I split that into to two hives. Would I still get plenty of honey? Is it just my bad thinking of having to run double deep plus honey supper?
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Old 05-03-2021, 05:23 AM   #479
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Too many variables on this one, but in my opinion if you split now it could very well effect your honey crop. With that said some bees build up faster than others, so this is how we learn, if you want to try the split go for it. If honey is your main goal, leave it alone, maybe try to pick up a swarm and gain your 2nd hive. Good luck
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With a drought-busting rain and warm temps forecasted, thoughts on it triggering a strong flow? I haven't seen much yet here in Boerne
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:07 PM   #481
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I have a double deep brood box hive. If I split that into to two hives. Would I still get plenty of honey? Is it just my bad thinking of having to run double deep plus honey supper?
Just put a super on top of your double and let them fill it up with honey. Once they fill it up, pull that super and slap another on there. You may be able to make 2 full boxes of honey without messing with splitting.
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Old 05-04-2021, 08:53 AM   #483
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Just put a super on top of your double and let them fill it up with honey. Once they fill it up, pull that super and slap another on there. You may be able to make 2 full boxes of honey without messing with splitting.
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Old 05-04-2021, 10:50 AM   #484
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Anyone want to come get some bees in League City? They came back, in the eve of my house.
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Old 05-04-2021, 06:44 PM   #485
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13 colonies. Ive lost alot of bees over the past several years. We refreshed with some fresh nucs this year. The Flow system works pretty good...we drop some coin on the frames and boxes.
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13 colonies. Ive lost alot of bees over the past several years. We refreshed with some fresh nucs this year. The Flow system works pretty good...we drop some coin on the frames and boxes.
What is the main cause of the losses? Also, where are your hives located?
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Old 05-04-2021, 07:58 PM   #488
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Anyone have any old comb around Lampasas or San Saba? I built a couple swarm traps last year but never put them out. About ready to give it a try.
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RiverRat1 wish I was closer we have lots of old comb In Tyler, waiting on hot weather to melt it down in our solar wax melter
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Robbing, fighting, weak queens, wax moths, absconding, predators (lizards, hornets, etc). Poor management. Its a learning process.

Ive decided to reduce all my entrances except the large colonies and keep the sugar water away from the smaller colonies to discourage robbing from the larger colonies....as opposed to direct feeding. Im free feeding syrup in communal pots/jars/lids away from the colonies and it seems to be working better to discourage thieving and fighting.

Hives are located centrally on my property. They receive eastern morning sun and afternoon shade. Maybe a little too close to the ground...openings are about 18” off ground.
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Also, hive beetles. I had a weak hive that they took over, absolutely disgusting to clean out. I reduce my entrances now, in hopes of preventing that again.
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Also, hive beetles. I had a weak hive that they took over, absolutely disgusting to clean out. I reduce my entrances now, in hopes of preventing that again.
Hive beetles and wax moths are secondary problems. Varroa is likely your first problem that needs to be addressed.
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Been super busy with getting splits picked up by their new owners, received some decent rain last week but very little nectar in the supers. Not much honey will be made this year in my area. Usually donít mess with swarms or removes much these days because it takes time away from what I already have, but this one was too easy and helped out an elderly lady that needed them taken care of. Marked the queen and moved them to the bee yard.....
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Brand new to this but itís fascinating! Visited a friends bee farm last week and it was amazing. 250 gives and they offer classes as well. Lots of amazing honey! Hepplewhite farms is the name of theirs.
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Robbing, fighting, weak queens, wax moths, absconding, predators (lizards, hornets, etc). Poor management. Its a learning process.

Ive decided to reduce all my entrances except the large colonies and keep the sugar water away from the smaller colonies to discourage robbing from the larger colonies....as opposed to direct feeding. Im free feeding syrup in communal pots/jars/lids away from the colonies and it seems to be working better to discourage thieving and fighting.

Hives are located centrally on my property. They receive eastern morning sun and afternoon shade. Maybe a little too close to the ground...openings are about 18Ē off ground.
Good info, thank you. I have been spending a lot of time on YT and BeeSource trying to learn this trade. Maybe by next spring I will be ready to jump all in.
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Good. My mentor likes “The Fat Bee Man” on YT. Not exactly sure what his real YT name might be.

I have the bottom boards with mite monitoring but I feel like it allows pest intrusion into the colonies. I may be wrong. I see lots of cockroaches and ants when checking the monitoring boards.

Ive noticed my, otherwise docile, colonies go hot when theyre being predated. The ladies let me know fairly quickly when theyve got something eating their sisters...theyll attack my farm cart as I simply drive by...normally no bother.
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Old 05-05-2021, 10:33 AM   #497
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Hive beetles and wax moths are secondary problems. Varroa is likely your first problem that needs to be addressed.
Bingo. Typically if wax moth or beetles are able to take over a hive it was already dead. Might as well pick it up, gas it, and start over when you start seeing wax moth or beetles any substantial number.

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Bingo. Typically if wax moth or beetles are able to take over a hive it was already dead. Might as well pick it up, gas it, and start over when you start seeing wax moth or beetles any substantial number.
Yessiree, couldn't agree more.




Another thing I'll add, don't take everything you hear on podcasts and yt as the gospel. a lot of opinion and divisive misinformation given on both platforms. Always wear your PPE when working bees. The tic tok videos look cool when they don't but could get you hurt in a hurry trying it at home.....

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Another good day with bees, trapped swarm and a cut out
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Anybody near Grand Prairie and want to come get these bees?

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