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Old 03-29-2020, 07:44 AM   #201
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I've had that experience also. Probably hive does not have queen..... or maybe bad infestation of varrolla or hive beetles. My bet is on missing queen
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Old 03-29-2020, 03:13 PM   #202
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I have 3 hives, and am buying 2 more nuts next month. My neighbor asked me to help him with his bees on Tuesday. The first three hives were just fine, and had no surprises. He then mentioned that the 4th and final hive was kinda bad....
I ended up getting a bee inside my veil, and after walking about 50í away to open it up to remove her, several more bees popped me on my head. I dropped the jacket, and kept walking. Ended up with around 10 or so stings, and had to move 300 yards away to get away from them. The swelling is going down....havenít spoken to my neighbor since...
Lol. Itís all good though.
Africanized, no doubt.
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Old 03-29-2020, 08:36 PM   #203
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Old 04-07-2020, 10:28 PM   #204
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My Beekeeper got set up . . Kind of fun watching the operation . . From afar . .
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Old 04-07-2020, 10:36 PM   #205
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Come on Sharecropper! Don't be scared!

Son and I caught another swarm today.
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Old 04-08-2020, 05:22 AM   #206
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nice setup Sharecropper
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Old 04-09-2020, 01:17 PM   #207
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Hey BeeKeepers! We have 25ish hives (it varies) and are near Austin! We love it! I'm sure i'm not the most knowledgeable on here but I'm happy to help if I can.

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Old 04-09-2020, 01:38 PM   #208
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Sharecropper: is that 3 full size hives?
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Old 04-09-2020, 02:08 PM   #209
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Sharecropper: is that 3 full size hives?
And a spare brood box...apparently. Boy swinging for the fences.
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Sharecropper: is that 3 full size hives?
I'll ask her next time she visits . .
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And a spare brood box...apparently. Boy swinging for the fences.
I just own the land . . I'll ask her . . This is her 2nd year . . I'm just the Sharecropper . .
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Old 04-09-2020, 04:07 PM   #212
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I just own the land . . I'll ask her . . This is her 2nd year . . I'm just the Sharecropper . .
I would implore you to, just once, borrow their veil (gloves if it would make you feel safe) and stand over the open hive and just listen.

It is an incredible rush.
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I would implore you to, just once, borrow their veil (gloves if it would make you feel safe) and stand over the open hive and just listen.

It is an incredible rush.
True! I thought I was the only one that got a rush from this.
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Old 04-16-2020, 06:23 PM   #214
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Fun day today, hived a trapped swarm this morning and picked up a swarm this afternoon

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Old 04-16-2020, 08:04 PM   #215
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Awesome Ferg. Love the pics.

I have a big day planned tomorrow. Setting a hive on my lease and recovering another out of a house in Nederland.
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Old 04-22-2020, 09:55 AM   #216
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Well, recovered the hive, clipped the Queen's wings. Quite a few bees, lots of larvae and a bit of honey and nectar, which I left for the bees. I was satisfied. Set my other hive on my lease, gonna check them out Friday. Getting a collection of hives.
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Old 04-22-2020, 10:57 AM   #217
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My Beekeeper got set up . . Kind of fun watching the operation . . From afar . .


Iíd say those maybe the Arizona cabinet style hives. Not 100% sure but look like if from here
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Old 04-22-2020, 10:58 AM   #218
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Fun day today, hived a trapped swarm this morning and picked up a swarm this afternoon



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Old 04-22-2020, 11:01 AM   #219
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Each comb was about 6' long.
Not much honey.


Nice work! Most hives are fairly skinny from building brood numbers in anticipation for the nectar flow that time of the year. Minimal honey during a cutout is definitely better. Less mess, least sticky bees to die, and less robbing during the cutout!

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Old 04-22-2020, 11:08 AM   #220
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I have 3 hives, and am buying 2 more nuts next month. My neighbor asked me to help him with his bees on Tuesday. The first three hives were just fine, and had no surprises. He then mentioned that the 4th and final hive was kinda bad....
I ended up getting a bee inside my veil, and after walking about 50í away to open it up to remove her, several more bees popped me on my head. I dropped the jacket, and kept walking. Ended up with around 10 or so stings, and had to move 300 yards away to get away from them. The swelling is going down....havenít spoken to my neighbor since...
Lol. Itís all good though.


Iíd pinch that queen, split the hive if brood allows and introduce a queen in each one after 2-3 days of them being queenless if it were me. AHole bees arenít any fun. 90% of my ferals Iíve caught were Aholes when their numbers got strong enough. I buy queens bred far outside the Africanized zone and never thought twice about going back to rolling the dice and making walk away splits with local genetics.
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Old 04-22-2020, 11:13 AM   #221
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A few pics of some of Ď20 splits that are moving along well, most are double stacked now....
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Old 04-22-2020, 11:19 AM   #222
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Marked about 35 new queens this past week. I try and mark them about 3 weeks to a month after making the splits because queen mortality the first 3 weeks to a month can make marking them earlier a waste of time.
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Old 04-22-2020, 11:22 AM   #223
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Lost a sharpie while making splits a few weeks back. I always mark the new split ant the original hive incase a queen makes it into the split I know where she came from. I looked everywhere for it that day and finally gave up. Found it a couple days back when marking queens. Bees turned into a piece of art.....
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Old 04-22-2020, 12:08 PM   #224
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Installing my nucs this weekend.
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Old 04-22-2020, 12:19 PM   #225
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who did you get them from if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 04-22-2020, 12:32 PM   #226
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A guy named Charles at our Chisholm trail club
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Old 04-22-2020, 12:50 PM   #227
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We pick ours up today. 2 complete sets. We have done classes, watched videos and read articles and joined a club. We are going to do our best and understand that it won't (bee) perfect but we'll learn as we go I'm sure.
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A few pics of some of Ď20 splits that are moving along well, most are double stacked now....
are you getting like 50# out of those singles? whats like your average for the year per single?

man i know nothing, but this is some good reading.
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good deal, you'll enjoy them!
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Old 04-22-2020, 04:09 PM   #230
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are you getting like 50# out of those singles? whats like your average for the year per single?

man i know nothing, but this is some good reading.
50# in reference to honey? I don't usually harvest off of my splits unless its a great year. In that case they get double stacked with deeps and usually a medium put on them. On my stronger well established hives they keep both their deep brood boxes and get another deep or two for honey depending on the nectar flow. Each deep nets about 58-60# of honey.
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Nice work! Most hives are fairly skinny from building brood numbers in anticipation for the nectar flow that time of the year. Minimal honey during a cutout is definitely better. Less mess, least sticky bees to die, and less robbing during the cutout!
Yessir, it was an easy removal, clean, made 3 splits, biggest Queen I have ever seen.

Do you clip the wings of your Queens?

Best thread on TBH
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Old 04-25-2020, 11:54 AM   #232
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Yessir, it was an easy removal, clean, made 3 splits, biggest Queen I have ever seen.

Do you clip the wings of your Queens?

Best thread on TBH

I donít usually, but I know some that do.
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got a text from land owner with a pic of a swarm on the bottom of one of my traps, quick trip, scooped them up, now in a hive at my house.
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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
Update on the Flowhive. It appears it is gonna work. The bees have taken to it and are depositing nectar in the cells, I think that was my doubt that it wouldn't work. Should have some honey very soon. I will make a vid and send it to someone to post.
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anyone know of someone in Garza county that would like to relocate a large hive living in a old house well box? Please pm me so I don't have to kill these bees.
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what is a standard split share for a land owner? thanks.

great thread! im watching jp the cajun bee dude. yall got me hooked.
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Old 04-28-2020, 12:59 PM   #238
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I have an important question, that has never occurred to me.

Is old comb bad for bees? I have some old comb from last years recovery that the bees got into. The bees seem to like it. It seems to be very clean, it has never shown any Wax Moths in it. It smells good.
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I picked these up the other day.

Brought them to one of my bee yards to transfer.


This was on top of the grate.


This was underneath.


Hereís where they live now.


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That's a lot of bees!
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Old 05-04-2020, 06:28 PM   #241
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By the way, I just saw a free beekeeping class for beginners on book of faces group "Beekeeping for beginners". https://www.facebook.com/groups/7525...1358128583123/

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I have an important question, that has never occurred to me.

Is old comb bad for bees? I have some old comb from last years recovery that the bees got into. The bees seem to like it. It seems to be very clean, it has never shown any Wax Moths in it. It smells good.
I've read that you should rotate out old black comb, if I remember right it's recommended to have all comb rotated out every 3rd year.
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I will have to admit an increase in the amount of tomatoes started since the arrival of the bees . . I have noticed more bee activity in the flowers as well . . I like that . .
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Picked up this swarm near Lockhart. They were on top of an umbrella over a picnic table.




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I will have to admit an increase in the amount of tomatoes started since the arrival of the bees . . I have noticed more bee activity in the flowers as well . . I like that . .
Honey bees don't really polinate tomatoes well. Native bumble bees are what you need. Something physical regarding the bees.

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Honey bees don't really polinate tomatoes well. Native bumble bees are what you need. Something physical regarding the bees.
No shortage of bumblebees out here in the sticks . .
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No shortage of bumblebees out here in the sticks . .
No, there shouldn't be. I have a pipeline right of way behind my house covered in various wildflowers and I haven't seen a bumble bee or honey bee yet in my back yard.
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How close can you mow to the hives before suiting up?
How much wind is to much before opening the hive to feed?
I got my nucs installed a week ago.
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Update on the Flowhive. It appears it is gonna work. The bees have taken to it and are depositing nectar in the cells, I think that was my doubt that it wouldn't work. Should have some honey very soon. I will make a vid and send it to someone to post.
Can't wait to see this!!!
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How close can you mow to the hives before suiting up?
How much wind is to much before opening the hive to feed?
I got my nucs installed a week ago.
I mow all around mine with my zero turn and weedeat around the yards within feet of my hives with no ppe and never have any problems. I have great docile genetics and know their mannerisms well though. I never pay too much attention to the wind, but windy days make bees sometimes irritable. If I was needing to feed I wouldn't let 15-25mph wind stop me.....
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