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  Topic: Why are the bees not going down?
Robert

Replies: 8
Views: 6784

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:15 pm   Subject: Why are the bees not going down?
I had the same issues with getting them to move down. I had "ladders" of foundation in each box yet they would not move down. I kept looking in the observation windows and the top boxes just ...
  Topic: bees not active after 3 days
Robert

Replies: 8
Views: 5377

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:11 pm   Subject: bees not active after 3 days
They are building comb in that mass of bees. I have seen a package go through more than a quart a week of syrup.
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
Robert

Replies: 25
Views: 14112

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:20 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
When you pulled the queen cage out of the package was there a good cluster of bees balled around it? How many bars have you given them? How difficult would it be to close the bottom of the hive up? I' ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
Robert

Replies: 25
Views: 14112

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:05 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
What type of bottom do you have, Screened, solid?
  Topic: Block all holes when new bees come?
Robert

Replies: 2
Views: 4741

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:23 pm   Subject: Block all holes when new bees come?
I hang the Queen cage and get as many of the bees in the hive as possible. I set the package near the entrance, leaving one hole open, and the bees find their way in. That night I put a peice of hardw ...
  Topic: keeping big red ants out of my hives ?
Robert

Replies: 6
Views: 5752

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:25 pm   Subject: keeping big red ants out of my hives ?
I use DE on the groud around the hive, beneficial nematodes, and chickens. My ant problems are gone. Very Happy
  Topic: Australian scientists may have solved the mystery of bee col
Robert

Replies: 3
Views: 3810

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:56 pm   Subject: Australian scientists may have solved the mystery of bee col
That was my point in posting it.
  Topic: Australian scientists may have solved the mystery of bee col
Robert

Replies: 3
Views: 3810

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:15 pm   Subject: Australian scientists may have solved the mystery of bee col
For what it may be worth.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/australian-scientists-may-have-solved-the-mystery-of-bee-colony-collapse-20150210-13a6ss.html
  Topic: Flowers of Sulfur and Diatomaceous Earth as Varroa control
Robert

Replies: 2
Views: 4768

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:31 pm   Subject: Flowers of Sulfur and Diatomaceous Earth as Varroa control
I use DE around my feed bins, chicken coop, dust my chickens, cows, goats for pest parasite control. Around the feed bins keeps ants and other unwanteds out. I do put a ring on the ground around my hi ...
  Topic: Healthy Bees in Texas
Robert

Replies: 21
Views: 23219

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:53 pm   Subject: Healthy Bees in Texas
I am in Spring Branch, Comal county, will help if I can.
  Topic: Ants!!!
Robert

Replies: 10
Views: 10053

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:12 pm   Subject: Ants!!!
Diatomaceous earth has worked very well for me. The ants will not cross over it in my experience. I had a problem with them getting into my chicken scratch and my bees so I keep it around my hives and ...
  Topic: Parson's Gold Solution
Robert

Replies: 3
Views: 4005

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:50 pm   Subject: Parson's Gold Solution
I googled Parson's Gold and it is not colloidal gold (thus my assuming was wrong) but rather some herbal/oil mixture supposed to help with mites, etc. I would if I had to treat an issue would probably ...
  Topic: Parson's Gold Solution
Robert

Replies: 3
Views: 4005

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:08 pm   Subject: Parson's Gold Solution
I assume it is colloidal gold. If it is, like colloidal silver, there are good and useful ones and bad ones. I would find out how many ppm it is and if it is clear. If it is a true and quality colloid ...
  Topic: experiment: condensation quilt and roof
Robert

Replies: 14
Views: 11828

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:37 am   Subject: experiment: condensation quilt and roof
Thanks. I have had SHB iss issues in my hTBH's. B nematoids help.
  Topic: experiment: condensation quilt and roof
Robert

Replies: 14
Views: 11828

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:58 pm   Subject: experiment: condensation quilt and roof
I live in Central Texas and the summers can be pretty hot with day after day over 100F and high humidity. I am building three warre' hives. Which quilt-roof combination would you use? Winters can also ...
  Topic: tanzanian tbh for southeast texas
Robert

Replies: 11
Views: 15903

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:55 pm   Subject: tanzanian tbh for southeast texas
My hives here in Central Texas are Kenyan. I started with just screened bottoms on two and one closed bottom with a screen and the bottom can be lowered for mite inspection. I had nothing but trouble ...
 
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