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« on: March 30, 2013, 05:58:54 AM »

I'm just starting from scratch. I'm a avid home brewer and cyclist. I'm also a amateur welder and woodworker. I started making mead and researching honey. That's about it. I built 2 TBH and 3 swarm traps. I've got a friend that owns an abandoned house with a hive located in it. This hive is at least 5 years old.

I've done two cut outs. The first all the bees left after being harassed by ants. And the second I didn't get enough bees before the exterminator was called to spray. So they were very weak. Then I see a ton of them died in the motor oil moat I put to keep
 The ants away. I'm pretty sure they are dead too. Well I have a package from rweaver and a queen coming. I also have a line on one more cut out.
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2013, 09:48:12 AM »

Welcome to the forum, NotactJack.  There are lots of threads and videos here that can help.  You may want to check into a local bee club.  And put your location, south Texas is a good size place.  Good luck with your bees




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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2013, 11:17:47 AM »

Welcome to the forum.
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2013, 12:06:13 PM »

Welcome to the bee forum Jack.
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2013, 12:44:38 PM »

Welcome to the place for all things bee.  How far South are you?
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2013, 09:00:43 PM »

Welcome!

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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2013, 04:16:27 AM »

Laredo, Texas actually. Which stinks because this area used to be known for growning onions and cantalope. Now no one grows anything its all deer hunting leases.

I have two packages coming. Italians from Pigeon Mountain and All American from Rweaver (italian hybrid). Also a queen that I'm going to use for my next cut out.

I have ordered 1 Langstroth and I built 2 48" TBH and 3 TBH nuc boxes. I am thinking about building some nuc boxes that take lang frames.
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2013, 05:48:57 AM »

What do they plant for deer forage? I'm sure that aceage has something blooming and may be more diverse than just onions and cantaloupe. It may be a good thing as far as honey flavors and bee health.
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2013, 06:16:46 PM »

Welcome to the forum.....and enjoy the adventure of beekeeping.
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2013, 12:14:46 AM »

What do they plant for deer forage? I'm sure that aceage has something blooming and may be more diverse than just onions and cantaloupe. It may be a good thing as far as honey flavors and bee health.

Unfortunately they don't use food plots. It's all done with corn deer feeders. I had a buddy pay 3k for a hunting lease. He told me he spent 6k feeding him. Most what grows out here is cactus and brush. It's mesquite trees and prickly pear cactus.
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2013, 10:31:29 AM »

Welcome neighbor.  Well, sort of, we all know how big Texas is.  That is why we need more bees:) 
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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2013, 05:14:12 PM »

Mesquite trees makes a mild white honey that is sought after by many and lots of it.
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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2013, 06:08:43 PM »

Oh yeah a mesquite varietal sounds great. I'm really excited for prickly pear cactus honey. I love the jams the tunas make.
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2013, 11:25:24 AM »

just got a call from a lady in Laredo needing a cutout done.  I'll send you a PM with her number if you want
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2013, 03:02:38 PM »

This will be my first honey harvest, (hopefully) and we have dewberries and lots and lots of mesquite around us.  I can't wait to see what it looks and tastes like.Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2013, 07:25:40 AM »

Thanks for the job. I'll call her in the morning and maybe I can house some new bees.
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