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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    At last, something practical from the state law makers! :thumb: http://www.creighton.senate.state.tx.us/pr15/p051915a.htm Texas State Senate Bill 1766 passed. AUSTIN — Today, Senate Bill 1766 passed the Texas Legislature. This bill exempts small scale and beekeeping hobbyists who annually...
  2. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I've recently completed a course on bee keeping provided by a master bee keeper. I originally wanted to see if I would be a good fit for it and if my property would be a good fit for them. After the course I have fallen in love with the idea. I'm so excited to start my hives this year and...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    We just started keeping bees this Spring. So far things seem to be going well. After seeing all the new comb they built, we installed the queen excluder & added a super for "our honey". We have more pics on our facebook page, also. http://www.facebook.com/beesimplefarm
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I know there are folks in here who keep bees... The wife and I want to get started. Could someone point me to a good thread or sticky on the subject? Thanks!
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have long thought that it would be prudent to have beehives on my place. Honey is nutritious, good for trade and medicinally valuable (it's a great topical antibiotic) etc. Recently though, I've been thinking of placing several strategically-located hives around my property with remote...
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Has anyone started feeding their bees and treating for mites for the winter? Had a speaker at our association meeting last night and he talked about feeding to build brood for the winter. Wondered if brood patties would be good now and then sugar syrup closer to spring. I thought patties were...
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    for those who have worked with bee hives. i am looking into doing something maybe next summer. are there any books you would recommend? i would be interested in getting to know more about doing this.
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I've been working our beehives this spring in preparation for our honey flows this year. We had 4 hives going into spring, did one split and have purchased 2 additional NUCs, giving us a total of 7 hives this year. I just found out about a new type of bottom board called the Freeman Beetle...
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I know that alot of you are still reeling from winter weather, but down here in the south the garden has been growing since mid February and I've noticed something quite disturbing... where are the bees? I saw an article today speaking to that affect...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    We have lots of honey bees trying to feed off my smashed coke cans that I'm saving to recycle. Therefore, I decided to make up some sugar water for them. I made up a about 1 cup and they drank it all. However, I'm not sure I got the sugar ratio right. Can someone tell me how to make sugar...
  11. General Discussion
    Seems its not jut domestic bees that are dying off. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/highlands_and_islands/7360832.stm
  12. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I'm going to get one bee hive. I don't want to do this in a big way. Anyone use one of these companies or do you have a company you can recommend to get a starter kit and hive? There's nothing around my place so it's going to be a mail order. I've 3 catalogs: Mann Lake Glory Bee Better bee...
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