If you are a member, and have something to share that is "Bee" related such as a story or information, please send it to me by email.

Remember that the "Cletus Calendar" page will tell you what you should be doing this month, and the "Archive" page contains all of the previous months of the "Newsletter and Cletus Calendar".

Books that I have written:

"Beekeeping: A Personal Journey"--You can purchase it here on this site (Book page), in the classroom, Amazon.com or from Walter T. Kelley Bee Supply Company.

"Beekeeping: Questions and Answers"--You can purchase it here on this site (Book page), in the classroom, Amazon.com or from Walter T. Kelley Bee Supply Company.

(Novel series) #1 Tom Richards-Justice Served--You can purchase it in the classroom, Amazon.com or through Kindle. (Now available) (View it on Amazon.com)

(Novel series) #2 Tom Richards-Blood Trail of a Serial Killer--You can purchase it in the classroom, Amazon.com or through Kindle. (Coming in February)

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I want to wish each and every one of you a "Happy New Year". I hope that this club website has helped you to become a better manager of your bees, and has helped you to enjoy your bees more over the years. I want to thank the few folks that have sent in beekeeping articles and stories during 2013. I hope that you will continue helping in 2014.

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For Sale

 FOR SALE:Russian Queens and Nucs: I am a member of the Lone Star Farms bee club. I have never used any chemicals in my hives and I have been raising bees continuously for 36 years. I will be offering a limited number of Russian queens and nucs for sale. Queens-$25.00 and Nucs-$155.00. If you are interested or need further information, please email me at purehoneyproducer@att.net or you may call me at 281.932.4887.

 Costa Kouzounis

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Bee Talk

 Hi Dennis,

I wanted to let you know that I read your book and enjoyed it very much. I have a couple of questions if you don’t mind…..Where do you recommend buying hygienic stock queens?

Also, I wanted to let you know that your book is the only place I have ever had Africanized usurpation discussed. Low and behold when I visited by hives this weekend, I found a small cluster of bees on the outside of my hive. I dug thru to the bottom and did find the Africanized queen and killed her. I would not have known what I was looking at if it had not been for your read.

More interesting is that when I went into the hive the day after, I noticed I did not have a queen, nor eggs, nor larvae so it was clear I had been without a queen for quite a while. I was queen right three weeks earlier which was the last time I looked. Anyway I was wondering if an African swarm is able to determine weakness in a hive or the absence of a queen in its selection as to which hive to try to usurp since they had several other hives to choose from.

Lastly, you said in your book you like to have at least 5 frames of bees going into the winter…..how many frames of bees do you like to see in Jan, March, May and Aug?

Thanks for your help.    

Hey There,

I am glad that you enjoyed reading my new book. I recommend purchasing queens from B-Weaver in Navasota or from a Russian Queen Breeders Association member which is listed on our website on the link page. It would be best this time of year to check that hive to make sure it is healthy (free from disease). Try to figure out why the hive went queen-less. If the hive is healthy then unite that hive (Using the newspaper method I discussed in my book.) with another hive that could use the population boost for winter time.

The queen’s pheromone is distributed throughout the hive by the worker bees. The odor can be detected at the hive entrance. The scouts of a swarm can pick up on this odor or lack of odor and know whether or not the hive has a queen. Robber bees use the same technique to judge whether a hive is queen-less. When a hive becomes queen-less, the hive is demoralized and it makes it easy for robber bees and other pests to take over.

Here in Texas 5 frame hives (nucs) are wintered all the time. You do need to monitor the hive for food stores throughout the winter months and feed if necessary. Because the queen slows her egg laying activities down dramatically (sometimes stops for about 6 weeks or so) during the winter months and only begins to lay eggs in the month of February (average unless you start feeding earlier.) the hive population has reduced by January, February and March. (You can alter this by early feeding and stimulate the queen to start laying earlier.) It is usually only around the last week in March or 1st of April that the population begins to increase. (It takes 21 days for the worker bee to hatch.) The population should continue to increase until around July, then the queen slowly reduces her egg laying activities again.

I hope that this information has helped.

Dennis

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