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Hello Everyone,

It seems like it's hot all over the world. Working bees with a beesuit on in 100 degree weather is insane. We must remember to drink lots of fluids. For me, the only good thing about it is that I can loose 10 pounds working in the bee yard in one day. It takes some people six months to loose that much. Maybe we discovered a new diet plan.

The yaupon and the tallow flow was pretty much a bust for this year with all the rains. We're hoping for a good goldenrod flow to at least offer the bees some winter stores instead of feeding them sugar water.

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For Sale

I have 2 – 5 frame nucs with eggs, larva, sealed brood, pollen, and honey. Queens from Jay Poindexter-Montgomery, Texas

Price – $175.00 /nuc.

Contact Information: Garland Martine

Phone – 979 204 – 2043  e-mail


Bee Talk

This link was sent in by member Gena` Leathers.


Hello Dennis,

I really enjoyed your class today on chemical free beekeeping and learned a great deal.  I look forward to taking all your classes as preparation for getting bees next spring and I have joined the Lone Star Farms beekeeping club. 

Cheers,    Gena` Leathers


Hi Dennis,

We’ve been beekeepers for about five years now and are still confused about whether to introduce a mated queen, virgin queen, using a queen cell or letting the hive raise their own queen. Can you help us out with this dilemma? Thank you for your time.

Mathew and Pam Dawson

Hello Folks,

This subject can be quite confusing. The first thing you need to decide on is what you’re trying to accomplish, how much time you have left in the season and what you would like the end result to be. I’ve made up a chart for you to review. When you see the options listed all at once, you will have a better understanding of the different choices.

The first in line offers the most immediate population growth. If the queen is laying a nice pattern, is populating the hive nicely, the offspring is gentle and the bees are hygienic, then this queen is everything you want to have out of a queen. So, unless you need to make a split, I would suggest that you keep things just like they are.

The second in line offers a re-queened hive the first brood to hatch in about twenty-six days. Typically, it takes the queen a few days to be released from the shipping cage and then to settle in.

The third in line shows that if you introduce a virgin queen in a queen-less hive, it will take about twenty-nine days before you see any adult bees hatching. This of course depends on weather conditions during the time the queen needs to go on her mating flight. There is a downside to using this method and that being you have no control over what drones the queen will be mating with. When you continue to use your already existing queen or order a new queen from a breeder, you’re more likely to receive/have a queen from the type of stock you order. The breeder will have many hives surrounding their breeder hives. These hives are producing the kind of drones they want their virgin queens to mate with. These drones saturate the drone congregation area that the queen will be flying through making it more likely that she will be mating with the type of drone the breeder wants and you order. The final thought on this method is the time of year it is. Starting in July in the south (Timing is different in other parts of the country) the queen slows down her drone laying activity. This means that there are fewer drones for the queen to mate with as time goes by. If the queen doesn’t get properly mated, she will fail.

The forth in line shows that if you’re using a queen cell to re-queen a hive with, it will take about thirty-two days to see any adult bees hatch out. The downside to this method is the amount of time involved and again the mating process explained above.

The last method mentioned on the list faces the same problems the forth method faces.


Using the existing queen

brood in 21 days with no interruptions

Introducing a mated, laying queen

brood in about 26 days

Using a virgin queen

brood in about 29 days

Queen cells will produce brood

in about 32 days

A queen from brood

takes about 41 days


The list is presented in the most favorable to the least favorable method to use depending on what you’re trying to accomplish and what time of year it is.

Thanks for writing in and I hope that I’ve answered your question.

Enjoy your bees!


Hi Dennis,

I hope all has been well with you.  I just read your July newsletter and it made me feel better about the lack of honey stores in 3 of my 4 hives.  I have never seen so much rain in my life and did not realize the major impact it had on the bees until now.  The swarm I caught did the best and filled two boxes but others are relatively low.  Do you know if southern Texas has much of a goldenrod flow in the fall?

Hello Rick,

Overall, this has been a bad year for both hobbyist and commercial beekeepers with all the rain. There are years that the goldenrod flow is quite good. In those areas where goldenrod is present, it should be a good year because of all the earlier rains. So, if you typically have an abundance of goldenrod where you live, it should be a good one. It's good to hear from you.


Thanks Dennis.  

I forgot to mention, I did my sticky board test this weekend and all looks good.  The swarm which has over two boxes of bees had 3 at most and the other three which have fewer bees had a maximum of 1.  So far of the three others, Costa's Russians (number wise) appear to be doing better than the B-Weaver bees.

Hello Rick,

I told you there was no need to use chemicals of any kind in your hives. All it takes is to have hygienic bees and good management skills.



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