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".

 If you would like for me to teach a class for your group in your area, contact me at; dennis@lonestarfarms.net  for details.  

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Hello Everyone,

This month there are two days we need to recognize. The first is Columbus Day. Some of you are able to get off work on this day. The other is Boss's day. Now , all of the guy's know who that would be, so pay special attention to your wife or sweetheart on October 16.

I'm frequently asked about what color bees can see, so I'm posting that information for you here.

What color do the bees see when we see a color?

We see                             Bees see                            In sunlight  (UV rays)

Red                                    Black                                  Purple

Orange                              Yellow/Green                   Same

Yellow                                Yellow/Green                  Purple

Green                                 Green                                Same

Blue                                    Blue                                   Violet

Violet                                 Blue                                   Blue

White                                 Blue/Green                      Same

Black                                   Black                                 Same

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Bee Talk

Dennis,

Howdy!  I attended the BV Beeks club meeting that you spoke at a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed your presentation.  A couple of weeks ago I got your book, Beekeeping: A Personal Journey, from a fellow club member.  The book is excellent!  Easy to read and informative...  Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it and what an impact it had on me as a new beekeeper!  I’m hoping to make it to one of your classes soon. Cat Herrin, Bryan, TX 

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This article was sent in by member Cost Kouzounis.

http://thermosolarhive.com/en/homepage/

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Hi Dennis,

Nick and I thank you and your wife for having us last Saturday for an exciting discussion on beekeeping. Needless to say, Nick thought the cookies were great!

We started reading one of your books (Personal Journey)– we are really enjoying it.

We are wondering where we should purchase our bees from in the spring.  What do you think of……..? They claim to be chemical free.

Nick and Gonzalo Rivera

Hello Gonzalo,

I’m glad you guys enjoyed both the class and my book; Beekeeping: A Personal Journey. It was good to see your son (13) so interested in honey bees. It’s those few youngsters who will be taking the place of old farts like me. I hope he sticks with it.

That company actually quit treating their hives back in 2002. And until about four years ago, they had a pretty good product. Then they started to purchase bees from friends of theirs who live in Florida. Their product took a downward trend. Their nucs are not as good as they used to be when they produced them themselves. (And their price doubled.) We talked about them in Saturday's class. If I were you, I would purchase your bees from Costa who will be advertising starting in January. I always post his information in our January club newsletter. If you’re not a member of our chemical free club yet, but intend to raise your bees without using chemicals, you can go ahead and join our club now. It's free. Just go to the JOIN page and fill out the form. I periodically send out bee related information to the members and if you’re not on the member email, you won't receive it. I hope this helps.

Do you think you could try feeding your son before you bring him back for the next class? Ha! I’ll see you guy’s next class.

Dennis

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Hi Dennis,

Do you sell supplies and if not not, where to buy them?  I've just finished your Q&A book (and started the Personal Journey book . . . ) and am wondering where to get the screen bottom boards you mention.

Second question:  I purchased my original supplies and nuc from R. Weaver in Navasota.  The frames are those plastic foundation things.  I've never had the bees build any surplus honey on those plastic frames and they don't even seem to want to expand horizontally onto those frames.  It is almost like they'll use them if they have to but they don't thrive on them.  Is there anyway of salvaging my hive and somehow moving them off of the plastic onto wax foundation?  I'll never buy any more of the stuff but I can't think of way to get rid of what they're already using.

Last question:  has the extremely dry summer (I've had a total of 1" of rain since the first week of June) resulted in a minimal fall honey flow?  I checked the hive on Saturday and there was a lot of activity in the honey super but not one drop of honey.  In fact, it looked to me like the vast majority of the 2nd brood box was being used for honey with hardly any brood showing.  I have wax foundation in the honey super - not the plastic stuff.

Sorry to miss your classes.  I was able to sign up for classes on October 10th through the Brazos Valley Beekeeper club.  Hopefully I can get plugged in and learn how to manage my bees well. Regards,  Jim

Hello Jim,

I'm sorry you haven't been able to make it to my classes. These questions are all answered in my teachings. I don't sell bee supplies but teach you in the beginners beekeeping class where to purchase each item even what to buy and what not to buy. It would take several pages to go over each item in an email. I purchase certain items from specific companies because their quality is different between the companies. I never advocate purchasing any type of plastic for the hive. You are wise to move away from that. I purchase my screen bottoms from Kelley cat # 57-A.

R-Weaver is a huge advocate of using chemicals in the hive. You should seek out those breeders who stay away from dumping chemicals in their hive. Even if you don't use chemicals, when you purchase bees that have been raised with chemicals, they are almost always too weak to live without them. Typically, the queen will be superseded within a year because of poor performance. Their immune system is destroyed by the chemicals. It's not necessary to use chemicals. The key is to purchase bees from a breeder who raises hygienic bees. Another problem you have when you purchase bees from a chemical user is all the frames of wax you've purchased from them is saturated with the chemicals and will continue to weaken the bees long after that generation dies off and the new generations take over. Not to mention the pollution that takes place to any honey that is stored in those combs.

Because of the lack of rain fall in our area, there will most likely be zero fall nectar plants this year for the bees to work. Everyone will probably need to feed their bees in order to get their bees through the coming winter months.

It sounds like you are currently running two brood boxes and a honey super with foundation. If this is the case and the two brood boxes are not completely filled, you need to remove the honey super. You should not put a honey super on until the bees have completely filled their two boxes first. You will read this in my book "Beekeeping: A Personal Journey" in which you are just starting to read. The bees will "MINE" the wax from the foundation and use that wax in other areas of the hive. I would doubt that you will need that honey super this year because of the drought. Save it for next year. We never want to provide more room in the hive than the bees can take care of.

I hope this helps.

Dennis

Hey Dennis,

I really appreciate your willingness to coach us newbies . . . I'm still trying to figure out how to get rid of the plastic foundation stuff. In hindsight, I didn't get off to a very good start.  Jim

Hello Jim,

First, you should remove the honey super. Then if you still have two brood boxes, around the first of March the bottom box should be empty because the bees move up for winter. Remove the empty bottom box. Now you have one brood box with bees. Start feeding them and as soon as they have all their frames filled up, you can add the second brood box that now has no plastic. (Do this in March at this point because it is late in the season. The bees will winter OK here in Texas in one brood box.) As the spring season moves forward, during your hive inspections, pull any plastic frame out that may come empty. It will usually be the side frames that go empty first. Replace them with wax foundation. If there is no honey flow going on, continue to feed (According to my book.) until all the foundation in the hive has been drawn out. Do not add a honey super until all the frames have been drawn out. Do not add a honey super until there is a honey flow going on. (According to my book.)

Try to make some of the classes so you can eliminate some of your mistakes and make a honey surplus which will help pay you back for all your expenses.

Dennis

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Hey Dennis,

I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed the class today.  All the attendees were a lot of fun too and it was nice to hear what all they are doing.  Looking forward to the October class for multiple reasons but it sounds like that the group today will also be attending and that will be fun. As always, thanks for making these classes available. Cheers, Gena'

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