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For those of you who live within fifty miles of Lone Star Farms, take advantage of "Lone Star Farms Apiary Inspection Service." Contact Dennis for details.

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Hello Everyone,

Just a reminder that this month we celebrate "Mother's Day" and honor our fallen military comrades on "Memorial Day."

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Bee Talk

Hi Dennis,

Does eating honey really help someone that has allergies? Paula B.

Hello Paula,

That is a great question. This question requires some “if’s” and “but’s” in order to get to the true answer. First, it depends on where you purchase your jar of honey. Most grocery stores sell honey that was obtained from a honey wholesaler. Most honey wholesalers will use a process called “Ultra-filtration” when processing the honey. What that means is,the honey will be processed through a very fine material which will remove all of the beneficial qualities of honey. What you end up with is nothing more than sugar water. Some stores will sell “raw” honey. True raw honey has never gone through the “Ultra-filtration” process.

If you want honey that will help you to develop antibodies in your body to aid in fighting allergies, then you should find “raw” honey that has been produced in your area.  (Local honey) The honey needs to have pollen particles in it from the plant you have allergies toward. Without those specific pollen particles in the honey, you will not be able to develop immunity to that specific plant. So, if these conditions are met, the answer would be yes.

I hope this helps,

Dennis

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Hi Dennis,

I think my hive is queen less now, no sign of egg larva now. I reversed hive in March and saw brood and larva and hatched queen cells as well as unhatched queen cell which I destroyed ugh, but didn't visually locate queen.  From what I see queens are sold out until mid may, any suggestions how to proceed, I am worried about losing my hive. Thanks for any info. James Flint

Hey James,

You need to figure out exactly what's going on in the hive. Go back in and look for any signs of eggs. You probably shouldn't have destroyed those rip queen cells. If you don't have a queen, they could have used one of those. If you have a queen present and try to introduce a new one, they will kill the new one. Knowing what's going on inside the hive is crucial to making the right decisions. I can't give you exact instructions without knowing everything. Just reversing the two boxes does nothing to help reducing crowding. Try to find out more information by working the hive again.

Dennis

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Hi Dennis, 

I went into hive last Saturday and today and definitely no eggs, 1/2 of one side of two frames have unhatched brood. There are 3 unhatched queen cells and lots of empty cells in bottom broad box. Top brood box is honey and empty cells. No queens are available online until June. Can you let me know what is best way to proceed at this point? Hive has very low bee count I'm afraid I may lose it. Thanks, James

Hello James,

You need to leave the three queen cells alone. They need to hatch so you’ll have a queen. Take all the honey and brood; place it in the bottom brood box. Then, remove the top box. You never want to provide more room than the bees can take care of. Reduce the entrance down to 2 inches. Hopefully, the hive will be able to recover. I would recommend replacing the newly hatched queen with a more hygienic queen when you can get a hold of one.

Dennis

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Dennis,

I want to thank you for the great class this morning. I learned a lot and realize I need to make some changes. Nini Hodges.

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Hey Dennis,

Are you familiar with Certified Naturally Grown? Ralph

Hello Ralph, 

Yes, I am familiar with that program. Actually I know someone involved in it. Unfortunately for the program, this beekeeper filled out all the appropriate paperwork knowing that they put chemicals into their hives and got accepted. Now he is a “Certified Naturally Grown” beekeeper. The honor system doesn't work properly when there are dishonest people around. Besides, there is no such thing as Organic honey in this country. The FDA does not have standards for Organic honey because bees cannot be contained to specific locations. Thanks for the question.

Dennis

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Hi Dennis,

I have a question about feeding my bees honey from another hive. I was given a bag of honey from a swarm taken at the Goodyear Plant in Beaumont, Texas. The honey is very dark and I left it outside in a plastic bag. We captured a honeybee swarm last month and they have been doing fine. I hated to waste the dark honey and thought about feeding it in a zip lock bag to my bees. Do you think this would be okay? Pete Barnes

Hello Pete,

You should never feed unknown honey to your bees. Most bee diseases are spread by honey and by comb. You should probably bury that bag of honey so that bees will not have access to it. Feed a two part sugar to one part water mix if you need to feed your bees or feed them honey from your own hives.

Dennis

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