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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.

If you belong to a beekeeping club and would like me to come teach one of the class topics that are listed on the class page, please have your president contact me. The four hour class would have to be held on a Saturday and there is a fifteen person minimum. Education is key to successful beekeeping management. Thanks

For those of you who can attend the June class, I just posted the "Making Splits" class.

  "Making a split for increase and being successful"

    This class will teach you;

  1. How to select the right hive to split/divide.
  2. How to divide the brood and honey stores for success. 
  3. How to have your split make their own queen.           

How to introduce a new mated queen.


For Sale

2017 Marked Russian Queens-$38.00 each. Five deep frame nuc with laying 2017 Russian queen-$255.00 plus a $25 refundable nuc box deposit.

To receive the nuc box deposit, my original nuc box must be returned clean and within 90 days to 2438 Tangley St. Houston, TX 77005. 

There are many variables in raising bees and they are all in God's hands.  Queens and nucs will be ready when they are ready so please don't nag me on dates.  I do the best I can to provide a product I would want in my yard.  I will advise you when the bees are available.  Tentative timeline is after the Yaupon bloom and before the Tallow bloom. 

Queens and nucs are pick up only and the pick up locations are in Waller, Houston or Galveston, Texas. Full payment required for queen bookings. Nuc bookings require an $85.00 non-refundable deposit that will be applied toward the total nuc purchase price. Make checks payable to E.C. Kouzounis 2438 Tangley St. Houston, TX 77005. If you are interested or need further information, please email me at Kouzounis.


Bee Talk

Hi Dennis. 

Thanks for coming to speak at last week’s meeting of the Walker County Beekeepers.  I always enjoy gaining new insights and perspectives on beekeeping from your presentations.  I’m the guy that asked you the question about why bees weren’t occupying the honey super I recently added to one of my hives.  This past weekend, I noticed that in one of my larger hives, the queen has moved into the top super (medium) and it is full of brood and some honey while the bottom box (deep) is full of bees but has no honey, pollen or brood.  Should I move that deep box to the top and shift everything else down?  What do you suggest?   Bobby Lane

Hello Bobby,

You're welcome. It sounds like you left your honey super on to long after the flow stopped. If it were me, I would find the queen and move her down, then put a queen excluder between the brood box and the honey super. When all of the brood has hatched, I would remove all the bees and pull that medium off. You could then extract the honey. (That is what May's class is about. I hope you can make it.) So, give that a go and I'll bet it will work for you.



Hey Dennis,

I am in east Texas and a member of the East Texas Bee Club in Whitehouse, Texas. I

had one swarm today, caught it into a nuc box with 2 frames of pulled comb, honey and capped honey + a few brood cells. It was full and I left the small entry hole about 1x2 inch so the stragglers could get in

Had vet appointment for 2 horses and came back 1.5 hours later. Nuc box EMPTY!! Hive that I suspected swarmed had 8"x12" swarm on front over entry hanging to the ground


I went to get another empty hive and when I returned 2 hours later the bees were in the hive, not on the front. I know because I looked in the hive (2 deeps & 1super) before going to get a new hive when the swarm was on the front and the super was almost empty. When I looked 2 hours later with swarm gone the super was solid full of bees. Danny

Hello Danny,

It sounds like the queen didn’t leave the original hive with the swarm or the queen left and somehow perished. Without a queen, the bees will return to the hive. If the swarm had a queen, it is unlikely that the swarm would leave brood behind. Check the hive for the marked queen. She may still be in there.



Hi Dennis

I really enjoyed your presentation in Huntsville 4-27-17. I do have a question about the best location for a hive yard, presently my hives are in the sun from roughly10:00 am to 4:00 pm and the area is fairly low near a creek that floods, so for the flood water has not reached the hives, but I worry it could. I do have an area that is several feet higher, but is shaded most of the day with pine trees. I wanted to know what you think about bees being in the shaded area. Our first year we had them in the shad and they seemed to do ok and produce and the honey was good.

Thank you for your time and information. Hal H.

Hello Hal,

It's never a good idea to have the bees in shade full time. You had it right to have the hive in the sun until 3 or 4 o'clock. In Texas the hive spends a lot of time trying to keep cool. It's best to allow the bees to spend their time doing productive activities. Bees don't like being in the shade full time. They seem to become more aggressive and not as healthy. I hope this helps.



Hi Dennis,

We did another inspection on the two hives we were talking to you about Saturday. 

First hive, the one that had no brood at all, which is also the one I told you that I walked 30 to 40 feet away and was attempting to pinch the old queen when she slipped out of my hands, well we did see the new queen we introduced. So we closed that hive up and plan to get it until Saturday and we'll look again for eggs and larva. Second hive, the one we said had multiple queen cells. We did not see the queen, population is good and there is good brood which could be from the old queen still. Found two additional queen cells and no eggs or larva that I could see. So what do you think? Mark

Hello Mark,

Are these queen cells sealed or is there larva inside?


Hey Dennis, they are sealed. Mark

Hello Mark,

That means that there is no queen in the hive. Otherwise, the queen would have destroyed those queen cells. Let those cells hatch out. You will end up with one of those cells being the mother of the hive. If she turns out to produce hygienic bees, keep her. If not, replace her with a hygienic queen. Or, you can order a known hygienic queen from the start and replace that queen. I hope this helps.



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