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  • Not Your Same Ol' Sugar Brick

    Not Your Same Ol' Sugar Brick

    There’s been a LOT of discussion on social media about using sugar bricks, sugar cakes and “soft” sugar bricks to feed bees during the winter. Sugar brick feeding is a main stay for northern beekeepers due to extended winter months and the inability to open hives due to cold and snow. 

    Southern states don’t typically have winters this extreme, therefore this method of feeding hasn’t been on beekeepers’ radar. However, it’s not just about extreme winters.

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  • Heating Honey

    Heating Honey

    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly By: Kellie Lynn Jensen Honey is not only delicious but is packed full of wonderful things that are beneficial to our health and well being such as antioxidants, vitamins, probiotics, amino acids, minerals,...

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  • Preparing Honey for a Show

    Preparing Honey for a Show

    By: Dodie Stillman Dodie Stillman and Ann Harmon 2019  TBA Convention - San Antonio  After 2020 preventing an in-person convention, TBA is very excited to host the 2021 Texas Beekeepers Association “in person” Convention at Moody Gardens – Galveston, TX....

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  • Queenless in Late Fall

    Queenless in Late Fall

    By: Blake Shook It goes without saying, there’s never a good time to be queenless - but late fall or winter is the worst time! Suppliers are no longer offering queens and let’s face it – drones are all but...

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  • Fall Management

    Fall Management

    We made it! Fall is officially here – Pumpkin flavored “everything” is the buzz word of the season! If you haven’t pulled out the snow boots and over-sized coats yet, you are behind the times (wink–wink)! Fortunately…VERY fortunately, we don’t...

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  • The Great Wax Moth Invasion!

    The Great Wax Moth Invasion!

    By: Dodie Stillman, Master Beekeeper Austin Area Beekeepers Association, President      Texas Beekeepers Association, Board of Directors Wolf Moon, Snow Moon; did you know that the full moon in March is referred to as the Worm Moon? I love the full...

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  • Drifting

    Drifting

    By: Scott Souders Wait - This isn't my House! In all the places I have lived, it seems there is always one house somewhere nearby with way too many people living there. Neighbors probably thought the same about my house...

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  • DIY Solar Wax Melter

    DIY Solar Wax Melter

                                       By: Michael Kelling -                             President Central Texas Beekeepers Association Michael owns approximately 100 hives that he uses mainly to provide...

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  • The Great Drone Dump!

    The Great Drone Dump!

    BY - JAMES ELAM It’s fall! You’ve been looking forward to this time of year, unless you’re a drone honey bee. As beekeepers, we soon will be witness to “The Great Drone Dump” to occur at the entrance of our...

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  • Hive Forensics

    Hive Forensics

    By: CHARI ELAM Or maybe better titled - "What in the world happened to my hive?" I first wrote a version of this article last year about this time and received very good feedback from a lot of beekeepers! Turns out,...

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  • Record Keeping

    Record Keeping

    Whether you have 1 hive or 10,000 hives, keeping up with what you’ve done, what you need to do and when it needs to be done can be daunting. The topic of record keeping for beekeepers has long been a...

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  • Diagnosing Hive Death

    Diagnosing Hive Death

    The following is a broad overview of conditions and causes most commonly found in backyard beekeeper “dead outs.” Some of these conditions are “seasonal” but so many of them could be in any season throughout the year. Condition: Dead bees head...

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  • Chilled Brood

    Chilled Brood

    What is chilled brood? Like other beekeeping terms – the name describes the condition. When a beekeeper opens the hive to inspect, check the queen, or just to look, it prevents the nurse bees from clustering on the frame potentially...

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  • The Great Drone Dump!

    The Great Drone Dump!

    BY - JAMES ELAM It’s fall! You’ve been looking forward to this time of year, unless you’re a drone honey bee. As beekeepers, we soon will be witness to “The Great Drone Dump” to occur at the entrance of our...

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