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Re: Bee Rustlers

Post by hurleyjd » Mon May 06, 2019 2:24 pm

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hurleyjd, you had asked about midnight's. AI is the best option for bringing them back. They're an F1 carni caucasion cross. There's still plenty of carnis but there's only one source of pure caucasions left and only one source for caucasion F1's.
My father started raising watermelons in the dearly fifties on a commercial basis. At that time there were a lot of wild bees. You could walk through the field when the melons were blooming and you could actual hear the bees working the melon blooms. There was one man in the community that had bees. He would come to the watermelon field and sprinkle a little flour on a bee and watch it take off with its load of pollen and nectar. Direction and timing of the return would give him a clue as where to look for the bee tree. The trees were cut to remove the comb and no attempt to save the bees. Cotton blossom honey was popular in the black land Mr. Grizzle collected and sold a lot of it. Any way I really appreciate your education on bees on this forum. Did you have bees in California before your move.There is not much here in East Texas to support bees. Not much vegetable farming. You cannot make mush honey with bahia and bermuda. So just on keeping beeeeing who you are.



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Re: Bee Rustlers

Post by greybeard » Mon May 06, 2019 2:41 pm

hurleyjd wrote:
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There is not much here in East Texas to support bees. Not much vegetable farming. You cannot make mush honey with bahia and bermuda. So just on keeping beeeeing who you are.
Lots of bees here for the spring/early summer chinese tallow blossoms in June and early July.
B-i-l had about 60 boxes down on a point of land sticking out into Black Duck Bay as far back as the mid 60s specifically for the tallow flow but he lost most of his bees when the mite thing first came about and he had to destroy so many colonies he just got out of the business about 3 years later.

There is a lot of opposition within beekeeping associations to chinese tallow eradication programs. They love tallow but the rest of us hate 'em. They can plant 'em in their own dam yards and pastures...

Kinda like goat weed. I hate it, but the dove hunters love 'em.
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Re: Bee Rustlers

Post by cow pollinater » Mon May 06, 2019 5:07 pm

hurleyjd wrote:
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Did you have bees in California before your move.There is not much here in East Texas to support bees. Not much vegetable farming. You cannot make mush honey with bahia and bermuda. So just on keeping beeeeing who you are.
Yes. I've had them for around fifteen years. I've run up to a hundred but average is probably twenty as I've sold out a few times. I farmed almonds in CA along with a few other crops including citrus. Bees were a natural progression.
You'd be surprised at what they can use. East Texas is actually kind of a bee stronghold. Lot's of hives go from there to the almonds.

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Re: Bee Rustlers

Post by hurleyjd » Mon May 06, 2019 7:58 pm

Bee Keepers Association hives destroyed in Texas by vandals. I have no idea how tp post the picture with it.

https://www.kwch.com/content/news/Texas ... 29981.html

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Re: Bee Rustlers

Post by hurleyjd » Mon May 06, 2019 8:01 pm

cow pollinater wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 5:07 pm
hurleyjd wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 2:24 pm
Did you have bees in California before your move.There is not much here in East Texas to support bees. Not much vegetable farming. You cannot make mush honey with bahia and bermuda. So just on keeping beeeeing who you are.
Yes. I've had them for around fifteen years. I've run up to a hundred but average is probably twenty as I've sold out a few times. I farmed almonds in CA along with a few other crops including citrus. Bees were a natural progression.
You'd be surprised at what they can use. East Texas is actually kind of a bee stronghold. Lot's of hives go from there to the almonds.
I have about thirty five acres of Persian clover in full bloom and have not seen any bees this year and only very few last year. Also the same with the crimson clover

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Re: Bee Rustlers

Post by greybeard » Tue May 07, 2019 10:06 am

My now deceased uncle raised almonds in or near Mountain View Calif for years. Evidently did pretty good at it as it was his primary source of income as far as I know, tho he did also dabble in digging for gold, but I think that was some kind of expensive hobby rather than an occupation.
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Re: Bee Rustlers

Post by Caustic Burno » Tue May 07, 2019 3:05 pm

cow pollinater wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 5:07 pm
hurleyjd wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 2:24 pm
Did you have bees in California before your move.There is not much here in East Texas to support bees. Not much vegetable farming. You cannot make mush honey with bahia and bermuda. So just on keeping beeeeing who you are.
Yes. I've had them for around fifteen years. I've run up to a hundred but average is probably twenty as I've sold out a few times. I farmed almonds in CA along with a few other crops including citrus. Bees were a natural progression.
You'd be surprised at what they can use. East Texas is actually kind of a bee stronghold. Lot's of hives go from there to the almonds.
Lots of bees trucked in here every winter.
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