Buy a nuc. In the spring time they will grow real fast and will produce honey that same year. Most beekeepers sell of their black disgusting frames. Buy new and you won't regret.
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Where in Texas are you? I'm in N. Calif, zone 7a, and my bees are all tucked in for the winter, have been for about a month now. You may want to see if you can find a keeper in your area, or try: Beesource.com and ask there. Here it's winter time, and, hopefully they don't have any brood. Just because you can't find your queen doesn't mean she isn't there. Don't panic and go disturbing them too much.