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Beekeeping ?+?-

Postby Cutitdead » Thu May 25, 2006 2:13 pm

Anyone out there keep bees? IF so what are the ups and downs of it. My wife and I are looking at buying a hive and a colony/queen, just to have and add to our farm, and maybe get some honey out of it as well.

Any comments would be appreciated.
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu May 25, 2006 3:02 pm

Bees are very hard to keep there is even a shortage of honey bees and people are having to switch to methodes that encourage natural polination by native bees. Honey bees are an exotic species not native to the US.

http://www.wtvynews4.com/home/headlines/2821081.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... ybees.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... _bees.html
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Postby pat » Thu May 25, 2006 6:27 pm

Liz raises bees

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Postby Cutitdead » Tue May 30, 2006 11:34 am

Well as of Saturday we have 13000 new pets (kind-of). We went to Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, they had there last shipment of bees coming up from Wilbanks Apiaries in GA. So we bought a starter hive, and a 3 lb package of bees with a queen clipped and marked (wings clipped, and blue dot on her back so you can find her easily). So far it has really been exicting. Our kids loved the trip and the demonstrations.

Cool website has some slide shows from Wilbanks Apiaries.

http://www.beeequipment.com/slideshows.asp
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Postby pat » Tue May 30, 2006 10:41 pm

cutidead,

if bees is what you wanted, then why not :)

I personally wouldn't want them.. but, everyone is different..

let me know how you make out with them..
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Postby prk22 » Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:53 pm

Wow- I would have never given this idea a thought if it were not for this message board. Makes me think of what all I might have one day on my 'zebra farm'- lol.

Seriously though- is there an update?

And how do they keep 3 lbs of bees in a bag???
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Postby Kastrophee » Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:04 pm

pat wrote:cutidead,

if bees is what you wanted, then why not :)

I personally wouldn't want them.. but, everyone is different..

let me know how you make out with them..


I am sure your bears would want bees. ;)
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Postby wadifahtook » Sun May 13, 2012 5:00 pm

There are a ton of great beekeeping books and forums out there! I'll try to dig up the title of one from our local library that promoted natural methods (ie. not stuffing them full of high fructose corn syrup...) in case you want to go that route. Would like to get some hives set up ourselves when move. Many advise to try to shadow of one with experience if at all possible. Quite a few steps that must be done throughout the year.
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Postby BB » Sun May 13, 2012 6:38 pm

I know this post is from 2006, but I'd be interested too how you went with your bees, Cutitdead.

When I was a kid, my uncle had bees, real professional set up. I was never too keen to get interested in it as the bees just loooved stinging me. :roll:
My partner too had bees when he was a teenager, he said although there is a bit of work involved, it is quite enjoyable to have bees. I always ask him if we could have bees, but we are just a little to busy to have them right now.
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Postby caninesrock » Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:25 am

I always wondered what bee-keeping would be like. I think it would be super fun. The few bees I've seen have seemed pretty docile too. As long as you don't agitate them, they don't seem to sting.

There's was also a story of a lady on the news that had bees on her bike and bee-keepers came and got the bees off of her bike with nothing but bare hands and plastic cups to collect them in and no one got stung.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/woman ... ed-in-bees

There was college that I thought about going to briefly until I saw the price that had a bee-keeping club and was seriously considering joining it if I went to that college, but I can't afford $50,000 a year, you know, which kinda sucks because it seemed like a super awesome college that had both the degree I wanted and tons of cool animal-related clubs.

The college was Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pa.

I found it in this article:
http://www.greatvaluecolleges.net/25-gr ... al-lovers/
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Postby Ash » Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:44 pm

My uncle keeps bees--but unfortunately he's the uncle that lives farthest away. But I've wanted to raise bees, so I ask him questions off and on about keeping them.

Since we live smack dab in the middle of orchards now, there are many beekeepers in our area who loan their bees out to the farmers. The bees are "tame" and non-aggressive. We get quite a few of them passing through our yard during the summertime. You can find lots of great info online about keeping bees as well and build up an online network of beekeepers.
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