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Convince me not to give up bee keeping

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    Re: Convince me not to give up bee keeping


    my bees died in the hive sometime last December, they still had plenty of honey, so they didn't starve, we spun about 8 gallons they left before they died. Not sure why, when we opened the hive this spring, we just found a pile of dead bees.

    fast forward to today, apparently a swarm has taken residence in one of my hives, gonna open it up in the next couple days to look for a queen, and straighten out the frames & supers, they are taking residence in the hive that is haphazardly stacked, not my other 2 that are ready for bees

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    Re: Convince me not to give up bee keeping

    I've been waiting for 2 years for a swarm to move into my hives, they have been empty for that long. Sometimes you get lucky, hopefully it works out for you.

    A coworker cought a swarm about a month ago and asked if he could bring in to my house to get established. 3 weeks later he wanted to take it back to his house, but offered to split it and leave half the bees here. I cleaned out 1 of my hives, he pulled a queen out of one of his hives, and we split them last week. Hoping they get established soon as the sweet pepperbush is just starting to flower, so lots of nectar in my area

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    Re: Convince me not to give up bee keeping

    elderberry bloom, is just getting over in my area, joe pye weed, milkweed, coming up, and other wildflowers, my rock garden starts blooming soon as well, not sure what the little yellow flowers are, but I got a lot of weeds flowering in my garden, I left it idle.

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    Re: Convince me not to give up bee keeping

    ack! no bees, what I saw the other day were a ton of bees stripping the remaining honey from the frames we spun, somebodies hive got a small boost

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    Ah that's too bad. I waited two years for a swarm to take over one of my two empty hives with no luck. I don't think I'm going to bother down here in FL,

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    Re: Convince me not to give up bee keeping

    Just picked up 2 new bee packages and 1 new hive. I went with the Saskatraz bees this time, from what I’ve read they are more resistant to most diseases and mites.

    There are a lot of neighborhood bees around this year, within a half hour of coming home with them, the back of my truck was like a swarm of very aggressive bees.

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    Re: Convince me not to give up bee keeping

    I have 2 packages of Carniolan bees arriving for pickup on May 22

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    Saw a bunch of bees working sunflowers at a farm stand here over the weekend. Kind of bummed me out, but then yesterday I was working on some stuff outside in the sun and remembered what it was like inspecting the hives in the suit on a hot summer day and.. I'm good. Honey is cheap.

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    Re: Convince me not to give up bee keeping

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcrew View Post
    Saw a bunch of bees working sunflowers at a farm stand here over the weekend. Kind of bummed me out, but then yesterday I was working on some stuff outside in the sun and remembered what it was like inspecting the hives in the suit on a hot summer day and.. I'm good. Honey is cheap.
    I keep bees for pollination, honey is only a secondary benefit, or maybe tertiary, we steal their wax as well

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    Re: Convince me not to give up bee keeping

    I got 2 packages of bees coming on the 22nd, and only one hive ready to go. (Top Bar hive) For Hive # 2 we were planning a conventional Langstroth hive, I think we can scab something together for the if we have to. We just discovered our local beekeeping supplier, is no longer in business, and we were planning on new woodenware. Maybe I will add a table saw to my woodworking tools, and give my old AMF Dewalt radial arm saw a tuneup. We want to stick with 8 frame supers, we're old farts, and just 2 frames of honey makes a big difference weight wise, as it is, I'm gonna make a step stool that I leave next to the hive, so that shoulder high work becomes waist high work

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    Re: Convince me not to give up bee keeping

    I'm a beekeeper again. Easiest installation I have ever had, bees poured out and only had to whap the box couple times to get em all loose, for both packages, didn't bother with gloves, or even long pants & shirt, the only thing I wore was my bee hat


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    I went with the Saskatraz bees this time, from what I’ve read they are more resistant to most diseases and mites.
    never heard of Saskatraz variety, I tried Russian bees one year, same thing, suppose to be more hygienic, and hardier for northern climates, with the drawback that they swarm more often, and are more aggressive, and they did swarm on me and left a colony that had an unfertilized queen due to how late in the season it was, they had already kicked the drones out

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    Re: Convince me not to give up bee keeping

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    I'm a beekeeper again. Easiest installation I have ever had, bees poured out and only had to whap the box couple times to get em all loose, for both packages, didn't bother with gloves, or even long pants & shirt, the only thing I wore was my bee hat




    never heard of Saskatraz variety, I tried Russian bees one year, same thing, suppose to be more hygienic, and hardier for northern climates, with the drawback that they swarm more often, and are more aggressive, and they did swarm on me and left a colony that had an unfertilized queen due to how late in the season it was, they had already kicked the drones out
    The Saskatraz bees are VERY aggressive around their have, but donít bother me or the dogs when out in the yard. Iíve opened both my hives up twice already, and Iím glad I had no exposed skin. I used to be able to do a quick inspection with the Italians without using smoke, and just having the bee hat on. I get attacked instantly with th these as soon as I pull the roof off.

    They also already had the queen released when I went in 3 days after install, which doesnít sound unusual except there was a wooden plug in the queen cage rather than the candy plug

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    I just went into my hives for the 3 day check to see if the queens are out, the queen was out in the top bar hive and bees had already made 3 good sized half rounds of honeycomb. In the Langstroth hive, the queen wasn't quite out but most of the candy was gone, give em another hour. I've seen bees from both hives bringing in pollen

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    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    Just picked up 2 new bee packages and 1 new hive. I went with the Saskatraz bees this time, from what I’ve read they are more resistant to most diseases and mites.

    There are a lot of neighborhood bees around this year, within a half hour of coming home with them, the back of my truck was like a swarm of very aggressive bees.

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    I'm gonna end up making some of my own woodenware, the place I used to go to in Lebanon ME, has closed another nearby place only sells 10 frame supers not 8

    the woodshop work I have been doing making my shop bench has been enjoyable, and dealing with septic system clients, not so much, I have half a mind to buy a sawmill, planer, etc, and go into the business of making beekeeping woodenware

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    I'm gonna end up making some of my own woodenware, the place I used to go to in Lebanon ME, has closed another nearby place only sells 10 frame supers not 8

    the woodshop work I have been doing making my shop bench has been enjoyable, and dealing with septic system clients, not so much, I have half a mind to buy a sawmill, planer, etc, and go into the business of making beekeeping woodenware
    I like the idea and would be a fun hobby/money generator. I'm still considering a sawmill, I really like the wood mizer with the 36" cut capacity. And the planer I'd go with the 24" commercial grade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    I like the idea and would be a fun hobby/money generator. I'm still considering a sawmill, I really like the wood mizer with the 36" cut capacity. And the planer I'd go with the 24" commercial grade.
    the size of my trees, I'd also get 36" capacity, and at least extensions to 24', I've quickly looked at commercial planers, and the electricity required, makes me consider an electric mill as well, and a good size diesel 3phase generator to power everything

    I've watched WoodMizers in operation, I have a friend in Conway with a Thomas mill I plan on paying him a visit for a day of sawing, and a friend in town that has a Turner hydraulic model

    what steers me away from woodmizer, I have heard many consumables are proprietary, and ya gotta go back to woodmizer, Thomas & Turner use generic consumables, get em thru yer local NAPA

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    Re: Convince me not to give up bee keeping

    Was walking my dog when my wife pointed out a branch that broke and apparently had a bee colony in it. I took a lot and sure enough she was right. Few small chunks of capped brood on the ground, some bees salvaging what they can, a bunch of bees up on the branch (not swarming, just not "in" the hive since it's exposed now). Managed to salvage a chunk of capped honey for myself.

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    Re: Convince me not to give up bee keeping

    I have been delinquent in doing beekeeping chores, finally got to them today, I had a mess, I think it will strain out to be a gallon or more of honey, the top bar hive was much easier, just had to slide the divider over and add more top bars, my Langstroth hive, I added a short super, all I had on hand, I will add another deep soon

    I think this will be a productive season

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