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Beekeeping it’s the bee’s knees

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Jtcmedic, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Mar 17, 2019 at 1:07 PM
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    Jtcmedic

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    any one else out there keeping bees? I’m in my 4th year and have gone from 1 hive to now 13. One of the coolest things I’ve learned. Will be growing my apiary the next couple years.
     
  2. Mar 17, 2019 at 3:23 PM
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    Never got into Beekeeping yet however I had a swarm in one of my trees last summer and gave a local Beekeeper a call to come and get it and let me tell you he was certainly happy with this picking and how smooth it went.

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  3. Mar 17, 2019 at 3:40 PM
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    How does one get into beekeeping? Also how much of your time, day-to-day week-to-week, does this take up? Seems like a badass hobby
     
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  4. Mar 17, 2019 at 3:50 PM
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    I've been keeping bees for the past 6 years. Looks like you are enjoying it! They are fascinating creatures! Still too cold here for them to get out much, but we'll be there pretty soon.
     
  5. Mar 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM
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    I had just wanted to get in to it. I read a couple books and started watching couple YouTube videos dirt rooster and Jp bee man and me ed. Did alot of research and couldn’t make the jump, wife bought me the wood and I built my first hive and then found a keeper that sells bees nearby me and did it. I was very nervous at first, only thing I wish I had done is find a a beekeeper association that was close to me. I will say it can be a costly hobby but very cool, and still learning. I inspect my 13 hives 1 time a week takes about 2 hours if I putter around. During swarm season I go in every 5 days. It is very calming after a hectic shift.
     
  6. Mar 17, 2019 at 4:01 PM
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    Nice swarm
     
  7. Mar 17, 2019 at 4:02 PM
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    I was like this but it is a great hobby and yes you get stung some times but hay that’s life
     
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    That's not bad, i pictured it needing attention daily like watering and weeding a garden but a couple hours a week sounds good. How costly does it get?
     
  9. Mar 17, 2019 at 4:13 PM
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    Yes that is a swarm around a Queen Bee looking for a "new" home there can only be one Queen per hive so it may have been a move out deal
     
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  10. Mar 17, 2019 at 5:01 PM
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    Hive can go for 95-140 bucks but a starter kit to start is $287.90
    https://www.lappesbeesupply.com/10-frame-budget-colony-starter-kit-painted/

    Bee for the hive unless you catch swarms
    Nuc(5 frame of bees and queen $150-200)
    Package (bee and queen 3 pounds $134-217)
    https://www.lappesbeesupply.com/3-lb-package-honey-bees-with-italian-hybrid-queen/
    I bought my first bees then as I learned I split and grew my hives. I’ve lost hive as bees will leave (abscond) but it is Addictive
     
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    I do Mason Bees , does that count ?
     
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  12. Mar 17, 2019 at 5:22 PM
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    Yes that is next or me, actually a better pollinator then honey bee. You keep your bees in the house.
     
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    I use removeable trays and built houses for them , I harvest the cocoons in fall , wash and store them over the winter , put them out and start over again the next spring
     
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    Seen them on the live. Very cool
     
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    Cool hobby
     
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    my wife’s and mine apiary facebook
     
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    Not a bee keeper but we get all our honey from our local university. Well known agriculture univ.
    They have a honey bee research dept thought u might appreciate their info

    http://www.uoguelph.ca/honeybee/
     
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    I watch there stuff all the time good places and great videos
     
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