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Beekeeping it’s the bee’s knees

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

  1. Feb 11, 2021 at 4:49 PM
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    Rupp1

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    While I'm not a beekeeper, one of my childhood friends is. And he is INTO it! :thumbsup:
    Can't wait for some of this year's honey.

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  2. Feb 11, 2021 at 4:51 PM
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    thx cleaned the doors after the big storm and gave a knock and both hives buzzed. Snowed another ~10 inches since then so im not motivated to swim to the hives to check on them now lol
     
  3. Feb 11, 2021 at 5:03 PM
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    Here the pod cast http://www.bkcorner.org/
    I listen to them when I walk At work or mow
     
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  4. Feb 18, 2021 at 7:26 AM
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  5. Feb 18, 2021 at 8:21 AM
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    Read every thing and get some more equipment 2 can turn in to 4 quick, and lead to 25:anonymous: I love them. Such a great hobby
     
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  6. Feb 18, 2021 at 8:34 AM
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    LOL that's what I'm finding out. I'm going with the two starter hive kits from my local shop.
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    Seems like everything i'll need for the hives. Anything you would change or add?
     
  7. Feb 18, 2021 at 2:55 PM
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    Maybe a couple solid bottom boards then cut a couple vent slots in them for winter depending on what people in your area use, some kind of in hive feeder or top cover you can put a jar of sugar water upside down in is nice to have. Something to put the hive on to get em up off the ground a bit like cinder blocks, a couple old pallets, make a stand out of 2x4s. Look into fencing if you got bears and raccoons. You got tools too? I'm assuming yes but if not a bee brush, a few hive tool/scrapers - i like to have a few, at least one for dirty and one for neat stuff so i'm not using the same one to scrape mold n bee shits out of the bottom board and on the clean brood and honey frames, j-hook ones r cool. A frame holder or something to set frames down on or leaning against while inspecting the hive, it's a pain having thousands of bees stuck in the grass. Nice to have a few of the cheapo hats with the veil and a bottle of windex / sting relief stuff in case friends and family want to get a closer look or someone you have over is severely allergic to avoid stings around their face/neck. Even most of that stuff is easy enough to acquire as you go. Other than that i agree with jtc read up and get as much info as you can, google every term you see, but at the same time learn to take it easy it's a bit of a learning curve at first. Welcome to the club hope you enjoy it!
     
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  8. Feb 18, 2021 at 3:27 PM
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    Thanks! I will definitely will be frequenting this thread with lots of questions haha. I appreciate the info, and will definitely look into the stuff you mention!
     
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  9. Feb 18, 2021 at 4:58 PM
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    Miller bee supply
    https://millerbeesupply.com/
    great wooden ware
     
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  10. Feb 18, 2021 at 4:59 PM
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    And pic one box deep or medium and stick with it. I am doing all deeps this year
     
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  11. Feb 18, 2021 at 5:10 PM
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    The beekeeping reddit is decent to look at here and there too. Gives a bit of good realtime insight of what others in your area or other places in similar zones are dealing with and input on fixes to problems and things like that, moves a lot faster than here too but we'll be here
     
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  12. Feb 18, 2021 at 6:41 PM
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    The way I keep bees is way different one zip code away, try and find a local that keeps bees or a group local. None here so sad
     
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  13. Feb 18, 2021 at 11:42 PM
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    I'm starting this year as well and just ordered 2 nucs. All courses here have been canceled so relying on a friend, and YouTube...check out Kamon Reynolds and Canadian Beekeeper Blog.
    This has been a good read too
    https://www.amazon.ca/Backyard-Beekeeper-4th-Absolute-Beginners/dp/1631593323

    And of course this thread
     
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  14. Feb 19, 2021 at 3:37 AM
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    If you make a mistake with bees, let the bees bee they can fix them selves
     
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    Good tip, I'll check it out!

    The guy at the shop said the exact same thing. I'm barley into the book I referenced earlier and its amazing what these bee's could do.
     
  16. Feb 21, 2021 at 12:49 PM
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    At splits from the 9th with my overwinterrd queens

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  17. Feb 21, 2021 at 12:50 PM
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    3 new frames already drawn out may keep splitting to grow
     
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    Awe damn. Looks like I have a new hobby!
    Worked an apiary two years in high school. A few years prior to that I would help the rebuild and new box build every spring. Lots of scraping mold and crap.
    Seeing this thread, I have to put what I learned into action. There's a lot of keepers near me so should be easy to get Rollin.
     
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    I was getting worried that mine had been winter killed; last couple of sunny days I hadn't seen any fliers. But we hit 34 and sunny yesterday and I had a regular swarm. :woot:

    And then I saw all of the 'used pollen' dots all over my truck :censored:
     
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  20. Feb 22, 2021 at 2:57 PM
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    How much snow do you have?
     
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