Bee keeping

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by SB21, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Are there any posts on here about bee keeping ?? I'm sure there has to bee,,lol,,,,but with my limited 'puter experience,,,I've not been able to find anything. I'm going to start gathering my starter kit for the springtime bee season. Im going to build the shelter for my hives to sit under. I'll probably pick up a beginners guide for bee keeping soon , but I like hearing personal tips and tricks from the masters. If you were a beginner , would you start out with more than 1 hive ?? What kind of spacing should you have between hives ?? Do you have any recommendations for a better than normal hive startup kit ?? I've seen those hives that somehow drain automatically into your jars in the hive , are these worth messing with ?? Just looking for a few tips,,,thanks,,
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  2. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    If you use or search the tag system, you can find all sorts of things.
    Now that I tagged your thread, you can see similar threads attached below. :)
  3. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Oh wow,,,,your a 'puter genius,,,,thanks ,,,that'll keep me busy.
  4. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Just a knuckle dragger here.... but you are welcome. [stacked][stacked][stacked][treecutter]
  5. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    See if you can partner with some who knows what they are doing for the first couple of years while you learn. That's what I'm doing with the queen bee next door. I provide the money, she teaches me how and we split the honey. She makes her's into creamed honey and it sells for $6 a half cup at the farmers market she attends. It's a win-win for both of us.
  6. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    If you can find an old copy of Roots "ABCs and XYZs of Beekeeping " I would suggest perusing it. Lots of good, although dated material for the novice and advanced.
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  7. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Thanks for all of your help,,,,Asia off Grid sent me plenty of info . It'll probably keep me busy for a while. I guess I'll let y'all know how things are going next year .
  8. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Pirate Biker

    Yes, also check on youtube, so many different beekeeping videos on there, you'll never have time to watch 'em all.

    I've had bees a while, lost them last winter but got a new start this spring. I've also found books online about beekeeping plus try your state ag extension service and any local beekeeper clubs for local help. Someone on those might even get you started with a swarm - free bees - as I think of them, although they cost someone somewhere the loss of some bees.
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  9. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator

    This is a good idea. Plus check and see if there are local classes. I know one of our monkeys took a bee keeping class. The good thing about connecting with locals people is they usually know the local issues you may have with beekeeping.
  10. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    I will be doing this. There is a Bee Keepers club locally that actually gives a few classes prior to the start of the Bee season , I guess you could call it that , and I'm going to log in those dates and try to make it. I'm sure there's some much needed info to be gathered there .
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  11. ochit

    ochit Monkey+

    All I can say is don't piss them off and African bees are not the only ones that are unfriendly.
    My father raised bees great honey and a bit of running when they got annoyed. a lot different when they were just buzzing around,
  12. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    @SB21, two of the single best beekeeping websites I have ever visited, are:
    1. Michael Bush's Bush Farm's Website
    2. David Cushman's Beekeeping Website
    Michael Bush offers a yearly Bee Camp that you can attend. Alternatively, and as a cheaper method of learning from him, you can serve an apprenticeship with Mr. Bush, at his home / farm.

    Mr. Cushman, sadly, passed away a number of years back, in 2011. But, his site fortunately, continues to be maintained by a friend of his.

    I hope those two additional resources help you.

    But, not all bees are aggressive. While the bees from Thailand tend to be more aggressive, the bees from Vietnam tend to be fairly passive. I once dropped three frames of bees on the ground. Of three people present, not one of us received a single sting.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018
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  13. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Man AOG , that's a lot of info there. I don't know if I'll ever be able read all of the info you've sent me. But I'll surely start flipping thru it so at least when I get started , somebody might at least think I look like I know what I'm doing,,,,,,,:ROFLMAO:,,,,,thanks for all of this info.
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  14. natshare

    natshare Monkey+++

    Those are usually referred to, as a "hot hive" (from what reading I've done). I found a good article on this very thing, a while ago, and made sure to save it. The Word document I've attached should help solve that nasty little problem. (y)

    Attached Files:

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  15. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    I converted it to PDF, as well. Thanks for the file.

    Attached Files:

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  16. Illini Warrior

    Illini Warrior Monkey+++

    PDF copy of the 1910 edition of the ABCs and XYZs of Beekeeping >>>>>Library-Beekeeping (copy of book is 3/4 down the column)

    link for Beekeeping 2 >>>>Library-Beekeeping 2
    link for Bee Journal (American) >>>>Library-Bee Journal (American)
    link for Bee Journal (British) >>>>Library-Bee Journal (British)
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018
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