Bees

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by permacamo, Apr 4, 2014.


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  1. permacamo

    permacamo Monkey

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  2. Mike

    Mike Ol' Army Sergeant Monkey

    Something I want to do when we get property. Don't need a lot of honey, so they bees can keep most of it. I just want them to have a nice, safe place to be able to do what they do
     
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  3. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Thinking along those lines myself. I need to do a bit of research to see what effect (_good or bad) it might have on my hunting on my land, first though.
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Ol' Army Sergeant Monkey

    If you give them an area, and don't make loud noises near the hives, little or no effect. They will keep plants, flowers, alive so the critters will have good grazing which makes hunting great. Guess the honey might attract a bear or two, might have to take preventive measures for that
     
  5. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    this was a brutal winter, between me and my friend that owns/manages the hives, 18 of 21 didn't make it through the winter. :(
     
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  6. Mike

    Mike Ol' Army Sergeant Monkey

    It was a very hard winter.
     
  7. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I just put in two new hives a week ago and am waiting patiently for my bees to deliver their honey
     
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  8. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    One of the summer chores for this year is to move a couple hive up to the place.. Have "T" poles and electric fence around the hives and a solar fence charger to light up the bears...
     
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  9. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Will be putting two hives in asap. If you live around them you really will be OK. We were raised with bees and never got stung unless we messed with the hive. We mowed around them, played nearby, and generally paid them no attention--and they us. Bees are nice neighbors.
     
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  10. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    You'd be surprised how many bees at the height of the season that a few hives actually contain.
    OMG! One benefit of having that many bees (friendly little suckers) is that my yellow jacket and hornet population is nearly null.
     
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  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Where would be the best source for a hive and bees? I have never had any of my own.
     
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  12. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    go talk the folks at the apple orchard or a local farmer. they usually know a local bee keeper.
    Maybe a real feed store (not TSC or big box Ag type) go local.

    You will kill off lots of bees before you get it right if you go on your own. Wanna hit the ground running .. local mentor.
     
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  13. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Yup, they die easily sometimes. Check with your County Ag agency, and the phone book for local bee keeper clubs.
     
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  15. Mike

    Mike Ol' Army Sergeant Monkey

    Good advice, thanks.
     
  16. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Step 1. Set up at least two hives, this means have the equipment painted and seasoned. Have one full size hive body ready with all frames with foundation.

    Step 2. Get your PPE in order. Be aware that if you capture swarms they may be Africanized and are very dangerous. Never do a hive capture at night you will regret it, he says, remembering the stings.

    Step 3. Call your local Fire Departmnet and have them put you on a BEE Swarm List. At first only capture open swarms. Removing Bee Colonies from structures can come later and something you can earn extra money completing. Be aware that this is a learned skill and should only be done in the rural areas.

    Step 4. GOOD LUCK

    YMMV and I've done it all.
     
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  17. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    If you have a garden/orchard then you need bees around to pollinate properly. Am tickled to have a few visiting our trees--they are good critters.
     
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  18. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Just listened to podcast one. Thank you.
     
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  19. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Kelley Beekeeping
    The supplier I have used for "a few years" or about half their time in business. But who's counting.
     
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  20. LOGGman

    LOGGman Off Grider

    The nice thing about bees, is once you get them set up, they manage themselves. We have a hive that has been pollinating our small orchard for years with no maintenance. Last summer the hive actually split because it was getting to crowded.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2014
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