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#1
So how many beekeepers do we have here?

I dont have the room nor the patience for a hive or two here in the city but once we move I hope to start up one or two hives.
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#2
I had a hive last year but it did not survive the winter. I was worried they starved to death but in the spring, after confirmation that the hive was no longer active, I opened it up and harvested 13lbs of honey. I dont know for sure what killed them but I've read somewhere that some of the bee farms down south were shipping up bees that arent winter hardy.

I'd like to get some bees again in the spring.
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bucksco;11574 Wrote:I had a hive last year but it did not survive the winter. I was worried they starved to death but in the spring, after confirmation that the hive was no longer active, I opened it up and harvested 13lbs of honey. I dont know for sure what killed them but I've read somewhere that some of the bee farms down south were shipping up bees that arent winter hardy.

I'd like to get some bees again in the spring.

Arent you supposed to "winterize" them?

I watched a few vids where keepers would protect their hives with roofing paper and hay bails.

I guess its trial and error! Smile
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Kodiak;11677 Wrote:
bucksco;11574 Wrote:I had a hive last year but it did not survive the winter. I was worried they starved to death but in the spring, after confirmation that the hive was no longer active, I opened it up and harvested 13lbs of honey. I dont know for sure what killed them but I've read somewhere that some of the bee farms down south were shipping up bees that arent winter hardy.

I'd like to get some bees again in the spring.

Arent you supposed to "winterize" them?

I watched a few vids where keepers would protect their hives with roofing paper and hay bails.

I guess its trial and error! Smile

My grandfather kept hives up in northern Maine and winterized them.
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#5
I've kicked it around a few times, mainly just to help pollinate the garden.

But with all the bears around here i don't think I want to deal with just yet.
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God's Country;12576 Wrote:I've kicked it around a few times, mainly just to help pollinate the garden.

But with all the bears around here i don't think I want to deal with just yet.

My mother in law set up a few hives last year. Bear got into them. I said get a bigger gun, father in law got an electric fence. I don't know why, no bear ever left a rug behind for a fence.

I digress though.

Just last week, got a jar of honey. Best honey ever. I think I posted about it in the "I'm proud of my in laws" thread. It is so rich, and so delicious. It also has given me a nice source for wax for my casting.

From what I understand, you don't really need alot of room for it. I wouldn't suggest putting it beside your kids swing set. And I would be cautious with curious pets. But the inlaws have their hives I would say about twenty to thirty yards from their driveway.
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#7
My wife and I want to do it, it's simply a time and money thing.

We have TONS of clover in our yard, so we know they'll be happy bees, and we live in farm country so I'm sure the farmers won't complain either.
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Connal;12856 Wrote:My mother in law set up a few hives last year. Bear got into them. I said get a bigger gun, father in law got an electric fence. I don't know why, no bear ever left a rug behind for a fence.

I digress though.

Just last week, got a jar of honey. Best honey ever. I think I posted about it in the "I'm proud of my in laws" thread. It is so rich, and so delicious. It also has given me a nice source for wax for my casting.

From what I understand, you don't really need alot of room for it. I wouldn't suggest putting it beside your kids swing set. And I would be cautious with curious pets. But the inlaws have their hives I would say about twenty to thirty yards from their driveway.

Yeah ive read about the quality of your own honey vs the store bought brand...it all depends on where they bees get their nectar etc...so you can have a light colored honey one time then the next time its darker with a different taste...

Initial investment isnt that bad....hive kit plus buying the bees might be around 200-300...its all the other toys that cost more...just like firearms! Smile

Camper;12907 Wrote:My wife and I want to do it, it's simply a time and money thing.

We have TONS of clover in our yard, so we know they'll be happy bees, and we live in farm country so I'm sure the farmers won't complain either.

Just start with one hive and a nuc and youll be set.
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Connal;12856 Wrote:
God's Country;12576 Wrote:I've kicked it around a few times, mainly just to help pollinate the garden.

But with all the bears around here i don't think I want to deal with just yet.

My mother in law set up a few hives last year. Bear got into them. I said get a bigger gun, father in law got an electric fence. I don't know why, no bear ever left a rug behind for a fence.

I digress though.

Just last week, got a jar of honey. Best honey ever. I think I posted about it in the "I'm proud of my in laws" thread. It is so rich, and so delicious. It also has given me a nice source for wax for my casting.

From what I understand, you don't really need alot of room for it. I wouldn't suggest putting it beside your kids swing set. And I would be cautious with curious pets. But the inlaws have their hives I would say about twenty to thirty yards from their driveway.


We do have an electric fence, and I am still unsure it would stop them unless it was a really hot fence.

The only reason I put in a garden was because i could tap off the fence. Without it i doubt I would ever get to a harvest without the garden being destroyed.

In fact I just unloaded at one last night, hopefully I put some fear of man into him.
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#10
My wife wants to get a small hive going, but with 7 little ones, Im a bit leery.
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