I'm soon to be a bee keeper!
Posted 16 February 2010 - 05:47 PM
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:42 PM
Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:49 PM
Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:50 PM
last year i was looking into bee keeping. in the end it was the funds that stooped it from happening. i love bees and Honey.
you probably dont live in japan but i thought this would be good watching for you
30 hornets vs 30,000 bees
Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:58 PM
Iv wanted to do this for a while myself. I'm vegan, and technically that excludes honey...But that's the one thing i eat anyway, because I feel that it's so beneficial in so many ways. Especially honey that's created from all the living plant life within your ecological sphere.
Bee populations are suffering in many places, so i value your decision in that respect as well.
Best of luck in your new endeavor :bow:
Posted 16 February 2010 - 07:01 PM
When you said that you ordered 3 lbs of bees does that come with one queen or two? Do you already have your bee hive or any of the bee supplies that you would need? My dad has had a bee hive since I was a young girl so I have spent many years around bees with my dad. When ever my dad would get into his bee hives he would use this bee smoker to make the bees more docile. Also he would always have two sections to his hives that way he when he wanted to get the honey out of one section he would put the bee food in the other section to get the bees out of the section he wanted to work with. Oh and the only protection that he really ever needed or used was a bee protective mask and gloves. The bees were actually very docile and they never stung me. If you have any specific questions just ask away. :) That is just some of the stuff that came off of the top of my head.
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 07:05 PM
Everything becomes more docile when smoked out
Posted 16 February 2010 - 07:16 PM
Everything becomes more docile when smoked out
I know I do:roll::rasta:
Posted 16 February 2010 - 07:20 PM
Here's their main list of topics:
Here's their Beekeeping section:
Posted 16 February 2010 - 07:30 PM
I believe one of his queens built her colony in the wall of the house, there was honey dripping from the doorway for a while.
That's funny and not so cool at the same time. I have a feeling my wife will be keeping her distance as well.
I think it comes with one queen, I really didn't ask but Im gonna find out. I have a starter kit on its way that includes a smoker and some basic protection. Im thinking Im gonna get another chamber like you said sunflower.
A vegan teon? I don't think I could do that, not that there is anything wrong with that, I just like to take full advantage of my omnivore status. I have read that honey is supposed to be off limits to vegan but that doesn't make any sense to me. Like you said, honey truly is a wonder thing. Not to mention the enhanced pollination of my garden and fruit trees. Ive also read that honey collected from your immediate area will help your body combat allergies. I don't suffer from them but my wife and kids do so Im hoping that it helps them out. For my part, I'll be making some mead I suppose.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 07:39 PM
Posted 16 February 2010 - 08:12 PM
Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:24 PM
A farmers market usually has a bee keeper or three selling honey. They can be a good friendly resource if you have problems.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 10:20 PM
Posted 16 February 2010 - 10:25 PM
Also, when you are trying to raise a crop...you have to protect what you mean to keep and that said I laugh when the deer and coons eat our stuff - it's killin' me all the work but I stand right there thinking "Bless your heart hon-o ain't that yummy for you!" and I feel good that they are eating. Obviously I plant about 5 times what I hope to get out here owing to my seemingly "buddhist" attitude about it. They really kill us on the oysters too and there have been times when I got none for me and was still endeared of them that they beat me to it. OK - my brain mush aside - Congrats to the blessed oblivion! We had bees when I was a kid and I can still see my grandmother in her hat robbing those hives with her little smoke puffer. It doesn't take much to grog them and I wonder if pot wouldn't be a better smoke than some oily rag...
But I would befriend miss Sunflower and get all the help I could because they are kind of a fragile stock to keep in some ways and sometimes the little boogers just swarm up and move on you - or move in like the above post.
Good for you Oblivion! You are right about the allergy thing and your kids will probably love chewing the honey out of hunks of comb like I did as a kid. She would just glop a hunk of comb in a dish on the table to drain out and we would eat the honey and kids could have some comb to chew if we wanted.
There's something - I don't know - rightness of life about bees and their treasure is well worth the keeping of them.
Best Wishes in your new crop!
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 10:35 PM
Posted 16 February 2010 - 10:49 PM
Oh and during one of the big snow storms the whole hive got knocked over and we had hurry and put it back together. It really was a mess. Hopefully the bees are ok at least the comb did not break up. Now we have a cement block on top of it, so you should probably think about putting something heavy on top of it if a big storm is coming to protect it.
Oh and man Zodd I just watched that video poor bees there was that one that just got cut in half! I think at one point there was a problem with some kind of wasper or hornet going after bees in the hives. I don't remember exactly cause it was when I was really young. Still that is some crazy shit thanks for sharing!
Edited by sunflower420, 16 February 2010 - 11:04 PM.
Addition to the post.
Posted 17 February 2010 - 10:44 AM
Oblivion, i would have a pro come out with foam spray to remove those hornets nests. No way would i want even one anywhere near my kids.
Posted 17 February 2010 - 11:02 AM
Not much scares me, but bees and hornets certainly do. I hate them little stingy sum bitches!! :puke: I do love me some raw honey though!!
Good luck Oblivion!! Can't wait to see updates with this.