Posted 13 June 2011 - 04:22 AM
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I started with packaged bees and a hive I purchased online.
The bees came in the mail - the mailman was scared to death when he delivered them.
As far as I can tell, the neighbors don't know they are there unless I tell them about the bees, and they do not seem to bother the kids or the animals. I may start another hive next year.
I would be very unhappy if I bought honey and found out it was really corn syrup.
Mead also sounds fun. I'll have to try that soon.
Posted 13 June 2011 - 07:00 PM
How did you get started if you don't mind me asking?
I've been starting a small personal orchard and I could use some honey bees.
Do you just build the boxes and hope for the best or can you buy a small colony?
I would think something like this might get you looking in the right place:
http://www.bees-on-t...-apiarists.html That Shows a state by state list of apiarists if you reside in the USA.
You guys who have bees, what online resources have you found to be the most helpful?
Edited by datsun, 13 June 2011 - 07:07 PM.
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Posted 03 July 2011 - 10:35 PM
My dad started two hives this spring with hopes of adding more every year.
Yesterday I found some local raw unfiltered honey, it was $13 for a 1lb jar. A little pricy but delicious. The honey was taken last year from hives between 7000'-9500' feet.
Posted 22 October 2011 - 05:36 PM
I am definitely planning on making some magic-mead, actually I already call this Arathu's Magic Maple Mead.
The red in front of the mead is this years grape harvest from my vines. I got 42 lbs of big fat concord grapes this year and it made a nice neat 3 gallon carboy. SSG=1.088 - FSG=1.002.
I try to use only local raw ingredients, that way I know quality of the contents for real. Honey is from a local apiary, maple syrup is from local trees, and the grapes from my vineyard.
Damn the Walmart world anyway!
Posted 22 October 2011 - 07:22 PM
Thanks for the info on the honey sauce OP
Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:19 PM
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides which act on the central nervous system of insects with lower toxicity to mammals. Neonicotinoids are among the most widely used insecticides worldwide, but recently the uses of some members of this class have been restricted in some countries due to a possible connection to honey-bee colony collapse disorder, though no scientific evidence has been established confirming that connection.
There is controversy over the role of neonicotinoids in relation to pesticide toxicity to bees and imidacloprid effects on bee population. Neonicotinoid use has been strictly limited in France since the 1990s, when neonicotinoids were implicated in a mass die-off of the bee population. It is believed by some to account for worker bees' neglecting to provide food for eggs and larvae, and for a breakdown of the bees' navigational abilities, possibly leading to what has become generally known as Colony Collapse Disorder.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:49 PM
Damn....I'll become an angry son-of-a-bitch if we kill off the bees and our honey supply with them. That's just fucked up! :teeth:
Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:17 AM
Next year ill take apiculture course and hopefully ill start making my own honey in the future. just finished also my "aromatic and therapeutic herbs" course which is essential to honey making as well as a very useful and interesting course on its own, very happy i did this :)