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Old 05-30-05, 11:59 AM   #1
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bee keepers?

I'm just wondering if anyone out there is an apiarist. Beekeeping is on my lists of to dos when I get around to purchasing some property. Can you recommend any good references? Thanks!
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My neighbor across the street from me has bees in his small back yard, and gives us a big jar of raw honey each year!

It can be done in the city and without much space, etc...

If you've never had raw honey, It's many times better than regular store bought honey, it tastes pure, without all the processing...
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You can find the buzz on beekeeping here:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/se...819805-7963019
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You can find the buzz on beekeeping here:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/se...819805-7963019

Ooo, this link isn't working for me...it may be due to foxfire?
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It's many times better than regular store bought honey.
This might be an exaggeration. If memory serves, it is only 2.14 times better than the commercial stuff.
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There are bee HAVERS and then there are bee KEEPERS. Most beginners are bee havers. They have a couple of colonies, but don't know all there is to being able to tell when the colony is about to swarm, and how to prevent it.....so when the swarm leaves the hive, the behaver has just lost most of his bees. Now he's a bee HADER...
The bee KEEPER is the person who knows what to expect and takes the appropriate action in time to prevent his hives from swarming. The bees then stay put in the hive as they are happy with their home.
I used to keep a few hives of bees.....but when my in laws decided to sell their farm, I had to get rid of them (the hives, I mean). Some BIG bee keepers are losing lots of their colonies due to the dreaded bee mite. There doesn't seem to be anything to get rid of the mites. Add to that, the threat from the African bees (another U.S. experiment that went so terrible wrong). When the Africans attack people, pets or whatever, they just keep stinging until you are dead. A regular honey bee, dies when she stings you. Her stinger has a barb on the end that is bent back toward her, and when she tries to pull away, the stinger is ripper out of her body and she dies from the wounds. But being as the Africans are so aggresive they produce a lot more honey than the regular honey bee.
Up here in Iowa, we have clover honey, in my opinion, it's the best of any other out there. When you eat honey, it gets into you blood stream more quickly than regular sugar, as the honey has been pre-digested by the bees. In other words you are eating what the worker bees have puked up into the cells of the honey comb.
There's a lot to learn about bees and how to handle them. Check with your state government they will have info for you. But what ever you do stay healthy..... Eat Your Honey!!
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