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Old 04-14-10, 01:11 AM   #1
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Does anyone mind their own Bee's wax?

I just started a new hobby...Bees.

I am about a week away from getting my first hive. My brother and dad have kept some, but this is all new for me.
Anyone else a bee keeper with some advise for a novice?
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Old 04-14-10, 02:30 AM   #2
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Will you be getting an active hive,
an empty bee box with frames and a nuc or
and empty box/frames and a package of bees ?
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Old 04-14-10, 02:46 AM   #3
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I will be getting an empty box with frames. I will get the bees from a friend locally.
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I'd rather keep scorpions.
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I love bees! We had a hive in a patio. It was pretty awesome to stand on it and smell the honeycomb. We never tried to harvest it, though. We had a pact with the bees. If we left them alone, they left us alone and for the year or so they were there, no one was stung.

I digress. Why don't you mind your own bee's wax...
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Old 04-14-10, 07:55 AM   #6
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I'd rather keep scorpions.

Yeah, me too, although after all the care I give them they give me nothing in return?! WTF! I'm getting Bees!
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I kept bees for a few years with my nephew. We got a lot of honey for very little effort on our part. Bees are fun.
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We had a couple of hives for years.
I'm wanting to build 10 or so boxes for next year.
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I kept bees in high school. Loved it. Schools probably couldn't do it now.

I don't have enough land to have a hive myself....
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Oooh I've always wanted to keep bees. Unfortunately I live in an apartment and in the middle of the city
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I'm allergic, not badly, just local swelling, but enough that keeping bees woudl be unwise. Still I garden and have a lot of contact. And seeing things from the gardeners end I think I can give some advice.

Check with your neighbors. Bees are good for gardeners. If I am aware someone nearby has a hive I might be even less inclined to use poisions. Not sure how large your property is, but if it turns out one neighbor is a poison them type you can at least keep your hive at the far end of your property.

Also water. As a pool owner I know there are times water is a problem. I hate seeing drowned bees. Luckily I can always find a stick and it is amazing how well a nearly dead bee can cling to its chance to survive, otherwise with my allergy I could not afford to help them.

Oh just thought of one more thing. Keep yuor eyes open regarding when things bloom. There may well be a time when little or nothing is in bloom near you. Yuo might want to consider planting someting to help fill that gap.

And of course talk a lot to yuor friend you are getting the bees from. He should be an excellent source, especially for local issues.

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I have a great phobia of bees of all types. It doesn't help that they can sense fear either....
Can deal with snakes, spiders, critters of almost every type, but any manner of bee, wasp, hornet, and you see a 200+, 6'3" dude run and scream like a little girl. It is actually rather entertaining from a spectator POV.
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I kept bees in high school. Loved it. Schools probably couldn't do it now.

I don't have enough land to have a hive myself....
Do you have any outdoor space?
Urban Beekeeping
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I'd rather keep The Scorpions.
even if they were rocking you like a hurricane?
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I heard local honey is good for pregnant women cuz it helps the new baby with its regional immunities
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My grandpa was a beekeeper. I always thought it was really cool. They paid me to mow their huge lawn, and I'd have to go right next to the hives. The bees used to bump into me on their way in. It was kind of trippy, but once I realized they didn't want to sting me, it was fine.
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Anyone here know about how to provide water for bees? As mentioned earlier I'm allergic and don't want to go the full beekeeping route. But I have been thinking of providing thigns to attract bees. I plant a few more fruit trees every year and am thinking that providing water will help in making my yard a place bees frequent.
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Is there something wrong with thinking that I would like to keep honey bees, but still want to kill all these wasps that infest my house, barn and pool every year?
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Do you have any outdoor space?
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Relatively small backyard, and dogs. I would be most concerned should the hive become Africanized. That could become a problem. We have lots of flowering plants, so we get lots of bees anyway.
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Nothing like the birds and the bees to put life in perspective
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We have a great neighborhood. There are about 8 lots ~ 1 acre each and the yards across the street back to the lake. Most everyone has a garden and is the main reason I wanted the bees. We haven't seen many in the last few years. The majority of the neighbors are 50+ and are all for me getting bees. I am not sure who's yard we will actually put the hive in. At least 4 of them will be willing to help looking after the hive and all of them want honey. We all went in together and bought some neighborhood guinnes. I hope they don't eat bees. They keep the fleas and ticks down though.
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What is a "guinnes",some sort of razorback hog?
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What is a "guinnes",some sort of razorback hog?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guineafowl

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Don't fill the honey pot to full. They need to eat first, even if that means that there is no honey for human consumption.
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What is a "guinnes",some sort of razorback hog?
Don't be insult'n the Razorback, thems fight'n words.

Sorry for the spelling error. I use to couldn't spell engineer, now I are one.

Guinea are ugly little birds that are about twice the size of my Yorkies. They are not afraid of anything and eat a lot of bugs, as well as strawberries. I don't mind as long as they keep the bugs away. They are also quite tasty to owls apparently. We had 24 and we are down to 8 but we have more ordered.

I was told not to expect any honey the first year. Like I said the main reason is pollination for the gardens. The honey will be a great byproduct.
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