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Bee keepers
« on: January 29, 2014, 07:12:58 AM »
So I am going to start a couple hives this spring.  When I was a kid my dad was a USDA bee inspector as one of his jobs- we used to run all over west Michigan inspecting hives and used to have about 50 of our own in a few locations.  We used to sell honey by the road and at markets- but we quit when I was around 10 or so.  Anyone else doing it?  How have your experiences been given the current "bee collapse"?  I'm getting my bees from a local guy I know.  Anyone have links for cheap, good hive components?  I have a couple emails out to people selling used stuff.
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Re: Bee keepers
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2014, 07:18:20 AM »
Good on ya.  :thumbsup:  Had a friend many years ago who kept a hive in her suburban back yard; called 'em her "ladies".  Watching her work with them got me over my phobia of bees.

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Re: Bee keepers
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2014, 07:38:14 AM »
Wasps, hornets- I hate the aggressive bastards.  Regular bees are way more docile.  In the cooler evenings we used to check the hives with no gear or smoke whatsoever.   :thumbsup:  As long as you were slow and gentle you had no problems.
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Re: Bee keepers
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2014, 09:06:35 AM »
gotta Africanize them muthafuckers.

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Re: Bee keepers
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2014, 09:22:24 AM »
Much harder to manage now.  There are more mites etc AND if you live immediately near large commercial farms, you will have the problem of neo-nicotinoid insectocides, which is a big component of colony collapse syndrome.  We live sandwiched between corn and soybean fields and had horrible losses, year after year.  Aerial spraying and pre-treated seeds means heavy dosing all spring and summer for our bees.

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Re: Bee keepers
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2014, 09:31:15 AM »
Dadant & Sons, Mann Lake, and Brushy Mt. seems to be the big three of suppliers.  All of them carry kits that have precut wood in various grade that you just nail together yourself.  Assuming you don't want to just cut your own.

I have a PDF around here somewhere with more information than you'll ever need involving all aspects of keeping bees.  I'll try to find it and send it your way.

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Re: Bee keepers
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2014, 10:20:29 AM »
So I am going to start a couple hives this spring.  When I was a kid my dad was a USDA bee inspector as one of his jobs- we used to run all over west Michigan inspecting hives and used to have about 50 of our own in a few locations.  We used to sell honey by the road and at markets- but we quit when I was around 10 or so.  Anyone else doing it?  How have your experiences been given the current "bee collapse"?  I'm getting my bees from a local guy I know.  Anyone have links for cheap, good hive components?  I have a couple emails out to people selling used stuff.

Talk to Colleen (DantesDame). They were raising bees before moving to Europe.
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Re: Bee keepers
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2014, 10:57:46 AM »
wonder if I can talk my wife into bees? they would be a hell of a lot cheaper than horses.
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Re: Bee keepers
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2014, 11:00:17 AM »
Gangsta zom-bees. Oh the horror and soon to be a new movie on SIFI.
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Re: Bee keepers
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2014, 03:27:59 PM »
Talk to Colleen (DantesDame). They were raising bees before moving to Europe.
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We had our bees for about 4 months  :redface:

We took the local course offered by the county and picked up our bees in May. We gave them to a local beekeeping friend around September. That being said, we really enjoyed our first foray into beekeeping and would have liked to have continued with them. Because of our limited experience, I really can't counsel you on mites and overwintering subjects.

I'd recommend that you contact you local chapter and talk to them. They'll know what's going on in your neighborhood  :thumbsup:



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