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Honey Bees
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Redbelly1    Posted 02-13-2001 at 13:29:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm thinking of getting a couple of hives to make honey and to help polinate(?) my garden.
I dont know a thing about Beekeeping.
Anybody got any advice?

Thanks in advance.

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Redbelly1    Posted 02-19-2001 at 04:12:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the info guys.

Dumb Logger    Posted 02-18-2001 at 07:37:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You might look see if your local com. college has a class. I did this years ago, (it was taught by a local beekeeper) and enjoyed & learned a lot. I felt confident enough that I caught a swarm and put together a hive myself.Beekeeping is one of the most important things to do under the sun. Wish you well in this.

mike in nc    Posted 02-16-2001 at 15:22:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check out the local library for information. When I started keeping bees, they had an excellent video and several books available. If they dont have the book right there ask about getting some bee keeping books via interlibrary loan. It is a right expensive hobby to get into-not sense buying books if you dont need to. Also check out BRUSHY MOUNTAIN BEES on the net.THEY HAVE EXCELLENT catalogs with good free information. Cost to get into it-figure a couple hundred bucks or more to get started with 2 hives- always have two hives as a minimum, so you can compare the progress between the two- it helps you spot problems ( if one hive is doing great and the other isnt why)Best of luck it is a facinating hobby and you get all natures best sweetner and pollination in return.

Tom A    Posted 02-14-2001 at 07:21:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]

We've kept bees for about a dozen years. It is fun, and will help with the garden. On average, I get about 40 lbs of honey per hive per year (MD average is about 35. Varies with the area).

However, not to be discouraging, beekeeping has gotten harder the past few years because of mites that were imported from Asia. There is currently only one EPA-approved miticide, and they've developed a resistance to it. EPA has emergency certified on a state-by-state another miticide that supposedly is better. Both are expensive (I spend about $40 year on miticide for just a few hives). Even treating for the mites, here in MD the ag extension service says we're seeing about a 50% loss rate in hives!

So, the easy way may be to hook up with a local beekeeper and invite him/her to put a couple hives on your place. No work, no hassle for you. If you are still interested in starting though, feel free to shoot me an email and I'll give you some good references to read as well as some sources of equipment I use.

good luck,

Larry    Posted 02-13-2001 at 19:54:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Why not invite a Bee Keeper to put a few hives on your place.You can trade the use of your farm for some honey,plus have your garden,fruit trees,or what ever pollenated at the same time.That way you won't have to deal with the bees your self.If you are still interested in keeping your own hive,what better place to learn than right at your back door with an experienced bee keeper on hand.

TomH    Posted 02-13-2001 at 16:10:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My Dad kept a hive for a while when I was a kid. Not much to it really, the bees do most of the work. As I recall we got about 50 lbs of honey a year. I live in Pennsylvania, so I refer to my local land grant college for this kind of info, even if their football team is lousy:

MikeinKS    Posted 02-13-2001 at 17:21:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]

here are a few web sites to look at. Id find a local beekeeper to hang around with and see what you are trying to get your self into. and id read every thing you could get your hands on

Try to find the local club, our Kansas Honey Producers meeting is going to bee held on the 2nd, and 3rd in Hutch. I would be surprized if what ever state your in dosent have a state club or at least a local. good luck

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