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Pitfalls of ignorance
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DJ    Posted 04-12-2002 at 16:31:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
well I killed half of one of the colonies of bees for whatever reason. I installed one colony the way the guy on the video said to do it, and that one is doing great. I installed the bees like the lady at the bee supply store said to do it, (she's the owner of the place) and half of my bees had to be scraped out of the hive this morning.

I cried and cried.

The bee place gave me three more pounds of bees for no charge because it's queen died. I will put them in the super here in a minute.

But I just wanted to say this one thing..........

It's not as easy as they make it look on the video. I can't keep my smoker smoking so just about the time I need it (the lid is open and bees area attacking me) the dad gum smoker is cold as *&*{[.

I'm dirty and tired. There's duck and chicken &*&* to be cleaned up and horse (&(&( too. Everyone gets hungry and starts going off at the same time. I've only been up since 4 this morning. I don't know when I'll get to fix dinner.

My garden isn't tilled yet because it keeps raining.

If I don't get a duck pen and chicken pen built soon, we're all going to start smelling like em, may even start acting like em.

I'm having the time of my life. ;^)

Tom A    Posted 04-13-2002 at 14:29:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
DJ: Just had a minute and was looking thru the posts. I hear ya! About all of it, not just the bees, that is.

No, the videos and most of the bee books never mention that it is hot, heavy, hard work. And wait 'til harvest time! The weather will be 110 in the shade, the supers will weigh a ton, and the bees don't take but a couple of minutes to figure out that you're stealin' their food! Loads of fun. Extracting--you'll get the kitchen one big sticky mess for days.

But, like so much other good stuff, if it was to easy we wouldn't appreciate it. Pretty soon you'll get the 'hang of' the smoker and it'll stay lit when you need it. You'll learn to move slow and easy and get very few stings in a whole year(they are good for ya, by the way!). And nothing beats real honey fresh from the comb.

My better half and I have been getting up at 430 since as long as I remember--first the Army, now the farm and the off-farm jobs. Think I told you we put the place up for sale after about 11 months we were so frustrated, but thank God it didn't sell. Everything falls into place and life *is* good on the farm.

take care,

RayP(MI)    Posted 04-13-2002 at 05:39:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
My friend who had a number of hives (in the hundreds) has lost so much that he's given up. Had a few in my place, and I sure enjoyed the honey he paid as rent. Between the mites, and diseases, the whole honey industry isn't doing well at all.
We raise rabbits, and haven't been successful in raising a litter of little ones all winter. Even moved some into the house, so's they'd be warm. Wednesday the wife came up from the basement with a litter of eight -all dead. There's $500 we don't get. Sold four Netherland dwarfs to a young fellow, and they all died - now we owe him... Just keeps going. Farming's a loosing proposition all over - no matter what your crop or livestock. It's just that we don't know anything else to do.

Hogman    Posted 04-13-2002 at 17:20:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ray I know it sometimes seems like just spendin money on a loss but with the mortality rate You indicate I'd spend a few bucks and have some post mortems run. Might save You a bunch. Check with the State Vets office.

RayP(MI)    Posted 04-14-2002 at 19:15:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just lost another 3 week old bunny tonite. Lost her littermates two weeks ago. Wife is an RN, and long on experience with bunnies. Other breeders are having the same poor results - think it has to do the lousy weather and the stress they've been under as a result. With the warmer weather and better ventilation, hopefully they'll do better. Bunnies have a pretty weak constitution. Lost one of our prized Shetland rams the other day too - and he wasn't even on the same farm. Just the luck of the draw.

DJ    Posted 04-13-2002 at 06:04:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have you any idea what is going on with those rabbits? Do you think it was pollution or something? This sounds mighty scary to me.

Like the Sudden Oak Death that's going on in California? Is it "bio terrorism" like one commentator mentioned?

Then the east coast is having a record breaking drought. Makes me not want to go large scale on anything. The hives are for our personal use for the time being.

Has anyone contacted the ext office to report and inquire? Data collected from all around can be used toward an investigation. The news may not be something we want to know.

DeadCarp    Posted 04-12-2002 at 21:37:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, but you can't beat honey. I've boiled up "bee-free" honey with clover petals & everything else - excellent stuff but honey still wins. (& i think once it's been thru a bee it's better for you)
Give me real butter, real honey & real maple syrup & I'll live as long as gramma did! :)

DJ    Posted 04-13-2002 at 05:21:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
And DC, what about those stings huh?

Boy, I hope they offer some health benefits because I got a treatment two days ago.

InVermont    Posted 04-12-2002 at 16:56:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been having a hard week, too. I've been working feverishly to cut off the dead and diseased wood from my apple trees and burn it before the snow melts (and I've got fire blight everywhere...) I think the majority of the orchard is a goner.. but hang in there DJ- nothing good was ever easy. Just keep working at it and the rewards will be that much sweeter (no pun intended)

What a Sweet post. LOL    Posted 04-12-2002 at 17:22:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Considering your troubles, that was such a kind thing to say.


I like it here. I think I'll stay.

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