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cave canem
Mississippi St. Fan
pullarius dominus
Member since Oct 2012
9277 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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The bees really get to be a nuisance around swimming pools. Once they find a good source of water, it’s hard to persuade them to go somewhere else.



I placed my hives next to a very small slow moving stream but they are still 1000 yards or so from the house and them deciding they like the wifes pool better is still a concern of mine.

The fact she has eleventy bazillion flowers planted around the pool is likely not helpful.
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WeagleEagle
Auburn Fan
Folsom Prison
Member since Sep 2011
1224 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Nice to know I'm on the right track. I read a lot, but it is good to hear from someone with real world experience.


Bee Man
LSU Fan
Hester, LA
Member since Mar 2018
172 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
That’s funny!


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Bee Man
LSU Fan
Hester, LA
Member since Mar 2018
172 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Sounds like you’ve got it down pat. The thing about beekeeping is that if you ask 10 beekeepers how to do something, you’ll get 10 different answers. In other words, there’s not only one way to do something when it comes to beekeeping.


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BallsEleven
LSU Fan
Member since Mar 2019
345 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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I'm not able to move them "16" miles away for a few days


This is a thing? They get disoriented that easily?


WeagleEagle
Auburn Fan
Folsom Prison
Member since Sep 2011
1224 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Bees forage a few miles from the hive. If you move them within in this range, they will use the same cues as before. This will lead them back to their old location. Their navigational skills are so strong you have to trick them. A lot of people will take them miles away for a few days before moving them back to get them to recalibrate.
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WeagleEagle
Auburn Fan
Folsom Prison
Member since Sep 2011
1224 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I moved a hive exactly a mile this morning before daylight. I have the entrance blocked good with limbs. The bees have to almost crawl through to get out. They have been circling the hive big time. I just checked the old hive location and only a handful of bees.
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Bee Man
LSU Fan
Hester, LA
Member since Mar 2018
172 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
That’s not bad at all.


WeagleEagle
Auburn Fan
Folsom Prison
Member since Sep 2011
1224 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
How long should I leave the debri in place?


Bee Man
LSU Fan
Hester, LA
Member since Mar 2018
172 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I think a day should be long enough. Once they come out the hive and do their orientation flights, you should be set.


jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
3912 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Did a honey pull today... my strong hive put out 4 gallons


BallsEleven
LSU Fan
Member since Mar 2019
345 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
So what does one do with 4 gallons of honey?


jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
3912 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Put it on facebook.

Lots of people have put in request for honey just because i live near them and they only want local honey


BallsEleven
LSU Fan
Member since Mar 2019
345 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Gotcha. I figured that would be a pain in the arse to bottle it all up


lsuson
LSU Fan
NOLA
Member since Oct 2013
5989 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Local to your area is the best. Helps me with sinus issues


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Columbia
Houston Astros Fan
Land of the Yuppies
Member since Mar 2016
2068 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Good for you. My first year. My ladies are hardly entertaining my supers. Put syrup back on in hopes of just getting some more frames drawn.


Bee Man
LSU Fan
Hester, LA
Member since Mar 2018
172 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
It’s really not bad at all. Just install a honey gate spout on a 5 gallon bucket. It allows you to easily start and stop the flow of honey into jars without the mess.

Cleanup is a breeze too. Just put all of your sticky equipment outside near your hives. They’ll clean it up in no time.


jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
3912 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Bottling up is very easy with the spouts. We have ours all ready to go. Moved a bunch within an hour if letting people know we had it


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cave canem
Mississippi St. Fan
pullarius dominus
Member since Oct 2012
9277 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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My first year. My ladies are hardly entertaining my supers


My first year as well but I have two hives that are filling out the supers pretty well, one has built out and filled two mediums.

Trying to decide if I would be better off pulling some honey or just doing a few late season splits and dividing the surplus among them.


Columbia
Houston Astros Fan
Land of the Yuppies
Member since Mar 2016
2068 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Where are your hives located?


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