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


Just south of Poplarville Mississippi.


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BallsEleven
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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Just put all of your sticky equipment outside near your hives.


I'll have to remember that one.


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cave canem
Mississippi St. Fan
pullarius dominus
Member since Oct 2012
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Update:


Pulled four frames as a practice run, 3 with foundation and one without.

As I have not bought a spinner I wanted to give the scrape and drain method a try and it is easy peasy, about a gallon or so in the bottom of a stock pot.

Cut out the one foundation-less and have it wrapped up in the fridge awaiting some clam-shell containers.

Looks like I will be pulling about 40 medium frames in the next week or so which is far more than I expected this first year.


arktiger28
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I’ve been keeping bees for a few years and have been terrible at it. I’ve bought four hives and lost two and haven’t gotten a bottle of honey. But we moved across town in December and now my older hive is doing great! Definitely going to get a couple of supers full this year. I also trapped a hive so I have three hives operating. It’s gotten really fun now that I am having some success. Looking forward to catching up on this thread.
This post was edited on 6/22 at 11:17 am


jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
You must’ve gotten sold some hives with really weak queens


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cave canem
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pullarius dominus
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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I’ve been keeping bees for a few years and have been terrible at it. I’ve bought four hives and lost two and haven’t gotten a bottle of honey. But we moved across town in December and now my older hive is doing great! Definitely going to get a couple of supers full this year. I also trapped a hive so I have three hives operating. It’s gotten really fun now that I am having some success. Looking forward to catching up on this thread.



I am a novice but it seems to be location, location, location.

My buddy got three nucs this year as well from the same person same day I did and his have not filled out the brood chamber yet, we are about 10 miles apart.


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Bee Man
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Hester, LA
Member since Mar 2018
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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Cut out the one foundation-less and have it wrapped up in the fridge awaiting some clam-shell containers.


I suggest you put it in the freezer for a day. It will kill any wax moth eggs that might be there and won’t affect the honey.


cave canem
Mississippi St. Fan
pullarius dominus
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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I suggest you put it in the freezer for a day. It will kill any wax moth eggs that might be there and won’t affect the honey.



Thanks and done


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arktiger28
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
How do you more experienced guys know when to pull your honey?


Columbia
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
When y’all harvest honey, do y’all pull any of the honey frames from your deeps or just supers?


Bee Man
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Hester, LA
Member since Mar 2018
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Most people start pulling them in June. I usually wait until the beginning of July just to ensure the moisture content in the honey is low enough.


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Bee Man
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Hester, LA
Member since Mar 2018
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Just the supers. The deeps could have eggs and larvae in them.


jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Some people will pull honey from the edge of the deeps to give the queens laying space. I did last year and my hives exploded in numbers this spring.

I was very cautious to check for eggs and larvae


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arktiger28
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Member since Aug 2005
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
How did everyone on their harvest? After a few years without any success I had a hive fill up two supers. I got about 6 gallons. Man it has been fun selling some to buy some more equipment and given a lot away. It has definitely reenergized me on beekeeping. Trying to get my other three hives good and healthy going into winter because I want more of this.


arbe25
Member since Sep 2017
219 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
My dad and I robbed and extracted the 28-29th and made 78 gallons on about 18 hives. That’s way down from last year, which was 108 gallons on about the same number of hives. I think my dad split too many of his good hives and it cost him in the long run.


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

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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I think my dad split too many of his good hives and it cost him in the long run.


I have been considering doing 2 early fall splits to avoid this, I left plenty of honey for this option but not sure it is the way to go.

Any of you experienced guys please wade in....


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

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Do you have mated queens available? If not, I wouldn’t make any splits in the fall. Most of the drones have been kicked out of the hives and / or died by then. If your split colony makes a queen, there’s a good chance she won’t be mated and their numbers would slowly decline until the colony dies off.


Columbia
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Member since Mar 2016
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
For those of y’all that treat, when do you start


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

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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Do you have mated queens available? If not, I wouldn’t make any splits in the fall. Most of the drones have been kicked out of the hives and / or died by then. If your split colony makes a queen, there’s a good chance she won’t be mated and their numbers would slowly decline until the colony dies off.


What is the latest you would suggest it?, as long as there is still drone brood? or simply spring only?


Bee Man
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Hester, LA
Member since Mar 2018
172 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
You should be safe as long as you’re still seeing drones coming and going from the hive. You may be pushing your luck after July.


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