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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?
I don’t treat, so I can’t help here.


highcotton2
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Alabama
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I was telling y’all earlier in this thread how this guy I work with can handle bees without a suit.
So we were out today and he saw a swarm so he just got a cardboard box and raked them down in it. They were swarming all around him and he never got stung. They may not sting when they are swarming for all I know but it sure looked crazy.

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cave canem
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pullarius dominus
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10725 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
At least he used a fungicide box lol


highcotton2
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Alabama
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
It was either that or a Lambda Cy box. He made a good choice. He left it there and was going to go back tonight after they calmed down and retrieve them


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cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Need some help,

In the last few days I have spotted a few wasp toting bees around and killing them.

As I am unable to denude the world of wasp and am unsure how to teach my ladies Krav Maga does anyone have a reasonable suggestion?


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Columbia
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Member since Mar 2016
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Bees are the calmest when in swarm mode. I wear a jacket when I go through my hives and most days they don’t care that I’m there. Then there is that random day when they’re just pissed off and I’ll continue to be prepared for those days


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BrookhavenBengal
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Brookhaven, MS
Member since Oct 2007
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
So happy to have found this thread! I just read the whole thing in one sitting.

Cave - it's funny seeing your confidence (and your beekeeping vocabulary) develop within just a few minutes (which was really a few months).

I have a "neglected" hive on my little farm, which I haven't touched in more than five years. Apparently, the colony produces "survivor bees," because it just keeps going, and going, and going.

At the beginning of August, I met Dr. Leo Sharashkin at a conference in Missouri. He did a presentation on natural beekeeping and horizontal hives. I was hooked and re-energized. I've been devouring books he recommended, YouTube videos, and now...this thread. I sure hope the thread continues. You guys have been additional inspiration/motivation for me, so thanks!


WeagleEagle
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Folsom Prison
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Any recs on books?


BrookhavenBengal
LSU Fan
Brookhaven, MS
Member since Oct 2007
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Here is a link to the "Books" page on Dr. Sharashkin's website: HorizontalHive.com

You might be able to find better prices elsewhere. I've read (and recommend) Keeping Bees with a Smile and I'm half-way through Keeping Bees in Horizontal Hives (also recommend). Sharashkin helped in translating both and edited the English versions.

Lots of info at his website, and you can also search "Dr. Leo Sharashkin" on YouTube and find a number of videos. A few outstanding ones with him can be found on a channel by the name of "Off Grid with Doug and Stacy."


cave canem
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Member since Oct 2012
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Ok guys a quick question if anyone has an answer, my bees seem to have moved most all the honey down to the lower brood boxes, my setup for brood boxes is 1 deep 2 medium, is there any harm at this point removing the upper medium as it is empty other than wax?


cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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At the beginning of August, I met Dr. Leo Sharashkin at a conference in Missouri. He did a presentation on natural beekeeping and horizontal hives. I was hooked and re-energized. I've been devouring books he recommended, YouTube videos, and now...this thread. I sure hope the thread continues. You guys have been additional inspiration/motivation for me, so thanks!


One of my winter projects is building a horizontal hive from the plans he gives, may just build 2 and have no leftovers going by his cut sheets.

I am a crappy carpenter but they look to be within my skill range.


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Columbia
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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Ok guys a quick question if anyone has an answer, my bees seem to have moved most all the honey down to the lower brood boxes, my setup for brood boxes is 1 deep 2 medium, is there any harm at this point removing the upper medium as it is empty other than wax?


I’m far from the expert on here but I’d definitely remove that empty box.

I’ve learned a ton this first year. Started with 2 hives. Caught a swarm. Lost 2 queens. Hives requeened themselves. And now I have 3 strong hives with plenty of stores going into the cool weather. Fingers crossed I don’t screw anything else up.


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Outdoorreb
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Member since Oct 2019
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I was told by the bee guy that we use, that when they pack the bottoms the bees are expecting a really cold winter.

That was 2 winters ago. That was the coldest winter in a good while. We slayed the ducks that year.


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drdoct
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Member since Oct 2015
847 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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Ok guys a quick question if anyone has an answer, my bees seem to have moved most all the honey down to the lower brood boxes, my setup for brood boxes is 1 deep 2 medium, is there any harm at this point removing the upper medium as it is empty other than wax?


We try to keep a deep and a medium on during the winter. We'll harvest all the honey supers and feed them heavily so they can store up enough syrup to make it through the worse winters. At least that's the goal. Sometimes you misjudge these things but the idea is to not make them protect any areas that they aren't using during the winter. So yeah I'd take that top super off.


cave canem
Mississippi St. Fan
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Member since Oct 2012
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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We try to keep a deep and a medium on during the winter. We'll harvest all the honey supers and feed them heavily so they can store up enough syrup to make it through the worse winters. At least that's the goal. Sometimes you misjudge these things but the idea is to not make them protect any areas that they aren't using during the winter. So yeah I'd take that top super off.




Pulled it already, it shocked me as it was full just a few weeks before, I knew once they made their winter cutdown they would move it down but dang it was a lot and fast.



Columbia
Houston Astros Fan
Land of the Yuppies
Member since Mar 2016
2347 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Beeman, do you carry any sort of insurance or have customers sign any sort of waver when doing cutouts? Wouldn’t mind getting into that. Also, did you make your own bee vac ?


lsuson
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NOLA
Member since Oct 2013
7091 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
When y’all harvest, how much do y’all leave for the bees and how much do you get from one hive?


Columbia
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
This was my first year with my hives, so I left the honey I had on the hive minus 1 frame for me. My whole goal for this year was to keep the bees alive while collecting drawn out frames. Some say to leave 60 lbs of honey for winter; whether in actual honey or fed sugar syrup to add weight back to hive.


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cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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When y’all harvest, how much do y’all leave for the bees and how much do you get from one hive?


I left them a deep and medium untouched, I had another medium on top and anything in it was harvested.

Not sure that is the best plan but it worked well enough it seems, I learned a lot and had a blast.



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

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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do you carry any sort of insurance or have customers sign any sort of waver when doing cutouts? Wouldn’t mind getting into that. Also, did you make your own bee vac?


I don’t, but I honestly got burned out doing cut outs last year. It was always in the back of my mind that I could run across the wrong customer that could cause a lot of headaches for me if they wanted to. I never asked any of them to sign a waiver either.

I was always careful when selecting what jobs I accepted though. No two story jobs and only one indoor job.

I have a Colorado Bee Vac. It works well, but it’s probably not worth the price. I burned the motor up twice with honey pouring on top of it unfortunately.


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