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BrookhavenBengal
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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Who all is gearing up for trapping season?


I'll be hanging traps this weekend! I'm so pumped to be getting back in the game. Had several colonies a while ago, but eventually lost them all and haven't gotten the itch to start again until recently. Met Dr. Leo Sharashkin and am totally taken with horizontal hives. Suddenly, I have bees on the brain!


arktiger28
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Do any of y’all take a more treatment free approach?


BrookhavenBengal
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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Do any of y’all take a more treatment free approach?


That's what we plan to do. I've really been fascinated by Dr. Leo Sharashkin's presentations, which make perfect sense to me, so "natural beekeeping" it is for us.



ETA: oops. having mentioned Leo in two consecutive posts makes it look kinda spammy. Sorry about that. Didn't mean it to look that way.
This post was edited on 2/19 at 5:33 am


cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Update

The weak hive looks like it will struggle through and I left an empty box out and the strong hive has decided to swarm right into it.

Now back to three the hard way

I will no longer be attempting treatment free beekeeping but good luck to those who try, propane fogger and oxy acid on the way.

ETA have requested ADMIN to add sticky, come on guys put this in the "how to", it is a multi year info thread.
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arktiger28
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
How’s everyone’s swarm trapping going?


lsuson
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
What is treatment free approach?


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Columbia
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I have 3 traps out and no signs yet.


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arktiger28
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Had one of my hives swarm on me yesterday. I was able to get them in my Top Bar I’m trying out. They were still in there this morning so hopefully I’m good.


Columbia
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I’ve been making splits trying to keep my big hives from taking off.


arktiger28
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
What is your process for making splits?


Columbia
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I do walk away splits

I take 1frame of mixed fresh eggs/larva/brood
1 frame capped brood
1 frame of honey
1 frame pollen
1 empty frame plastic foundation.

I also shake a frame or 2 of nurse bees (make sure queen isn’t on those frames)
I feed them sugar syrup.

I already have a split with a laying queen. Did split on Feb 7. Was a gamble but weather stayed warm.


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planecopy
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Another newbee joining the ranks here. I've always been interested but just started seriously looking at started. I've spent over 60 hours over the last week reading and researching and plan on finding a few local beekeeper associations to check out before I get started.

I don't have any equipment yet so I plan on slowly getting everything over the rest of the year and starting next spring.

There hasn't been much talk about Flow hives other than cave saying they weren't all they are cracked up to be but the Flow Hive 2s look so nice and there are a lot of positive videos out there.


planecopy
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Well I've taken the plunge. I wanted to go ahead and get started and a flow hive wouldn't be available for a few more months so I went ahead and bought a deep ten frame box and a medium 10 frame box as well as a good bit of tools. It's for the best. If I got a flow hive I wasn't even planning on using it until next year. Should hopefully have everything set up by next weekend. Can anyone answer a few questions I have?

1. I plan on getting a nuc with some established frames in it if I can. From that point on would I need to be feeding them any sugar water to help them along or will they be fine this late in the year?

2. If any of yall feed do you add any Honey B Healthy or anything? I see HoneyBHealthy, VitaminBHealthy, are pretty well respected and there is also an amino-b booster and honeybhealthy plus. Are all of these needed or some kind of combo or none?

3. Do I need frame feeder for water? I just really want to make sure they do not try to go to a neighbors pool for water.

4. It looks like the best position for me will be to have the hive facing west instead of east, is this a big deal?


Thanks if anyone can offer any advice. I live near Birmingham if it matters.
This post was edited on 4/11 at 12:28 am


cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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1. I plan on getting a nuc with some established frames in it if I can. From that point on would I need to be feeding them any sugar water to help them along or will they be fine this late in the year?

2. If any of yall feed do you add any Honey B Healthy or anything? I see HoneyBHealthy, VitaminBHealthy, are pretty well respected and there is also an amino-b booster and honeybhealthy plus. Are all of these needed or some kind of combo or none?

3. Do I need frame feeder for water? I just really want to make sure they do not try to go to a neighbors pool for water.

4. It looks like the best position for me will be to have the hive facing west instead of east, is this a big deal?




From my limited experiance I would transfer from Nuc to deep and face it any direction you like and leave them alone, hold off on the medium till they need the space.

Just let them do their bee thing, seriously.
This post was edited on 4/11 at 2:56 am


dstone12
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Good news for us:



We thought our bees were dead three months ago.

None in the boxes.


Then two weeks ago we saw ten, then forty and now about a hundred.

The must have left and came back.


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planecopy
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Thanks for the response. I still have a ton of questions but I think I can work through most of that myself when the time comes but I'm still undecided on the placement of my hive.

If anyone cares to waste 30 seconds here is a video of my back yard. The front of the house faces east so the direction I'm walking is west. I was thinking of placing them right at the end of the chain link fence facing away from the house to fly out down the hill into the empty valley. However now I am leaning at putting them at the bottom of the hill in the sunny spot. I could still face them west to fly out that direction but could I face them east towards the house for morning sunlight? Is that far enough from the house and neighborhood that they would turn around and go all over?

Youtube

Second video from bottom of hill


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arktiger28
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Anybody ever messed around with observation hives. I think I have lost my mind during the quarantine. I've built a 4 frame observation hive for inside my house. I have found that most of my mistakes have been due to lack of knowledge. I figure this might help. I also suck at finding the queen so this should help with that as well. I should be done with it this week.

Image: https://i.imgur.com/gwITKPA.jpg
This post was edited on 4/25 at 10:33 pm


windshieldman
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Anyone ever tried a top bar hive? Just looking on opinions with those.


windshieldman
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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Anyone ever tried a top bar hive? Just looking on opinions with those.


Bumping for this question. I've read several books on bees. I know you don't get as much honey for a top bar hive but I figured it would be enough just for us at the house and maybe to give some away. Curious if a top bar hive would be ok for a newbie to try and the pros and cons.


dstone12
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Our bees came back!

How does that happen?


Thought they were done. I had 40 for two months. or so, now back up to150


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