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jimjackandjose
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
You don’t have more problems to combat?


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dstone12
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Joe Rohan interviewed some guy that grows mushrooms.

He said that bees need mushrooms for nutrients.

May be a good idea to plant mycinea mushrooms by the boxes.


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angus1838
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
The water situation is definitely something to watch out for. If you have water troughs for livestock or any kind of water containers put a board or log in them so the bees can get on them to drink. Also this time of year i like to feed mine sugar water. Once again i highly recommend buying a nuc cause there bee keeper will go through the box with you and you can see if the bees are pretty docile. Nothing worse than trying to work an extremely aggressive hive and with packages or swarms you just don't know.


cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Anyone want to chime in on which species of bee they have and their thoughts.

Also is anyone going to do a split and wish to sell/trade/give some?


Columbia
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I went with Italian bees. They just seem to be the best all around bee. They also seem to be the most popular in the southeast. I haven’t spoke to another beer that has anything else, so it will be helpful should i need to borrow/buy resources.


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baldona
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
How many acres you have OP? You are gonna want at least a couple acres or you will have considerable bees flying around. My dad’s a bee keeper and all the bee keepers will tell you that a half acre lot is plenty and you will never notice the bees, and they are all full of shite. They don’t notice the bees because they are used to them. My dad always has one or 3 hives in his half acre lot back yard and most of the year you notice them walking up to his front door. Not horribly, but you can see more bees than a normal house. Then his back yard they are all over, you gotta wear shoes in the grass especially kids because the bees are all in the grass. He has around 20 hives but does rescues so he keeps them in his backyard occasionally before taking them to his land.

As said, it’s like gardening tomatoes or something. It’s not easy but not hard, it just takes a little work. Also, as said to harvest the honey unless you just want to eat the comb you need a centrifuge or find someone that will let you borrow their own.

The good news is, as said also, most of the bee keepers are super nice and will talk your ear off and let you borrow their crap.
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Bee Man
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Member since Mar 2018
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I might be able to help out. I have to get my son on the bus in a few minutes, then off to work, so I’ll probably have to give you some information now and some this afternoon.

Just my opinions:

Flow Hive:
The bad perceptions aren’t fully warranted. Most come from old time beekeepers who are set in their ways and aren’t open to new ideas. Others come from people who don’t know anything about them other than a video or two that they saw on YouTube. I have two flow hives and multiple standard Langstroth hives.
The good - the Flow Hives really do function as advertised. There is absolutely no decapping, filtering, extruding, or cleanup needed. None! You turn the key and honey comes out, ready to jar.

The bad - it is pretty difficult to remove the flow cells to ensure they are full and capped before draining them. There’s no handle on them and they get pretty heavy when full. It can be a battle to get them out.

What’s not advertised is that, as a responsible beekeeper, you should still open the hive periodically to inspect it for health, diseases, activity, etc. Their advertising doesn’t mention this and is partly why beekeepers don’t care for the Flow Hive. They figure that it will attract many new beekeepers who neglect inspecting their hives, potentially spreading diseases to other apiaries.

Lastly, they are pretty expensive. As I mentioned, they work as adverstised, but are they worth the cost? In my opinion, probably not, but they are really, really cool.



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cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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How many acres you have OP?


Far more than enough I imagine, where I plan to put them is not within 1,000 yards of any structure. If that is not far enough I will move them farther away.


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Also, as said to harvest the honey unless you just want to eat the comb you need a centrifuge or find someone that will let you borrow their own.


Hence why I think I want a Flowhive, if I enjoy it I will get some normal boxes and the necessary equipment for extraction.


jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
4032 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
The harvest was the fun part for me. I dont have flow hives.

I have 3 hives a 150 yds from my house and never see the bees. Have 3 acres total.

I plan to put out swarm catchers soon at my home and also my property in tensas. I see bees there often. I can hook you up if you want one


Bee Man
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Member since Mar 2018
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Just my 2 cents: part 2

As someone mentioned above, the best book that I’ve read is Beekeeping for Dummies. It’s very easy to read and understand. You should be able to find a copy on Amazon for under $15.

By far, the cheapest way to get started is to build a swarm trap and catch a wild colony. If you Google swarm trap plans, you’ll see several. A swarm trap is just a large box with empty frames that you hang in a tree and “bait” with a couple drops of lemongrass oil. Each spring worker bees send out scouts to find another suitable location to move into and make another hive. Once they move in, give them a few days and then take the box down, remove the frames with new comb and bees, and place them in one of your hive boxes.

You have plenty enough property for bees. You can actually keep them in your backyard in a subdivision if you wanted to. They will travel up to 3 miles to food sources if needed. Placing them near a wooden fence or obstruction makes them fly up and away rather than low across a neighbor’s back yard when they leave the hive.

If you’re dead set on getting a Flow Hive, there running a “special” right now.

LINK

I’ll try to figure out how to post a link of a time lapse video of my Flow Hive in action for you to see if interested.

Also, if interested, you can check out my beekeeping facebook page for other cool vidoes. Just search for River Parish Apiaries and Bee Removal.



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clickboom
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I have one hive, but I help a guy who has over 500. It is a really cool and rewarding hobby. They are pretty low maintenance for the most part. You just need to check them fairly regular during flow as in every 7-10 days to make sure they aren’t filling up the frames and running out of room.

The book Backyard bee keeper is a wealth of knowledge. Like someone said earlier, find a bee club or the best route is to find someone who has several hives to teach you with hands on experience.

Check out Mann Lake they are a huge beekeeper supplies company. They have a location in Marshall, Texas if you happen to be in driving distance of that.

Highly recommend getting a full beesuit. I have a Provent jacket and they can pop you through jeans, but it doesn’t happen as much as you would think. If you go the jacket route make sure to tape your pant legs and tuck in your shirt. You are going to sweat your arse off, and remember sweat runs down your back If you feel it run up your back, it isn’t sweat and you are about to get stung. Bee suits are not bee proof, they are bee resistant. YOU WILL GET STUNG.

Have fun with it, they really are some of the coolest, most complex little critters on this planet and we need them to survive.



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Columbia
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Nice Videos


Bee Man
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Thanks man. It’s just a hobby, but I enjoy it.


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cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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As someone mentioned above, the best book that I’ve read is Beekeeping for Dummies. It’s very easy to read and understand. You should be able to find a copy on Amazon for under $15.


already ordered it as I certainly am a dummy on this topic.

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By far, the cheapest way to get started is to build a swarm trap and catch a wild colony. If you Google swarm trap plans, you’ll see several. A swarm trap is just a large box with empty frames that you hang in a tree and “bait” with a couple drops of lemongrass oil. Each spring worker bees send out scouts to find another suitable location to move into and make another hive. Once they move in, give them a few days and then take the box down, remove the frames with new comb and bees, and place them in one of your hive boxes.


I plan on attempting this, just not sure how successful I will be.


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Also, if interested, you can check out my beekeeping facebook page for other cool vidoes. Just search for River Parish Apiaries and Bee Removal.



thanks and I will


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cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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I plan to put out swarm catchers soon at my home and also my property in tensas. I see bees there often. I can hook you up if you want one




absolutly

I plan to hang a trap where I live and another one or two at my farm in Natchez.

I have a fried with property next to a very large commercial bee company but feel it would be poor form to try and capture one there.


Bee Man
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Hester, LA
Member since Mar 2018
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Not poor form at all man. If you catch a swarm there, the hive would have swarmed anyway. You just happened to have intercepted it before they set up shop in the wall of someone’s house. Get em!

Forgot to mention swarm trap placement. Everything you read says to put them 18’ or higher for the highest success rate. Don’t do it! It’s way too dangerous and 7 of the 8 I caught last year were reachable from ground level. I caught one high in a tree. After getting it down, I told myself that I’d never do that again. It’s extremely difficult to handle from a ladder. I didn’t leave the ground for the next seven.

Try to get ahold of some propolis if possible. Rub it all over the inside of your swarm traps. It works really well.
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Martini
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
My wife has 4 and she has been getting 40 or so gallons of honey but lost 2 last winter and had one weak hive. She didn’t take any honey to let them build strength. They look good and she has an observation hive she just put a Queen in.

I am the extractor and I gave her a nice hand crank. Her next investment will be an electric centrifuge because that shite wears me out. I keep a pantyhose over the valve to strain the finished honey.

She enjoys it and I’m going to pour her a 12’x12’ concrete pad next week to keep them on and make it a little easier to work.

There was an old man in BR named George Dupere and he had yellow signs with black writing that said Got a Bee Problem Call George. He was a friend and got her started. Died last year.
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GRIZZ
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
My dad started with 2 hives. In year 1, they produced about 8 gallons of honey. In year 2, my brother captured a swarm and placed it in one of his empty boxes. Dad now has 3 hives and more honey than he knows what to do with. Great hobby. It isn't cheap to get started though.


jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Do you guys treat for mites? When is best time?

I’m winter, do y’all just let them be or feed them?


cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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Do you guys treat for mites


This had me leaning to buying some Russian bees, just dont know enough to make an informed decision.

If I can catch some I am going with those but if I buy I THINK I will go the Russian route or possibly Carniolan however I am sure the wife will want Buckfast if she ever sees one.


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