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jimjackandjose
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
If you’re have black bears, you’ll need an electric fence around it. The bears will destroy hives to get to the brood.

After reading all of this, I’ll likely end up splitter by my hives.

I’ll sell you a split if you don’t have any by then


cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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I’ll sell you a split if you don’t have any by then



Sounds great, just give this a bump if you do and I will send you my details


jimjackandjose
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?


Just go ahead and email me your contact info
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cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
done


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Bee Man
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I would put your hives closer to your house so that you can check on them more easily. I understand your concern about mites, but unfortunately, all hives have them regardless of where they are located.


Columbia
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Beeman. What wood do you use for your nucs ? Do you have a simple cut sheet?


DirtyMikeandtheBoys
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Bee Man
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
This is the best one that I’ve come across. You can make 4 nuc boxes with one 1/2” sheet of plywood.

LINK


TheCurmudgeon
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Member since Aug 2014
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Picked up 2 hives yesterday (2 deeps, bottom board, cover). Ordered frames as well, should be delivered Tuesday.

Now I need some bees. Going to put out 2 traps (nuc boxes) and see how that goes.

Dumb question, if bees are in the area can I bait a swarm directly into the hive itself?


poochie
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
This thread is awesome. I have two acres that are next to another 11 acres. This whole area (400’x~1400’) is bordered by houses on all sides. How safe is it to setup a minimal amount of hives in this size area? Safety to children and also to not cause an annoyance to neighbors. Water is plentiful in the area.


jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
You should have plenty of room. I have mine on 2 acres off out of the way and literally never see the bees


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Martini
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Plenty safe. That’s a lot of area. My wife has hers up in the Felicianas but had them off of Choctaw for years.


TheriotAF
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Pretty sure I know the answer but how about a half acre? Haha
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Martini
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Well I know a gal in Broadmoor that has bees and chickens. I had scrambled eggs for dinner from her chickens for dinner.


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cave canem
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Now I need some bees. Going to put out 2 traps (nuc boxes) and see how that goes.



Same here ©BeeQuest2019 kicks off next week for me.

I have managed to locate some old comb and will be placing in some nucs in hopes of catching some.

This should be interesting and the wife will certainly wish to film the show for the sake of posterity.


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cave canem
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Bee Man

Which size and how many brood boxes do you use once your colonies get going?

Seems some swear by one and some are just as vehement about 2 deeps.

The Ebay bug bit and I will have more than enough equipment to get started, planning on three hives, 2 normal 10 frame langstroth in addition to the flowhive.



jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
The guy i bought mine from is selling some nucs if anyone is interested i can pass along info


Bee Man
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Dumb question, if bees are in the area can I bait a swarm directly into the hive itself?


You can. The difficult part is hanging a box that size in a tree. It’s even more difficult removing it when it’s full of bees.

Be sure to have some type of bee hive entrance gate or disc on the swarm trap or hive entrance. You’ll need some way to lock them in while you’re moving the bees to your yard.

You can attempt to bait them into your hive where you will keep them, but that location is usually a little too low and not ideal to catch swarms. It might be worth a shot, but I’d try to find a location that has some of the things that increase your chances (edge of a field, near a water source, and a highly visible landmark). Height is supposed to be another favorable attribute when trying to attract swarms. It’s something like 15-20 feet high. In my opinion, it’s not worth it. It’s very difficult and dangerous handling boxes from a ladder. I hang mine around 5-6’ high.
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Bee Man
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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Which size and how many brood boxes do you use once your colonies get going?


I run two, 10 frame deep boxes per Langstroth hive. Down here in the south, you may be able to get by with only one deep, but I wouldn’t take the chance. You want them to be able to store enough honey and pollen to make it through winter.

My Flow Hives are 8 frame deeps. Likewise, I run two deeps on each of those.
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Bee Man
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
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Pretty sure I know the answer but how about a half acre?


Believe it or not, 1/2 acre is plenty room for a hive. Bees will fly up to 3 miles to find food if they have to, so it doesn’t really matter how small your yard/lot is. There are just a few things to be aware of:

1) Although not required, it’s not a bad idea to inform your neighbors that you will be getting a hive. Typically telling them that you’ll give them a pint of honey will set their minds’ at ease.

2) If you are really tight on space, place some type of “wall” or screen in front of the hive so that they have to fly up and over it to leave the hive. Your neighbors won’t even know they’re there.

3) Depending on where you live, most parishes/counties have a mosquito spraying program. It’s important to call them and tell them that you have bees so that they don’t spray near your house.



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