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Bee Man
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
No problem Weagle.


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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’m not sure about flower bed plants or flowers, other than lavender,


100% agree on the lavender

My wife has some planted in a bed and quite a few bees are there first stop every morning.

The also seem to really like mint which I found surprising, I mean really like it.

I have also found ANYTHING that flowers yellow is targeted.


Cajunate
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?


Not planting for bees related but bees can use a place to drink water. I noticed last week that there were a lot of honey bees flying around the back of my son's truck bed. A closer look and I see every day at least 12 - 20 bees during the day drinking from a puddle of water in the bed of the truck. Very cool to watch and realize that they need water too. Maybe putting a planter tray of water near flowers they visit would help them.


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

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Another cool video Columbia. Have you tried one of these? They make catching the queen and marking her much easier.

LINK


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

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Good pics Cajunate. Some people put bird feeders with stones or pebbles in them (sonthe bees don’t drown) near their hives.

The bees really get to be a nuisance around swimming pools. Once they find a good source of water, it’s hard to persuade them to go somewhere else.


lsuson
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NOLA
Member since Oct 2013
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Tell me about it. I hate seeing dead bees in my pool. I may have to try the bird feeder with pebbles to help them out


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WeagleEagle
Auburn Fan
Folsom Prison
Member since Sep 2011
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Nice video. What is everyone's thoughts on supplemental feeding?


Columbia
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Land of the Yuppies
Member since Mar 2016
2068 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Haven’t tried that catcher yet. May have to buy one.

I fed my nukes up until the flow. One hive backed off on taking it. The other started back filling comb so I just quit feeding. Not sure what to do when dearth hits. Just put honey supers on yesterday.

I have lots of questions on what to do with honey management going into summer dearth. Everything I’ve read says to remove syrup when adding supers, so I did that. But what about once dearth hits. I know I need to leave enough honey for them to make it through dearth period and through the winter. Yes, it’s my first year, so I may not get any honey for myself. So many variables and so many questions.


WeagleEagle
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
You have a head start on me. All the ones I have were caught swarms. None seemed to be massive. I checked them all the last few days. They vary from 6 frames filled to 3. I know I'm not getting honey this year. I just want to make sure they are beefed up and as ready as possible to survive winter. They should have plenty of food naturally where I am located. I planted an acre of sunflowers and wild flowers. They are coming up now. Hopefully that will help this summer.


Columbia
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
That’s great! How many swarms have you caught?


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

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I don’t think it’s a bad idea, but I don’t do it often. If I do a hive cut out during the dearth, I feed them to help them get re-established.

I admit that they do get pissy during the dearth if you don’t feed them though. They get extremely defensive of their honey at that time of year.

Columbia, after you harvest your honey around late June, you can start feeding them. The problem with feeding them before then is that they’ll be making “sugar water” honey instead of real nectar honey. That, in itself, is not a huge deal, but if you’re selling it, people say it’s not “real” honey.


Columbia
Houston Astros Fan
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re: Anyone here keep Bees?
How much honey do you leave on when harvesting in late June?


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

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Only what’s in the hive bodies. The honey in the supers is mine.


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

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Some people take a small harvest in late fall also after the goldenrod blooms. I typically leave most of that for them to get through winter.


WeagleEagle
Auburn Fan
Folsom Prison
Member since Sep 2011
1224 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Great info. I caught three swarms and lost one to beetles. As long as they continue to grow I won't feed. If they seem to stall, should I? You want two deeps full going into late fall?


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

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Two full deeps going into winter is ideal. Since you shouldn’t have at honey the first year, it wouldn’t hurt to feed as soon as the nectar flow ends.

I don’t remember the ratios, but if you look it up, there are different sugar to water ratios to encourage queen laying or to build more comb.


WeagleEagle
Auburn Fan
Folsom Prison
Member since Sep 2011
1224 posts

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
I need to move two hives. One about a mile and the other 50 feet. I'm not able to move them "16" miles away for a few days. I plan to block the entrance and move them before daylight. I've read if you put a lot of debri like twigs and small limbs in front of the hive, it forces them to recalibrate when they leave. Any advice on moving bees short distances?


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

re: Anyone here keep Bees?
Just what you said. Move them at night and put A LOT of branches/twigs/leaves in front of the entrance. The thought is that when they exit the hive in the morning and see all the debris, they think that the hive “fell” and is in a new location. They reorient themselves around the new hive location before going out to forage.

I’ve done it a couple times with success, but never went back the original hive location to see if there were some bees going back to it.

I can tell you for sure that if you move one just 5 or 10 feet with no debris, they get screwed up big time. They’ll ball up where the hive was originally; even for days sometimes.


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