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Bees

Posted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:38 am
by dollyndrew
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Re: Bees

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:56 pm
by Multifarious
Great picture! Would love to keep bees. I'd like to find someone in my area who would be willing to mentor me a little on it. Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking of keeping bees?

Thanks for sharing! :)

Re: Bees

Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:18 pm
by Syn
Depending where you are it just takes a little digging to find an association or someone willing to share some knowledge . You might want to get appropriate gear ( like a veil ) and read up a bit to attend a session with a more experienced beekeeper so you are not a liability.

Excellant source of information is this website : http://strathconabeekeepers.blogspot.ca/

I am trying some different things before I start another hive, built a safe pen away from the other critters and slowly planting herbs around it thinking something like oregano oils brushing off on bees coming and going might help with their health naturally against fungus and varoa mite . I plan to plant a lot more bee friendly plants as well. The more diversity the better .

Re: Bees

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:54 am
by Multifarious
Thanks Syn! Great advice! I really like your idea of planting for natural pest control too! :D

Re: Bees

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:00 am
by dollyndrew
Yeah - we joined our local bee keepers association and went for three months before we took the plunge... Read everything we could find too.

Lil guy and I have proper gear but DH is building up to no protection at all, just his zen like state to enhance calm in the critters :)

Don't you love his redneck face protector?

Re: Bees

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:53 am
by Multifarious
Wow! Good call regarding joining the association. I think we will definitely look into doing that as well.

As for your hubby's "redneck" face protection and having a zen like state... :lol: Brave man! I think it's just a terrific picture though! We need more people willing to keep bees and to share their knowledge about it!

Thanks again :)

Re: Bees

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:28 am
by dollyndrew
They seem quite happy and we are building up to putting the next level ( honey supers) on, which is where we will get our honey for consumption.

The brood chamber and first super are for the bees :)

Mite count is low and no laying workers ( queen seems to be doing what she should). :P