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Old 12-17-2010, 11:10 AM   #11
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Funny this came up...I was just reading in one of my Foxfire books about how the old timers used to harvest hives in the forest and move them into their own homemade boxes. It sounded neat. Anyone caught or harvested bees from the "wild" so to speak? Is it still advisable given the disease potential?

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Old 12-17-2010, 03:30 PM   #12
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I have been very interested in this hobby as well, but have not had a chance to get into it yet.

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Old 12-17-2010, 06:22 PM   #13
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if anyone gets into it, you have to adopt the following slogan:

"i'd rather bee keeping."

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Anyone caught or harvested bees from the "wild" so to speak?
Sorta. My mother hung a huge bird house in her backyard. No birds, but instead a huge colony of bees took up residence. My brother helped her lift the top of it sometime this fall and they got a little bit of honey just to taste. My mom said it was watery, I don't know, I did not get to taste it. They're still there doing their thing and going strong. I'm thinking of getting her a proper box & frames...
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:12 PM   #15
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My wife really wants to start beekeeping. We live in a subdivision so I'm not sure now the HOA will feel about it. But I figure if we wait until we get a fence what they don't know won't hurt them. I think it would be fun and will definitely go hand in hand with brewing. Any tips for newbies?

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Old 12-17-2010, 08:31 PM   #16
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I was supposed to get some Honey from a friend at Church who has a hive at his lakehouse but apparently he didn't as much as he thought this year because he installed a new "super" to the tops of each hive which may have disrupted their work or something like that.
Its pretty cool to watch them, they let you get pretty close. I've seen them defending against a wasp one time when i was out there. Quite the epic little battle.

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Old 12-17-2010, 10:08 PM   #17
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i recently took an interest in this when i saw the price of honey (i'z making a saison)

it would be nice to have some nice fresh honey for beer, mead, braggot, sandwiches, etc. i love honey.

living in oakland, tho, i don't think it's possible (or legal.) i'm sure my neighbors would snap once they got attacked
I live in Oakland and keep bees. I can't seem to find the regulations but I think you can keep them without any issues. There are quite a few people in oakland that do this.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:09 PM   #18
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Funny this came up...I was just reading in one of my Foxfire books about how the old timers used to harvest hives in the forest and move them into their own homemade boxes. It sounded neat. Anyone caught or harvested bees from the "wild" so to speak? Is it still advisable given the disease potential?
Yes, it is common to collect swarms. Usually they are form someone else hive. It's easy and fun.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:25 AM   #19
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Probably a dumb question, but would a hive of bees keep away wasps and hornets?

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Old 12-19-2010, 01:12 PM   #20
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This is a video of a guy who lives near me and runs Wild Blossom Wine and Meads as well as our LHBS. I've bought honey from him and its outstanding. He raises bees in downtown Chicago (on the roof of the Michigan Ave. Marriott) and on a reclaimed industrial site along Lake Michigan in southeast Chicago.

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