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Old 05-20-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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Hi there, this is my first post. I've been keeping bees for a few years now with the generous help of Steller Apiary here in Michigan, and have finally harvested my first real haul of honey (with only two hives I'm still just a novice), and have started my first batch of mead. I'm looking forward to getting valuable advice from this forum about brewing. I would like to offer my knowledge about beekeeping to anyone with questions about bees, and hope to get some questions I can't answer so I can build on my weak areas.

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Old 05-20-2013, 03:09 PM   #2
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Steller Apiary in Jackson Michigan specializes in top-bar beekeeping, they have been a huge inspiration and mentors for a random chance beekeeper like myself, and they brew a mighty fine Mead.
http://www.stellerapiaries.com/Kenya..._redirect=true

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Old 05-20-2013, 03:41 PM   #3
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I've been hoping to start keeping bees for some time and hopefully will be able to start in a couple years. I'm moving across country and for at least the first year will be in a rental, so no bee keeping while my duration is unknown.

I think it is an awesome way to make mead making a more affordable hobby. Every time I start a new batch of mead my wife asks me how much money I dropped on the honey...

The MBA student in me also is thrilled at how you have vertically integrated your supply chain...

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Old 05-20-2013, 05:40 PM   #4
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I bought a top bar hive this year, it's currently baited with lemongrass oil, but no one's moved in yet.

I was too late in the season to get on any swarm lists and the package bees are all sold out. You don't have any way of hooking a brother up do ya?

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Old 05-21-2013, 09:40 PM   #5
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If anyone is considering keeping bees, I recommend doing some research about beekeeping, and seeking out other beekeepers in your area for lessons or just an introduction to the hive.
damdaman, it's great you have a hive, finding bees can be tricky, one: look carefully for feral swarms in trees on houses even bbq grills, two: pest control/exterminators get calls every year for honey bee removals, three: I have heard of people finding bees (to remove from a home, or for sale) on Craigslist.
Making mead for cheep I think has led many to this rewarding hobby or even business, the benefit is more in the quality and knowledge of the honey going into the mead more than cost savings.

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Old 05-21-2013, 09:43 PM   #6
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The MBA student in me also is thrilled at how you have vertically integrated your supply chain...
Really solves the hold-up problem, huh.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:20 AM   #7
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We are in our locust tree flow right now, hoping the tulip poplar starts soon, so much stuff blooming right now. We are using foundationless in Lang supers and have a couple top bar hives for fun, they make pretty pictures of combs full of honey. We got one of the Mann Lake top bar hives this year, only 100$ for everything plus they use Lang length top bars which makes switching back and forth easy. WVMJ

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Old 05-22-2013, 01:27 AM   #8
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My aunt planted 2 or 3 acres of wild flowers on her property last year as part of a state funded project to bring more bees. I was thinking of asking to put hives there next year, where is a good place to start my research on bee keeping

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Old 05-22-2013, 02:10 AM   #9
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if i like mead i'll probably start beekeeping.

my fater was a beekeeper and still has the honey sligers/suits and everything really.

Hope my 1st batch of mead turns out right so i'll know if i like it or not
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On a side note I may bee wrong but i think you can just buy a queen been and leave her i a hive and other bees will swarm to her. I could be completely wrong. It was many years ago when i delt with bees

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Old 05-23-2013, 05:31 PM   #10
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Troutcatcher, start your research talking to local beekeepers, and there are many good books about bees and beekeeping, and depending on what kind of beekeeping you consider there are more focused books on hive management, good ol' YouTube has plenty of videos.

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