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Old 02-22-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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I just registered with the Department of Agriculture as a beekeeper. My bees come in May. I can't say how excited I am to eventually be able to make all my own mead from honey and berries produced on my own property.

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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Your honey, your berries, your mead, it tastes so much better that way! WVMJ

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Old 02-23-2013, 12:00 AM   #3
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Verge, My wife and I were looking to get a hive or two for our farm… In what state do you live and what is the procedure for getting some.

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Tully, just search for a local beekeepers group in your area, time is running out on ordering bees soon, people are already getting ready to put out new colonies. WVMJ

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My father had bees when I was growing up, I sure do miss them. most beneficial and relaxing hobby out there IMO

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Whats the start-up cost to do this? I would google but I'm about to take off to the store?

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Old 02-23-2013, 09:16 PM   #7
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I'm in Nova Scotia, so I don't know much about aquiring bees in any other province or in the States. The startup cost for me will be the cost of bees, which is about 150 bucks. I'm building my own hive - a warré hive - which anyone who knows how to use a handsaw and swing a hammer should be able to do with some scrap lumber. Here, we simply register with the Department of Agriculture and then go to it.

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Beekeeping is a lot of fun, unless you have bears.

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Beekeeping is a lot of fun, unless you have bears.
Or a bee allergy!

Awesome verge. I figured you were canuk when you had to register, lol. We can have bees and chickens w/o the dept of AG. ( just messing with ya) apiaries are key to our agrian future, keep it up.
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:41 AM   #10
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Hahaha yeah we can have chickens without registering too ... actually, I think you can have most any sort of livestock except bees. There have been massive campaigns to prevent bees from entering the province in order to keep out various diseases, and they've been pretty effective. There's really just one woman who oversees all the bee-keeping in the province, and she's terrific to work with. The registration is free and you just give name, number, address, and number of hives. Not very intrusive, or I probably wouldn't have filled it out. And after sending it in you get a nifty package of bee-keeping information and contacts, too.

And speaking of an agrarian future, I also have a small cider orchard, barley harvest, and hop garden in mind...

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