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Old 02-24-2013, 12:56 PM   #11
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Its area specific, search your local area for beekeepers associations, those folks can tell you what kind of equipment you need, where to get bees that can survive in your kind of climate. I have had honey from MI, it was very good, are you in an orchard area or wild area? WVMJ

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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 02-24-2013, 01:21 PM   #12
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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.
Glad to hear you're taking a simple, less conventional approach than the traditional langstroth hive. I've moved to the horizontal top bar hive for this year in my apiary. I'd be very interested to hear about your experience with the warre!

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:32 PM   #13
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Glad to hear you're taking a simple, less conventional approach than the traditional langstroth hive. I've moved to the horizontal top bar hive for this year in my apiary. I'd be very interested to hear about your experience with the warre!
I'll be sure to post a review of my experiences! I'm not entirely sold on the rhetoric of the warré being the most sustainable hive, but I certainly agree with the abbé's argument that it's a low-maintenance and backyard-friendly approach to apiculture that is especially suited for beekeepers on a budget. I plan to read David Heaf and Phil Chandler's work on warré and other top-bar hives in the Spring, and perhaps they'll convince me of the other benefits. I'm a sucker for empirical evidence, so I'll probably only believe that the Warré is actually more sustainable (ie, does not promote problems with colonies to the extent a Langstroth does) after seeing the results of people who have conducted some real tests.

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:45 PM   #14
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I'll be sure to post a review of my experiences! I'm not entirely sold on the rhetoric of the warré being the most sustainable hive, but I certainly agree with the abbé's argument that it's a low-maintenance and backyard-friendly approach to apiculture that is especially suited for beekeepers on a budget. I plan to read David Heaf and Phil Chandler's work on warré and other top-bar hives in the Spring, and perhaps they'll convince me of the other benefits. I'm a sucker for empirical evidence, so I'll probably only believe that the Warré is actually more sustainable (ie, does not promote problems with colonies to the extent a Langstroth does) after seeing the results of people who have conducted some real tests.

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Phil chandlers book, The barefoot beekeeper, is a very worthwhile read on horizontal top bar hives.

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:56 PM   #15
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Subbing. I'm working on convincing my wife we should move out of the city on the edge of the burbs and get a bigger house with a massive lot. With the massive lot comes tons of veggies and hopefully bee-keeping (of super-small proportions).

Anxious to see how the bees fare. Good luck!

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:33 PM   #16
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Wow you are up there, eh? I'm from buffalo so I like ribbing y'all. I love the sounds of your plan. Were talking about doing something similar when we get out the south.

We actually have a great relationship with the dept of AG, the county and city. If you register your hives you get the 411 on pesticide spraying schedules and they'll actually avoid your hive. It also gets you hive assistance and monitoring. ( the good kind) our local beekeeper association has really coalesced.

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Old 02-26-2013, 03:05 AM   #17
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Subbing. I'm working on convincing my wife we should move out of the city on the edge of the burbs and get a bigger house with a massive lot. With the massive lot comes tons of veggies and hopefully bee-keeping (of super-small proportions).

Anxious to see how the bees fare. Good luck!
Thanks! And I think that's a great idea. Growing my own food is one of my greatest pleasures.

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Wow you are up there, eh? I'm from buffalo so I like ribbing y'all. I love the sounds of your plan. Were talking about doing something similar when we get out the south.

We actually have a great relationship with the dept of AG, the county and city. If you register your hives you get the 411 on pesticide spraying schedules and they'll actually avoid your hive. It also gets you hive assistance and monitoring. ( the good kind) our local beekeeper association has really coalesced.

Bonne chance
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:10 AM   #18
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Beekeeping is a lot of fun, unless you have bears.
Thats why my grandfather sold his hives.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:15 PM   #19
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Virginia has a grant program for new hives. You can get $200 for each new hive you put in, up to $2400.

 
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Virginia has a grant program for new hives. You can get $200 for each new hive you put in, up to $2400.
I wish this was the case for me. That would pay for the bees, hive, and still give me a bit of cash left over to buy some celebratory malt.
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