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Old 09-02-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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Anyone here into it?

I went to a class here at the Library earlier this year and got interested but didn't have a good spot with the right vegetation. Snagged a great spot a couple weeks ago and used this Holiday to start on my hive boxes. Can't wait to get started with it all.

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Old 09-02-2008, 06:10 PM   #2
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Can we have pictures and updates?

I'd love to but it's not allowed on the plot I have.

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Old 09-02-2008, 07:06 PM   #3
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User "moonshae" keeps bees. He's in my local club and always a source for good discussion on the topic.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:09 PM   #4
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I Too hope to get into it, jus for my own honey needs. I've found a local guy that has bees that I'm hoping to get to be my Elmer of sorts... but he's pretty strange fellow....I'm not holding a lot of hope.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:16 PM   #5
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A guy at work has started as well. He wanted to have his own honey and also help protect the world population. I'll ask how it's going.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:55 PM   #6
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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
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:11 PM   #7
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have had bees for 15 yrs

best if you live on several acres and they are not in plain sight

if you will be needing "package" bees next spring locate a supplier soon; they may want a deposit. then have everything ready in April.

Elevated hive stands made of 4X4's set in the ground and sticking up about 16" with 2x4 cross pieces are nice. Save stooping down and stings on the ankles.

It is usually necessary to register with the state. They will come out and get a GPS reading of your hive location and come by every few years to check for pests and diseases.

In Texas, Dadant in Paris is a good supplier of equipment. There are several bee suppliers in the state.

Beekeeping is like homebrewing; do it for the fun and not to try and save $. Initial expense may be $500-1000 with $100/year expense to keep 2-3 hives buzzing.
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So TX, did you get those boxes up and runnning?
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bees... oh HELL no! those things are pure evil. a friend of a friend keeps bees though and is really into it. When I ask him how many times he's been stung he always saise (with a grin) a few, its not so bad, ya just gotta move slow or they get mad....
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I started beekeeping this past summer. I'm on a 1/3 acre suburban lot. Last month we harvested honey - 50 lbs of it - and I, of course, started my first mead. The rest has gone into 1 and 2 pound bottles for our own use and for Christmas gifting. I handle my bees regularly, usually without gloves or a veil. I have been stung four times in four months. My neighbors know I have bees, and they loved receiving a bottle of my honey. Another side benefit of beekeeping is that their pollenating will improve the yield of your gardens, and, of course, your neighbors' gardens. As bees will forage up to 6 miles from the hive, the vegetation you have on your property is completely immaterial to their success. It's a great hobby that fits hand in glove with brewing and I highly recommend it to anyone who is at all curious. Give it a try. If it doesn't work out, your equipment is readily resaleable.

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