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Offline Rivers

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beekeeping
« on: May 04, 2019, 06:24:21 PM »
Just wondering whether anyone here is, or was, keeping bees. We're right on the brink of setting up hives.

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Re: beekeeping
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2019, 06:44:41 PM »
Christopher King keeps bees

Offline Rivers

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Re: beekeeping
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2019, 06:52:03 PM »
I googled him but nothing conclusive. Long time no hear, how are you doing?

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Re: beekeeping
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2019, 07:19:08 PM »
For an old man, I'm doing good.

I'll email you his email.

Offline Rivers

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2019, 08:51:11 PM »
After a lot of reading, youtubing and woodworking I jumped in the deep end and have two hives going.  :)




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Re: beekeeping
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2019, 09:39:20 PM »
If you live in the sticks, you gotta be able to do things on you own.  Great looking hives!  Conrats! 

Yogurt with a little honey is sublime.

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2019, 09:48:07 PM »
Yep yep yep... We do a honey vanilla yogurt. You are right, the best way is the Greek way, plain sheep milk yogurt with Greek honey drizzled over it, breakfast of champions. You brought back memories of staying with my girlfriend's relatives in Thessaloniki on our way overland back to the UK from India, 1974

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Re: beekeeping
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2019, 09:55:54 AM »
Cool. Keep us posted.  My grandfather kept bees, and I remember he would just go in and pick up the combs without any mask, gloves, etc.  I think he spoke bee.
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2019, 07:31:07 AM »
I've only suited-up in full once so far, on Monday when transferring the two colonies from nuc boxes to their new hives. One of the nuc boxes was bursting with bees and understandably they were fixing to swarm; there were several swarm cells on the frames. Once I confirmed the queen was still present in the nuc box I scraped-off the swarm cells while moving the frames into the new hive.

For that session full protection was necessary, if only for reducing my stress levels. Since then I've been aiming to let the two colonies focus on drawing out comb on the five new empty frames in each hive. Now both colonies have room to expand hopefully the swarming impulse is reduced. They might still swarm though, nothing is guaranteed with honeybees apparently.

On Monday I'll do a full inspection and some IPM (integrated pest management), treating for the dreaded Varroa mite with formic acid patties. I will be fully suited-up for that.

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