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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    You can buy a bee package, usually 4 lbs of bees and one queen in a box with a few nurse bees. The queen stays in the box until the nurse bees eat their way out (sugar plug) by then the 4 lbs of bees know her scent. You shake the bees into a brood chamber, insert the queen in between two frames.

    Or you buy a nuc (few more bucks) the nuc has 5 frames of comb, honey, workers, a queen, eggs, drones. Gives you a real head start on the summer bee season. For our cold a nuc tends to do better the next winter with that head start. With a nuc you just put the 5 frames into your brood chamber with 5 more empty frames.

    As the bees fill the frames with comb, eggs, larvae you add another box before the last two frames are used.

    I am getting a nuc.

    Queen babies are only made when the hive deeds it necessary, they feed a egg royal jelly which makes it a queen, the first to be born kills the rest of the queens to be.
    They decide when the queen slows down, weakens, or dies that it is time for a new queen.

    They recommend you replace your queen every two years or so
     
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    Fascinating, Addy!
     
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    HARO Pondcrastinator

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    That might work quite well with your presidents also! :biggrin:
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    No kidding, not doing the job take them out ............. umm not the way the bees do it though! lol
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Another little tidbit,

    The honey bee hive is perennial, they overwinter with large numbers of bees feeding on stored honey. Early spring the queen gets busy laying eggs this is when the already large population explodes in size, when the flowers begin to bloom there are thousands of bees to collect it, 20-30 thousand. By mid summer the hive has approx 60000 bees.
     
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    Very interesting! You sure have learned a lot about bees! I will keep following this thread and learning too! Thanks. :blueflower:
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    We will all learn right along w/you. I knew very little about the bees but I bet when you have taught us all you know we'll all "bee" very "bee" smart in the end [​IMG]
     
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    Are you going to be producing your own honey as well, addy?

    We have a meadery about 5 miles from us that produces bee wax products and honey wine. http://www.fallentimbermeadery.ca/
     
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    my dad left a bee keeper put his hives on our farm in trade for free honey and he only used milk paint to paint his hives .He took care of the bees and watched out for bad bees so they would not cause problems with his hives or cause them to leave the hive .The honey was great though .
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    We may or may not get honey the first summer. Since we are getting nucs there is a better chance of getting some. The first summer the bees are working their little buzzing butts off to make a home.
    Once we start getting honey we will probably sell some. I tend to give away stuff, but the investment cost and work makes it dumb to just give away the honey.

    I tried to get someone to put some hives on our land, just could not find any takers, after I bought all the stuff I did find someone that had interest, but too late lol. Now we are going to be bee keepers.

    It keeps the brain young all this learning, exercise the brain cells.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Wait addy you mean the people who were going to help you do all this backed out? Oh my I thought you were doing it together w/ them. Now I'm thinking you are on your own w/all of this.
     
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    yeh changing out the trays and knowing when to do it and leaving them some so they do not starve and marking the queen is not an easy job .I still remember all the empty trays the guy would bring and his smoker and bee suit .I still remember the storm that hit and we had to call the guy because something upset the bees and they swarmed .They covered a tree and the side of the garage .Scarey .He did get them calmed down and got the queen and got them back to the hives but it took hours to do .It sure scared my mom though .
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    No they are still helping, as much as they can. They home school, busy people, they did more of a get me started help. I will be caring for the bees more on my own with some help, they will help us pull the honey. They have all of the equipment. I also joined a beekeepers society, once you join you can borrow the harvest equipment when you need it. The company I am getting the bees from will put hives on your land at their expense and maintain them for the honey. But since I already have all the gear here or coming, some put together, it is now my adventure.

    Yeah sissy they swarm if you don't give them enough room for their brood, if the queen gets weak. Warm spring, cool summer, lack of nectar all factors on caring for them knowing when to feed on and on. Lots to learn.
     
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    I got a little treadmill for MY brain cell! Poor, lonely little guy!!!
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Yeah it is sad when you only have one left!
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I have 2 left but they fight a lot which makes it really hard :biggrinangelA:
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    lol jw The right side cell fighting the left side cell.
     
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    lol Haro has it worked we are really wanting proof also :cheerful:
     
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    I tried to get a picture, but he's been on the treadmill so much that I just can't catch him any more!! :cheerful:
    John
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    utoh escaping brain cell.............post a lookout
     
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