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        06-06-2013, 12:00 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I had bees for a couple of years before my son was born. I LOVED them! I got the beekeeping for dummies and it's a great book and an easy read. There is also a very helpful beekeeping forum if you google it. Bees are pretty amazing.

    We get pretty cold here too. The bees can do cold but what they can't do is wet. You need to make sure that the hive is situated so no water can seep in or build up in it. The hive I got (for free) had 4" of dead moldy bees in the bottom of it because it wasn't sitting level and when the snow melted it ran into the hive. I thought the colony was all going to die but I cleaned out the mess and the colony started to thrive. They made a TON of honey the first year even after having to start from scratch making the comb on new frames.

    I got rid of the bees once my son was crawling. I have tons of clover in my lawn and after I got stung on the bottom of my foot from stepping on a bee I figured I'd better do something before my son got stung. I am also allergic to bees so my foot got so big id didn't fit in my shoe. All that aside, now that my son is older, I would love to get bees again. They don't take much time in the winter or summer but in the spring and fall they can be time consuming. Good luck with your new colony! What kind of bees are you getting?
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        07-02-2013, 01:36 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Well, a few minor setbacks...

    We were entirely too busy with work the past few weeks so no bees yet, :(...

    They should be here next week possibly. Our friend is bringing them up early in the morning and then we plan on making a day of it out here visiting and taking an ATV ride in the forest. So it's been hard scheduling a day that works best for us all.

    Going to get that book BC, thanks!

    Anyone ever made mead? Sounds delish!
         
        07-24-2013, 11:03 AM
      #13
    Trained
    My bees are HOME!!!! Got two lovely hives, SUPER loaded with honey!
    Getting ready to add another super but I'll be able to take a few frames in a week to try my hand at extracting already!

    PERFECT day, cool and overcast so there will be as little stress as possible. I can't thank my dear friend enough for bringing me such a wonderful setup! I'm so STOKED!!!!!



    I'm a Beekeeper!!!!

         
        07-25-2013, 09:57 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    My dad was a commercial beekeeper before he passed away, he was also a quality control inspector for NASA, and it was his bees that went into space years ago. My brother took over the business years ago, and does just great.
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        08-01-2013, 05:43 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Global warming? My bees do not come out of the hive until around noon it is so cool here in the lower hills of oregon.
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