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Old 03-12-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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Bee Keeping

Has anyone here ever done the bee keeping thing? I'm curious. I have the space to keep a couple hives and was wondering about the logistics of such an endeavor/hobby.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #2
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usually when I need an uninteresting hobby, I watch paint dry. But I guess beekeeping would work, too.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:18 PM   #3
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no. you can't cuddle with bees.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:27 PM   #4
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
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no. you can't cuddle with bees.
He could find a nice queen
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From what I understand, bee keeping is kind of an art unto itself. It's not a "set and forget" kind of hobby and requires involvement and interest. I suggest picking up a book or two and reading about it. You might like it.

http://www.njbeekeepers.org/
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My dad keeps bees on my grandparents farm. I don't know much about it but I can ask him. From what I've seen, not much space is required aside from where you actually keep the bees. I guess it really depends on how many bees/how much honey you intend to try to get.
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I have had bees for five years. What do you want to know? If you are wanting to have them this year you should get your supplies and bees on order soon. You'll want the hive going as early as possible. They are a lot of work when you have to do stuff but otherwise they are a lot of fun to watch. A lot of problems with hives dying off the last few years and it is still unknown why. I can help you pick out the needs equipment if you want.
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One of my hobbies is raising extremely aggressive, Africanized killer bees. I keep them in a special hive in my basement. Anytime I hear about someone setting up a new hive in the neighborhood or my town I will gather up about a thousand of my special bees into a bag, go to the person's house, and release my bees in the middle of the night. My bees home in on the new hive, kill all the worker bees, enslave the queen, and start propagating. Within a few days the bees will start attacking the beekeeper and all nearby humans. As a self-described practitioner of the apian arts, I find this a satisfying and beautiful way to interact with nature.
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My Mom does. One hive, for maybe 10 years now. She bought it used (transportation is interesting, lol), and hasn't ever medicated...which is absolutely not the norm. Maybe she's lucky, I don't know. I can see the "back to nature" argument. She doesn't disturb them unless it's necessary or.time to harvest. She also doesn't rob as much honey as most people (leaves more for them) .

If you live in an area with the right plants and trees, the honey is amazing.
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You can go kinda extreme with a wooden bee box and all the legit equipment for a few hundred bucks. You need to populate hte hive they dont just randomly appear in the hive. Or you can do it simple like my buddy who just used a cardboard box. Its a lot of work no matter what.
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We actually have a bee keeping class at my college.
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When I was a kid my dad had some beehives. They were just some basic wood boxes with wooden slats for the honey. I painted them white on the outside. He ordered some bees through the mail. We had 4 wooden boxes of bees delivered to us with 10,000 bees in each box. The mailman put us first on his list for delivery that day .......lol

We got a little honey from them but not much. It was just for fun to watch the bees and allow them to pollinate the few fruit trees we had in the yard. Something came along after 2 years and killed them all off.

I have heard that the current problem with honeybees is related to a fungus, but who knows.
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My uncle would keep his bees in our small backyard, and that is when I found out I was allergic to bee stingers.
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My best friend owns a lot of bee's on his parents land. It's a love or hate thing. I personally hate it because you'll get stung occasionally.
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What happened joe? NJ deny your permit to purchase application so you're resorting to bees?

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