Honey bees

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by likes2grill, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. likes2grill

    likes2grill Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 3, 2009
    Lake Butler, Florida
    Is there any beeks on the forum? I have one hive that I need to split now. I love keeping bees they are so interesting to watch.
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    I am not one myself but to answer your Question there are quite a few Bee keepers around the forum, just keep your eyes open. maybe make a Bee post or something and they will show up.

  3. NanaKat

    NanaKat True BYC Addict Premium Member

    We have had bees for several years....nothing like pure honey.

    We have collected bee swarms as well as purchased bees from a local beekeeper.
    And we have separated our hives. Last year we lost a few hives to bee collapse.

    Separating a hive is something I usually schedule for the late spring with there is plenty of food source plants available. If you separate now, make sure you provide plenty of honey for each hive, enough brood in chambers to support both hives and you may have to supplement the food this winter. Hopefully your queens will have plenty of time to lay eggs for the winter hatch. Part of a successful wintering is plenty of active bees to keep the hive warm.
  4. likes2grill

    likes2grill Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 3, 2009
    Lake Butler, Florida
    Golden rod is in full bloom here and being in a warn weather state helps. I may have to feed later in the winter but not for long.
  5. GwenDellAnno

    GwenDellAnno Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2009
    Water Valley, AB
    I'm planning to build a top-bar hive this winter to be ready for (hopefully??) a swarm come spring..... we'll see.

    Anyone here have any experience with top bar hives???
  6. likes2grill

    likes2grill Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 3, 2009
    Lake Butler, Florida
    I did a TBH for awhile now I just use 8 frame mediums. They make it essayer to transport.
  7. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    Try PM'n Miss Prissy she does bees and I think they built their hive.
  8. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    S.E Ind
    We are planning on getting some bees in the spring. We are going to build a top- bar hive, similar to what's shown in the current issue of Mother Earth News. [​IMG]
  9. algopurple

    algopurple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2008
    Ripley TN
    I personally would not want to risk splitting a hive this late in the year but like you said, it is much warmer there than here.
    So glad to see there are other beeks here. I really don't like the other bee keeping forums I have found.
  10. MullersLaneFarm

    MullersLaneFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 26, 2008
    NW IL Fiber Enabler
    Another beekeeper here, fwiw

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