Honey bees

Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:14 pm

As some of you know I am going to install a couple of bee hives in the spring. In preperation I knew where there were a bunch of abandoned hives so I went "pickin" on Thursday. As I was getting ready to leave I saw this in the brush.
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Well this morning Pris and I went back to see if we could do some retrieval.
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There was only about 15 to 20 pounds of honey so I will have to feed them this winter and hope they survive.

I love free.

Re: Honey bees

Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:53 pm

My favorite price, too! Nice find!!!!! Ed

Re: Honey bees

Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:54 pm

ScottyD'sdad wrote:My favorite price, too! Nice find!!!!! Ed



...and pictures too Ed!!
Peter

Re: Honey bees

Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:05 pm

Peter Person wrote:
ScottyD'sdad wrote:My favorite price, too! Nice find!!!!! Ed



...and pictures too Ed!!
Peter


I saw that, Peter! But, its not a minifest! Ed

Re: Honey bees

Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:21 pm

Very cool!

Re: Honey bees

Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:48 pm

Anyone see those guy on American Restorers hose down a hive of honeybees in an old toolbox? Also the E-mail about the guy with the grill cover hiding a huge nest of honeybees, he killed them all.

Re: Honey bees

Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:45 pm

Nice find Cecil, add an inner cover and set a deep on top with a gallon of sweets for them and your on your way.I hope they make it for you.

Re: Honey bees

Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:04 pm

Cool pic :big afro: ,,,,,, Few years ago I was mowing a customers lawn several passes I made under some apple trees on 3rd pass I noticed two large masses of honey bees they looked like a very large basket ball just dripping with bees I shut mower down ran around the house to front door at the point the bees just filled the air by the 1,000's I left my mower there the rest of the day until a local bee keeper came and got the two swarms of bees, he was mega happy to get those bees for free, that was the one and only time I ever saw a wild mass of honey bees a neat thing to see :big afro:

Re: Honey bees

Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:34 am

Michael I added a top feeder yesterday. I wanted them to have a day to calm down. Now if it just gets warm enough for them to use it.

Re: Honey bees

Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:29 am

I found bees to be pretty interesting.

Apparently Indians called them 'white men's flies', they proceeded the westward 'migration'. The are not native here, brought over from Europe.

Funny but before I spoke to Cecil yesterday I saw one clinging to the laundry on the line (good luck getting nectar off of my towel). They have been pretty scarce in the 'big city' lately.

Re: Honey bees

Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:55 am

Here's the link, sad sad story.
http://insects.about.com/od/antsbeeswas ... ecue-1.htm
My Dad moved a wild swarm into a hive probably 50+ years ago, don't know whatever happened to them, but I still have his smoker. Wife's alergic to bee stings so no hive here now.

Re: Honey bees

Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:22 pm

danovercash wrote:Here's the link, sad sad story.
http://insects.about.com/od/antsbeeswas ... ecue-1.htm
My Dad moved a wild swarm into a hive probably 50+ years ago, don't know whatever happened to them, but I still have his smoker. Wife's alergic to bee stings so no hive here now.


Now that guy was really stupid! A guy who lives next to our farm is a bee keeper. He has many hundreds of hives. He lost a big part of them this year and it is gonna cost him $20,000 to replace what he lost. No wonder the price of honey is so high, we are loosing our bees. With no bees, no pollination, scary thought! We need to take care of our bees.

Re: Honey bees

Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:48 pm

Wow really thats sad but probly not intentional , had he known they were honey bees I doubt he or anyone else would have got the Raid out, what a bummer :( .

Re: Honey bees

Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:36 am

I'm a new beekeeper just starting with two hives this past spring. Really have enjoyed the bees and looking forward to sampling a little of the fruit of their labor maybe next month. There is honey in the supers but it is not capped yet.