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Re: [beekeeping-128] bee keeping

From: Nick
Sent on: Thursday, June 5, 2008 2:42 PM
Thanks for all the great info I appreciate it.  
Nick

--- Dana <[address removed]> wrote:

>  
>  
> Hi! 
> After  researching a little, I think that the best
> people to order supplies  
> from is New England Farms. The great thing about
> them is: 
> 1)  They have a new hive shape, the Top Bar Hive, 
> that is more like a 
> hexagon,  and thus really a greater pleasure for the
> bees. It's the latest thing. I 
> don't  even have one like that because they just
> started to make them! It's 
> called a  Top Bar Hive. The coolest kind to get
> comes complete with all the 
> stuff you need  except the wax. For $300 it includes
> an observation window, where 
> we'd be able  to watch the bees in action! For $250,
> we could go without that, 
> but I hope we  can get the observation window. It
> would be so great if kids 
> could observe  the bees without opening the box. 
> 2)  They also sell bees. The bees are ordered as a
> nuc, which usually means a 
>  nucleus of about 1 pound or 1,500 bees with a
> queen. He sells Biodynamic 
> bees,  which have been raised organically, and has
> very strong stock 
> 3)  He can put together a package for us including
> the box, the bee-keeping 
> suit,  the smoker, hive tool and brush... 
> The  set should include: 
> A  white ventilated helmet 
> Square  Tie Veil 
> Economy  Smoker 
> Bee  Brush 
> 10"  Maxant Hook-end hive Tool 
> Stainless  Steel Frame Holder 
> Premium  Frame Grip 
> Burr  Comb Catch Box 
> and  any nails he recommends for building the
> frames. 
> The  guy over there, Pat Imbimbo, is at (518)
> 642-3270. He has 70 colonies 
> and sounds  like a cool guy. 
> Other  bee-keeping suppliers include Dadant Co. and
> Better Bee, in case Pat  
> doesn't carry everything you need you can use them,
> and you can also  
> investigate their starter bee-keeping kits, which
> maty be much cheaper. Dadant  is a 
> pretty good supplier. 
> But  I heard of Pat through Chris Harp, one of New
> York's finest  bee-keeping 
> teachers, and I think he'd give you very good
> service.  Dadant has starter 
> kits but they are more old-fashioned, and less
> organic. If  there are budget 
> issues, if you call Pat he'll probably be able to
> make  suggestions. 
> Also,  Chris Harp in New Paltz offers excellent
> bee-keeping classes. You can 
> see the  schedule on his website at
> Honeybeelives.com. 
> For  research and to begin learning about
> apiculture, you may go to: 
> _http://www.agf.go...­
> 
> (http://www.agf.go...­)
>   colony.htm and 
> http:www.agf.gov.bc.­ca/apiculture/profil­e.htm 
> _http://bees.libra...­
> (http://bees.libra...­)   is a 
> great site including old beekeeping texts 
> http:plantphys.info/­Plants  Human/bees/bees.html­ is
> a wonderful site to learn 
> about the biology of  honeybees 
> _www.backyardhive.co­m_
> (http://www.backya...­)   has a focus on top 
> bar hives 
> and _http://members.ao...­
> 
> (http://members.ao...­)  
> has information on water gardens for honeybees 
> which could be very  useful. 
> _http://gears/tucs...­
> 
> (http://gears/tucs...­)
>   is good for facts and history. 
> There  are many books available from Better Bee and
> Dadant. 
> Good  luck getting started! 
> DanaIn  a message dated 6/2/2008 9:59:45 P.M.
> Eastern Daylight Time,  
> [address removed] writes:
> 
> Hi
> I found a few  bees in my shed a couple of weeks ago
> while cleaning out my shed.  I  think they were
> starting to make  a hive; I would like to build or 
> buy
> one to produce some bee pollen & honey.  I do not
> have
> much  experience so what do you suggest? I have a 
> back
> yard for and a small  shed and a few big
> trees in the backyard. Where is the best place to 
> get
> supplies to get started? Thanks Nick  
> [address removed]
> 
> 
> 
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