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RE: [beekeeping-128] bee keeping

From: Nick
Sent on: Thursday, June 5, 2008 10:10 PM
thanks for the info.
Nick

--- Jim and Joanne <[address removed]> wrote:

> 
> > I found a few  bees in my shed a couple of weeks
> ago
> > while cleaning out my shed.  
> 
> That's unusual - when one finds honey bees, one
> finds
> more than just a few.  You may want to check here:
> http://www.insect...­
> 
> to verify that what you saw was a honey bee:
>
http://www.insect...­
> 
> rather than a wasp:
>
http://www.insect...­
> 
> or a solitary bee:
>
http://www.insect...­
> 
> > I think they were starting to make a hive
> 
> A swarm would be a few thousand bees, minimum.  They
> would nest in a cavity with a minimum total volume 
> about the size of an office waste paper basket.
> 
> > 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? 
> 
> Getting the bees out of a wall cavity in a shed
> would likely
> require some help from an experienced beekeeper. 
> You may
> want to consider calling one of the folks listed
> under
> "Bee Problems?" here:
> 
> http://longisland...­
> 
> 
> > Where is the best place to get supplies to get
> started? 
> 
> There are a number of them, all excellent, all who
> have
> websites and online ordering:
> 
> Brushy Mountain in NC
> Betterbee, in NY
> Dadant, with a branch in NY
> Mann Lake, in MN
> 
> Unlike Dana, I would not suggest starting out with a
> top-bar 
> hive, as they can be a challenge to manage.  Better
> to stick
> with the modern (20th and 21st century) hives that
> have frames.  
> 
> Top bar hives are not offered in the catalogs of the
> larger
> bee supply firms listed above for a reason.  The
> reason is
> that there is no purpose in making life difficult
> for your
> bees by burdening them with "obsolete" hive designs.
> 
> 
>              jim
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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