New beekeeping with AZDuffman

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May 19th, 2019 at 9:06:11 AM permalink
AZDuffman
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SWARM!

Go outside to do something else and holy cow, what activity! No pics, and if I had them they would not have come out good. Around 10:00 daily activity goes way up, way way up. Today, BOOM!

A ton flying around the hive and a ton over the neighbor's yard. Later I saw what I thought to be a swarm in a tree. Swarms last just a short time. This is all kinds of news.

First, after 4 years on this project I finally appear to have a healthy hive! A weak hive will not swarm.

Next, I have to learn to do a split. Had I been able to do a split this time I would have 2 hives.

Bad news is I lost a free hive. Good news is everything else should be in order and hope to get some honey this year!

Better news is the neighbors nor the cops came over about it.

Lesson learned is May 5-10 is the target for a split next year. Last year I gave up looking in they were so weak, but this is the one that made it. This week I will look in too see the aftermath, if any. As usual, benign neglect worked.
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May 19th, 2019 at 12:16:01 PM permalink
rxwine
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Back in bzzzzness.

I thought your honey bee project had gone to ancient ruins by now. *honey bee time scale.
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May 20th, 2019 at 3:50:44 AM permalink
odiousgambit
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good news!
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May 20th, 2019 at 9:00:46 AM permalink
Fleastiff
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I guess it is important to have a vacant new home available to them just in case they think its time to swarm .

Glad about the no cops, no irate neighbors.
May 20th, 2019 at 11:11:04 AM permalink
AZDuffman
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Quote: Fleastiff
I guess it is important to have a vacant new home available to them just in case they think its time to swarm .


Ideally you do a "split" and move half the bees to a new box in spring. Next year I gotta do better there.

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Glad about the no cops, no irate neighbors.


You have no idea, one neighbor IS the cops.
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May 24th, 2019 at 8:33:02 AM permalink
AZDuffman
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No, I am not doing this one!
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May 26th, 2019 at 9:54:59 AM permalink
Ayecarumba
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That is.... AWESOME!
July 9th, 2019 at 2:50:59 PM permalink
rxwine
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If lack of supply increases prices, then beekeeping could become more and more profitable.

IF you can keep them alive.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/rapid-decline-in-honey-bee-population-unsustainable-experts-say/ar-AAE4yhQ?ocid=spartanntp
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July 9th, 2019 at 3:35:20 PM permalink
AZDuffman
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Quote: rxwine
If lack of supply increases prices, then beekeeping could become more and more profitable.

IF you can keep them alive.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/rapid-decline-in-honey-bee-population-unsustainable-experts-say/ar-AAE4yhQ?ocid=spartanntp


Question is will people pay for local product? Talking at least twice as much as your local grocery, which as we have discussed is not real deal.

In other news, I put a honey super on if a bit early. Hoping it motivates honey production.
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August 9th, 2019 at 3:07:33 AM permalink
AZDuffman
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I totally love this. Not so sure how many can make a total full time income as you are talking 100 hives or more based on their own numbers. But think if this could be done across Appalachia. Across central PA. Put people to work and get rid of that crap honey from China!

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