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Old 08-10-2019, 07:24 AM   #31
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Re: General bee keeping advice

Yup, thats how it starts. Next thing you know you're giving away 5 gallon buckets of honey and saying you would really appreciate it if they could return the bucket quickly. Are you running double deep brood boxes? Easiest split in the world is to get double deeps really healthy and do a walk away split when you see a few queen cells. Best advice I ever got was to focus on keeping 4 hives super healthy until they were busting at the seams and then figure out where you want to be. With 4 you can share resources between them and survive most beekeeping problems. Sooner of later with friends and friends of friends they all start offering to pay to get to the top of the list next year and you realize that pretty easily you could make and extra 10k per year without much effort. I used to sell quart jars like hotcakes in key west for $25. There seems to be a trend in the last 5 years to replace sugar with honey.
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Probably have to do the boxes tomorrow.Local stores are selling honey around 6 bucks a pound.Local farmer has a deal for 400 bucks a year you get a basket of fresh vegetables every week.Going to ask if they want to barter.
The hive is LOADED.Im thinking I can do a split this month and they will be good for winter.
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:23 PM   #33
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My advice for anyone thinking about getting bees is get a bee suit.Jeans are not bee proof.Evidently neither are the bee gloves
Really pretty honey.Sort of has a rose color and a a lot of flower essence to it.
Only did one box.Got about 12 bites and was sweating like a beast.
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Old 08-11-2019, 08:45 PM   #34
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Re: General bee keeping advice

Just love honey and almond slices made with good honey. https://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/...y-almond-slice
https://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recip...ecipe/o4tk5js0
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Going to have to try the Almond bars.If I can resist dipping them in chocolate I MAY actually lose some weight.
Bees settled down some but bit my oldest a couple days ago and one nailed me right between the eyes.I keep a stockpile of Benadryl in the house.
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