Weekend project

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  1. emetzger

    emetzger Active Member

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    Coyote pups are being born. Time to use some of these munks.
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    I got my bucks age back from www.deerage.com 7.5! That’s the oldest buck I have stuck with my bow. Pumped! My oldest deer is a 15.5 doe, I’m most proud of her, wish I would have mounted her.
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    Wild flowers and elderberry are blooming. It want be long and I will Be harvesting my first honey. Hopefully they want be to aggressive like they have been lately.
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    After 2 years I finally harvested my first honey. Very excited guys!
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    Honey looks good! I've been contemplating starting my own bee hives out at the farm, I just know I already have more "projects" than time. I've followed your thread and it looks like your patience with the bees is paying off!


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    Thanks for looking Goldentriangle. There’s always room for one more hobby, ha.

    I’m starting to love bees so much I think I’m going to start a QBMA branch. More and more I’m thinking about food plots for bees instead of deer.

    Here’s a buckwheat field I just planted for the bees, they don’t have to go far.

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    More pollinator pics.

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    QBMA forum.......now there's a thought

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    I want to get into bee keeping. Do you have a good site (or book) to check out for a complete beginner?
     
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    Cutman,
    Forgive the length, but If you do, those bees are going to blow you away. I think most of us on this site are cut from the same cloth and really enjoy and are somewhat obsessed with creation. I just love watching things grow and controlling or attracting plants and animals. Hell, we have dominion over them.

    I just got into this bee thing and it has taken 3 years to get honey. I’ve failed a whole lot but have learned a ton and have seen some incredible things this year.

    Just last week I watched a new queen emerge from a cell in a Nuc hive where I was Intentionally raising one. It was love at first site. I’ve experienced a dead queen come back to life, i’ve spent the night in a hotel in Paducah with a queen I purchase for $30, I’ve spotted 2 queens in one hive which shouldn’t happen, I’ve captured a swarm and then waved them goodbye, I’ve raised 5 new queens from swarm cells and walk aways, and I’ve finally harvested some honey.

    My advice isn’t from many years but I would suggest this. YouTube and read as much as you can. I think you will find that there are many different approaches to bee keeping. It has to do a lot with feel and touch. You can make it as easy or as hard as you want, there still just bugs.

    Join a bee club, It will help tremendously. Try to find a friend that you can text or call anytime about bees. I have one and feel guilty calling him so much but it’s been a huge help. I will return the favor if needed.

    When you start, buy packages and not Nucs. Nucs are already half there and packages are from the beginning. If they offer, try and buy the second round of packages, not first. I think more and more the cause of so many bad hives are poorly mated queens. When the demand is so high people rush packages and I’ve experienced the later queens to bee better.

    Make sure to start with 2 hives not just one. With 2 you can see changes better and learn faster, also one will die. Get into your hive often and learn about the bees. There are tons of things to spot and figure out.

    I think the name of the game is queen rearing. Everything is dependent on the queen. If she is healthy and laying tons off brood then the hive is going to do good. Year 2 you need to learn about raising queens from your healthy hive.

    Lastly, save up. A purchased hive usually cost about $3-400 and Consist of a base, 1-2 brood boxes or 1-2 honey supers, 8-10 frames per box, lid and top cover. You can of coarse build your own and save money.

    The bee packages consist of 3-4 lbs of bees which are about 10k bees and 1 queen for around $100. You will need a smoker( I burn cardboard). A hive tool and a feeder per hive to give sugar water through tuff times. Also a bee suit to help you get onto the hive comfortably. I would imagine an initial investment of around $700 though I stopped counting after 1k.

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    All of the above are good recommendations

    BeeKeeping for Dummies,TheBackyard Beekeeper,and First Lessons in Beekeeping were good reads

    Be forewarned. This is every bit as addictive as habitat management

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    Thank you both.
     
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    , i’ve spent the night in a hotel in Paducah with a queen I purchase for $30,

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    Lake, I was wondering if anyone would get that. Though the night was fun she ended up flipping over, freezing and not being much of a mom after our romance.


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    Update on trees, chipmunks and food plots for bees.
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    I also got some of my spring planted trees covered with weed mats to conserve moisture and keep the competition down. Ive tried different approaches but have never tried the rock, we’ll see how it works out. I will be surprised if it keeps the voles out. The weight might help.

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    My dwarf chinks are finally making. I think there close to 10 years old and only about 7-8’ tall. They have been the slowest growing tree I’ve planted. I don’t think it helped planting them near red cedar.

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    I was at a trade show last week and borrowed a hogue knife from one of the Union guys to tear down my skid. I was impressed with the quality so I ordered one. It’s a little big to carry but I like it. I hope people don’t think I’m over compensating.

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    Lastly, I saw God when I came back from that show. He stole my breath.

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    That pic stole my breath as well...thanks for posting. I’ve been interested in the bee thing as well but would have to start with bear proof enclosures. I’d love to figure a inexpensive way to do it, but I’ve seen what they’ll get into or climb over. When I get my barn finished, I’ll need to store bagged lime and fertilizer inside. Damned bears rip open 8-10 bags every season.... I’m sure they’d work overtime to get to honey.
     
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