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    New Hobby

    If you can call it that. Maybe a sideline? Anyway, I’m splitting my first two hives off a couple of these bad boys over the next week or so. If I can make all the extra work fit into my schedule, I’m buying some fresh hives next Spring and starting down the path to a serious apiary. I haven’t worked bees in twenty years, but it’s time to start laying out some alternate paths to spending the rest of my life working construction.

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    They’re a little dirty with the smears of pollen and dirt on the front, mostly from pulling off the winter wraps earlier today. Bees are going apeshit for the maple trees, which just popped over the last couple of days.
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    Very cool. I have no interest in keeping hives myself, but I do watch The 628 Dirtrooster youtube videos with amazement....not sure why. His buddy Jeff Horchoff (sp) (aka Mr Ed) does some good ones too. Very educational.
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    There’s a hive style that is a wagon. Access racks from the inside. Apparently the wagon air and buzzing is healthy and meditative. Which has turned into some being a cabin rental at times. Probably some deep Eastern block style.

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    Well, I'm jelly cause that is something I wanted to try out
    Being right next to a farmer's field, I wonder if my backyard might get oversprayed with chemicals that'd kill bees so that is one thing making me hesitant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lone-wolf View Post
    Well, I'm jelly cause that is something I wanted to try out
    Being right next to a farmer's field, I wonder if my backyard might get oversprayed with chemicals that'd kill bees so that is one thing making me hesitant.
    The photo is at my parent’s small/hobby farm. The neighbours are big into grain/canola/corn, the first year they kept bees they had a few hives with a die off from spraying. It won’t wipe out a strong hive, but it sets them back when a bunch of their foragers drop dead suddenly. Anyway, they went and talked to them about it, and asked that they let them know a day ahead of time before they spray within a mile so they could close up the hives overnight. Instead, they switched their whole operation over to bee friendly pesticides. Good neighbours.
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    Split hives this afternoon, and pulled the Apiguard mite strips from the rest. Couple crazy strong hives in the yard, just bursting at the seams with bees and brood. We split five in total, bringing the yard up to fourteen.
    Splitting involves stealing a box of bees and brood from a strong hive and relocating it across the yard. Just need to make sure both halves of the split have a sufficient supply of eggs and brood. Whichever half winds up without a queen will raise a fresh one from an egg over the next 14-16 days.
    There’s also one weak hive in the yard, either it didn’t winter well or they lost their queen early in the spring and had to raise a new one. We stole a brood frame out of the strongest hive and stuck it in there for a little pick me up.

    Of course I left the phone in the truck and have no pictures....

    Fresh batch of bacon seeds arrived though.

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