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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    As if 2020 wasn't bad enough, there's a new Asian threat in town, especially if you have bee colonies, or rely on bees for pollinating your crops. Sorry to bring the bad news, but the "murder hornets" have been discovered in several locations in Whatcom county, WA and in several locations in...
  2. General Discussion
    Remember that passage from the Bible "you will see signs and wonders" as sort of a warning that the end is near when things start happening that you can't explain? The honey bees are disappearing, not DYING, DISAPPEARING. I say disappearing because there are no corpses, farmers go to check on...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    We just started keeping bees this Spring. So far things seem to be going well. After seeing all the new comb they built, we installed the queen excluder & added a super for "our honey". We have more pics on our facebook page, also. http://www.facebook.com/beesimplefarm
  4. DIY - Do It Yourself
    We've been raising bees for a while in our top bar bee hives. With a top bar hive, you produce a lot of extra wax. To use that wax, you need to melt it and filter it. This solar powered wax melter is perfect for the job. Just throw in your comb and put it in the sun! You'll need some basic...
  5. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Honeybee Deaths Linked to Corn Insecticides
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Hello, I have a top bar beehive, and we just put the bees in today :D: There were some bees, 100-200, that died during transport or while we were dumping them in. My question is this: Do I need to go into the hive and take all the dead bee bodies out, or will the bees throw the dead ones out...
  7. DIY - Do It Yourself
    More information: http://velacreations.com/bees.html More photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/velacreations/sets/72157622528453587/ Beekeeping is an ancient DIY art, performed by amateurs and makers for centuries. Anyone can produce natural honey at home. People keep bees in many different...
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I know there are folks in here who keep bees... The wife and I want to get started. Could someone point me to a good thread or sticky on the subject? Thanks!
  9. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have long thought that it would be prudent to have beehives on my place. Honey is nutritious, good for trade and medicinally valuable (it's a great topical antibiotic) etc. Recently though, I've been thinking of placing several strategically-located hives around my property with remote...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Has anyone started feeding their bees and treating for mites for the winter? Had a speaker at our association meeting last night and he talked about feeding to build brood for the winter. Wondered if brood patties would be good now and then sugar syrup closer to spring. I thought patties were...
  11. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I had this posted in the thread on "Where to get stuff FREE or ALMOST FREE", but thought it good to be here in this section too: Beeswax: a very useful commodity to have, but can be very expensive. Lesser grades of wax can be purchased directly from bee keepers. If you are willing to work for...
  12. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I've been knocking around the idea of setting up a beehive. I've got the room to put it 400 feet from any of my buildings but was wondering about a couple of things, what would happen if I mowed near the hive, are they going to get mad and come after me? Also the area I'm talking about is damp...
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I know that alot of you are still reeling from winter weather, but down here in the south the garden has been growing since mid February and I've noticed something quite disturbing... where are the bees? I saw an article today speaking to that affect...
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Greetings, I have been considering getting into bee keeping next year and have been reading a little about it online and watching some videos. I plan to join my local bee keepers association and register with the state (PA). I also am going to attend a seminar at a university about 2 hours...
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anybody raise bees here? I am strongly considering starting to raise bees for pollenation, honey and bee's wax and other products. Does anybody have any suggestions, books, or experiences with bees that you could share?
  16. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    possible cause of CCD http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2009/04/a-cure-for-colony-collapse.ars I have used colloidal silver to prophylactically treat for this and anecdotally, have seen no sign of nosema after
  17. Urban Survival
    I have a garage that has in the past become home to a colony of common honey bees. Last year the bees moved into the roof inter a warped soffit board. It was on the back side of the structure in a copse of trees and went un-noticed for at least a couple months. They colony was huge and I came to...
  18. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    How are the Honey bees doing in your areas? Have you have any crop pollination problems due to a lack of honey bees? I read an article somewhere on native North American bees. They don't give honey or live in a hive. They also don't seem to be bothered by the parasites killing off honey bees...
  19. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    In the next couple of months members with gardens will be looking for some type of insecticide. Well, stay away from the Sevin dust. Sevin dust is high toxic to insects, including bees. Not only will a bee get the dust on them, but they will also bring it back to the hive where the dust will...
  20. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I'm going to get one bee hive. I don't want to do this in a big way. Anyone use one of these companies or do you have a company you can recommend to get a starter kit and hive? There's nothing around my place so it's going to be a mail order. I've 3 catalogs: Mann Lake Glory Bee Better bee...
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