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Getting bees!
October 12, 2013
1:01 pm
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mamajoseph
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I brought home some (really good) honey from my day in the village Friday and it got me wanting bees again. Talked to hubby, who talked to our friend and looks like it's going to happen. Exciting!

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

October 15, 2013
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I am so happy for you!  It takes patience the first year, but is so worth it!

October 15, 2013
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That's awesome! We were bidding on a house recently (didn't get it:(), and I mostly wanted it because there was room for a giant wildflower field and bees. Sigh, maybe someday.

October 18, 2013
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Got the hive today! We have lots of bees on our property, so now we'll just wait for them to move in. Free room and board; how can they resist?1-DSCN2510.JPGImage Enlarger1-DSCN2508.JPGImage Enlarger

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

October 22, 2013
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I know nothing about bee keeping, do you just set the hive out for them or do you have to do something to entice to come to the hive? How wonderful to have your very own honey on your property. There used to be a couple of bee keepers near by that sold honey, but have not for the last couple of years, it was nice to buy a jar of honey with a piece of comb inside.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

October 23, 2013
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I'm waiting to hear too Mama J!  I know beekeepers here start out with some concentrated sugar water or even honey to start and a usually buy a queen and keep her in there in a special little container so others come to check her out!

Are you putting some sweets in there to help lure them in? 

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October 23, 2013
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The frames were already coated with something to lure them in. I checked it on Sunday before we left and bees were already buzzing around it, so it seems they've found it. When we get back home next week, I am going to take the top off so I can see what's going on inside. I read that a weekly checkup is a good way to keep an eye on things and also it gets them used to being handled. That way they're not so defensive or upset when you harvest. We'll see.

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

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