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Top Bar Hives for Bees
October 16, 2011
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Maybe that's why I hadn't heard of other friends climbing trees to capture a swarm.  They just regularly/yearly separated like you did, Cat.  I wonder if it's the same time (Julyish) everywhere? 

October 16, 2011
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I would love to take a class on beekeeping, SarahGrace!  Let me know if you hear of one.

Clover made me do it.

October 16, 2011
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I would love to take a class on beekeeping, SarahGrace!  Let me know if you hear of one.

Clover made me do it.

October 16, 2011
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I will.  I probably won't even look until January.  Kind of have a busy couple of months ahead of me.  sleepy-cow

October 17, 2011
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Here is the link to the online book “At The Hive Entrance”…

 

 

My take on starting beekeeping is, it is like deciding to have your first child… you will never be 'ready' ,  just jump in and take it a day at a time.

October 20, 2011
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That's so true, but there are Beekeeping Associations that you can contact. My garden club just had 3 speakers come from our local one and it was so interesting! Bees are fascinating little critters and so important to our world! Contact your local university extension, they will point you in the right direction. Good luck!

October 23, 2011
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I am ordering this a.s.a.p.!

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October 24, 2011
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That book looks great.  I put it on my Amazon wishlist!

Clover made me do it.

October 24, 2011
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I am using my Swagbucks and ordering it today!  Doesn't it look neat?

October 24, 2011
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Look- hardcover edition for just 23 dollars! 

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October 24, 2011
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just passing along some info my husband got, of which you may already be aware of . If you are looking for alocal source for bees, many bee “groups/clubs” keep a list of people that are interested in getting their bees from a swarm ( aka free ). I think the one my husband was checking on had an option if you would be willing to capture the swarm by yourself  or if you were a newbie and needed someone  to show you how (they have members willing to come to the swarm site do it for you/ teach you.) He is in the  gather info mode right now and does not have a hive … hoping things materialize for this spring .

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October 26, 2011
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Angela P
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Catching a swarm is a wonderful way to get “free” bees. Bee careful not to exceed your limits, very easy to do when you see all of them just waiting and wanting a new home!  On another note, when bees decide they want to leave, you can catch them and recatch them and catch them again…when they get it in their heads to leave, thats what they are going to do. Very frustrating! Not to deter you from doing so, just giving you a heads up on what to possibly expect. I caught my swarm three times!

February 4, 2012
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I've just finished reading through this whole topic.  We're looking at doing a tbh hopefully this spring.  Angela – maybe we're not too far from you…we're just south of the border in Indiana…I may need to pick your brain regarding “somewhat local” resources!

February 5, 2012
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Hi Leahs Mom,  Your just a hop, skip and a jump from me!  Id bee happy to help you in any way I can. So, pick away!  I get my bees from Don Lam he is located in Holland MI.  He also has a web site.  http://www.Donlambees.com   Unfortunately I cant think of anyone in IN. Id suggest a google search for local Beekeeping Clubs or maybe your local Agricultural Extension office may know of local beekeepers. Perhaps even your township may know of someone.  Ill ask around.  In bee language…Ill put the BUZZ out :) hee hee. I think your on the right track..TBH rule!

p.s  I found http://[email protected]  They are located in Indianapolis…Im thinking too far for you. They may know of a sister club closer to you???? 

February 5, 2012
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Angela helped me get started, Leah.  It was so much less complicated than I had envisioned!  I hope you guys can get together.  It really helped me to go see hers before I put mine in, just to visualize it.  Steller Apiaries capture live swarms- not sure if they sell them or not, but…. they have been having a huge sale on their Top Bar hives….

https://www.facebook.com/StellerApiaries

February 5, 2012
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Thanks Cat & Angela.  I sent a pm to you Angela with a couple of things…  I'd love to see your hives some day.  Cat – sounds like you're in the neighborhood too…I live not too far from South Bend area.

February 6, 2012
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I am outside of Jerome, in Hillsdale County.  Maybe we can have a “Bee Meet”, lol.

February 8, 2012
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I'd love to do that if we could work it out!!!!

February 8, 2012
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awww, I wish I could do more than lurk……Hi Ang!  wave

February 8, 2012
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Hello,

I was just reading some of the posts about keeping honeybees.  I've been doing it for about 6 years now, up here on Vancouver Island, Canada. Beekeepers are some of the most generous and eclectic folks around.  We have members from every walk of life.  (I am the president of our local bee club- too bad we are so far away!)

A suggestion- the books we have  found most helpful as people are starting out (and as continued references) were:

“The Barefoot Beekeeper” by P.J Chandler- specifically about using top bar hives

“Natural Beekeeping” by Ross Conrad

“The Beekeepers Handbook” by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitable

“Hive Management” by Richard Bonney

And of course, “At the Hive Entrance” is a classic

Also- the comments about finding a club are right on- finding a beekeeper with experience to mentor is a really good idea. As you learn, though, you will probably find that you will take from all of your resources- people and materials- what fits right for you.

Enjoy!  Beekeeping is so much fun- the bees are truly amazing.  And it keeps us young, as you never stop learning about them.

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