Anyone know anything about BeeKeeping

AlienCraft

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Ok, looking for links, info, etc on beekeeping. I am considering a position back in NorCal as a Property Caretaker on 5+ acres w/ Gardens and 62 hives. They say they are going to double that next year. This sounds like something I might really get into. Nothing like "wild mountain Honey" < Gratuitous Steve Miller Band reference...
 

BlamoHammer

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Dont they require experience for that type of thing? If only to protect themselves if you die?
 

xSauronx

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this doesnt sound like the kind of job youd take based on knowledge gained from ATOT
i certainly wouldnt take that on by myself without experience
 

AlienCraft

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Originally posted by: xSauronx
this doesnt sound like the kind of job youd take based on knowledge gained from ATOT
i certainly wouldnt take that on by myself without experience
Given the wide range of people and locals represented here, I figure that asking here exposes the question to a broader cross section of the general population.
NOW, given that a majority of those here are true GEEKS, this may be off base, but the fact that there are geeks in the farmlands as well as geeks in the city, would contradict that assumption.
But thank you for allowing me to bump this where someone might have a constructive answer.


 

AlienCraft

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Originally posted by: BlamoHammer
Dont they require experience for that type of thing? If only to protect themselves if you die?
Notice I'm asking for information in order to gain experience.
SHEESH, has reading comprehension taken a dive or what?!!!
 

n0cmonkey

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You need to bond with the bees. Strip naked, roll around in some flowers, and then invite the bees to cover your body.
 

AlienCraft

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Originally posted by: n0cmonkey
You need to bond with the bees. Strip naked, roll around in some flowers, and then invite the bees to cover your body.
LOL, NOW that sounds like a real ATOT response.....

 

Squisher

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I had a buddy at work that kept bees, but then quit when some disease spread across North America that made keeping the bees extremely labor intensive.

I think he said it was a mite or something.
 

n0cmonkey

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Originally posted by: AlienCraft
Originally posted by: n0cmonkey
You need to bond with the bees. Strip naked, roll around in some flowers, and then invite the bees to cover your body.
LOL, NOW that sounds like a real ATOT response.....

;) Hope that helps. Make sure to get pictures.
 

BlamoHammer

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Originally posted by: AlienCraft
Originally posted by: BlamoHammer
Dont they require experience for that type of thing? If only to protect themselves if you die?
Notice I'm asking for information in order to gain experience.
SHEESH, has reading comprehension taken a dive or what?!!!

You're right, what was I thinking? Asking a bunch of computer geeks is a perfect substitute for handling hundreds, possibly thousands of live BEES!
 

n0cmonkey

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Originally posted by: BlamoHammer
Originally posted by: AlienCraft
Originally posted by: BlamoHammer
Dont they require experience for that type of thing? If only to protect themselves if you die?
Notice I'm asking for information in order to gain experience.
SHEESH, has reading comprehension taken a dive or what?!!!

You're right, what was I thinking? Asking a bunch of computer geeks is a perfect substitute for handling hundreds, possibly thousands of live BEES!

From my response you can tell that I obviously know what I'm talking about. So STFU, this was a fine place to post.
 

BlamoHammer

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Originally posted by: n0cmonkey
You need to bond with the bees. Strip naked, roll around in some flowers, and then invite the bees to cover your body.

Originally posted by: n0cmonkey
From my response you can tell that I obviously know what I'm talking about. So STFU, this was a fine place to post.

Sorry I missed your response. I stand corrected oh Grand Master of the Bee
 

OffTopic1

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What is Apiculture?

Eastern Apiculture Society

Apprentice bee-keeper

Apiculture program at North Carolina State University

Go for it if you don?t mind the strong odor &amp; the occasion sting.

The majority of the beekeepers that I have talked to make a good living out of keeping bees, however most of them supplement their income with odd jobs such as construction, farming, orchard/fruit picking, gardening, etc... (only one person that I have met work in IT for the local government while keeping bees as a hobby).
 

n0cmonkey

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Originally posted by: BlamoHammer
Originally posted by: n0cmonkey
You need to bond with the bees. Strip naked, roll around in some flowers, and then invite the bees to cover your body.

Originally posted by: n0cmonkey
From my response you can tell that I obviously know what I'm talking about. So STFU, this was a fine place to post.

Sorry I missed your response. I stand corrected oh Grand Master of the Bee

:beer:
 

EagleKeeper

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Raised bees when I was younger.

Now immune to their stings with exception of earlobe, inside of foot and groin.

Trick was to prepare during the winter by taking care of equipment - yours &amp; hives.
Put out the good stuff in the spring. suppliment the bees with sugar water.
Encourage the hive to expand during the summer (adding supers to hold the honey).
Remove the spare capactiy in the fall, allowing plenty of food for the hive to survive.

During the winter, you want to ensure that the hive is vented and no moisture is able to be built up in it.

Moisture can kill the hive and spoil the honey.

As long as you are a caretaker of the hive and not being asked to breed, a small amount of hand holding and a year of OJT will suffice.
 

AlienCraft

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Originally posted by: OffTopic
What is Apiculture?

Eastern Apiculture Society

Apprentice bee-keeper

Apiculture program at North Carolina State University

Go for it if you don?t mind the strong odor &amp; the occasion sting.

The majority of the beekeepers that I have talked to make a good living out of keeping bees, however most of them supplement their income with odd jobs such as construction, farming, orchard/fruit picking, gardening, etc... (only one person that I have met work in IT for the local government while keeping bees as a hobby).
Thank you very much for the links, etc.
This has piqued my interest considerably.

:beer: 4 u
 

AlienCraft

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Originally posted by: EagleKeeper
Raised bees when I was younger.

Now immune to their stings with exception of earlobe, inside of foot and groin.

Trick was to prepare during the winter by taking care of equipment - yours &amp; hives.
Put out the good stuff in the spring. suppliment the bees with sugar water.
Encourage the hive to expand during the summer (adding supers to hold the honey).
Remove the spare capactiy in the fall, allowing plenty of food for the hive to survive.

During the winter, you want to ensure that the hive is vented and no moisture is able to be built up in it.

Moisture can kill the hive and spoil the honey.

As long as you are a caretaker of the hive and not being asked to breed, a small amount of hand holding and a year of OJT will suffice.
Thanks, I'm getting more interested in this as I learn more.