Questions

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by henryblowery, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. henryblowery

    henryblowery Member

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    I would like to start raising bees sept for I have a few probalems :( . I live in a city and my neigbors(sp?) are just about fed up with me already. So, I thought I would rent them out to a orchord(or just let them have them for free) but the nearest orchord is 3 hours away. I'v hered that it does'nt take that long to take care of a hive(I'v hered 7 hours a year) but I don't know if that is spread out or if I can do it every so often???? Also if I rent them out to a orchord what is the smallest number they would deal with? What do I need to get started off and how much will it cost? Thanks.
    Gray
     
  2. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Is there a farmers market where you live? You can ask the sellers if ythey would be interested in a hive or 2.

    In a good location, a hive can bring in a LOT of honey, which perhaps the farmers marketer could sell for you (for a cut) after you put it in nice jars with handsome lables.
     

  3. henryblowery

    henryblowery Member

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    Terri,
    yes I do have a farmers market around here.
    I'v been looking abound at hives and the prices are not what I expected :mad: the ones I looked at were about $140 or so then I have to get the bees and other equipment. So, that made me wonder can I make my own hives? has anybody tryed it? I know that there complicated but I thought that it would be worth a ask.
    Gray
     
  4. WayneH

    WayneH Active Member

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    I've made some of my stuff, but you have to find a good deal on wood. Most often, it's cheaper to buy the boxes from a local beekeeping supply company. Inner covers, and top feeder boards are exceptions because they can be made from scrap plywood.
     
  5. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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