what exactly am I getting myself into?

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  1. Ellie Porter

    Ellie Porter Member

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    I really want my own bees but I have a lot of questions. Im just going to list them out and hopefully I can get some good answers

    1. how much space do I need?
    2. how often do I need to check them?
    3. how often do you get stung?
    4. I only want one hive... and not a massive one. how do I keep the population from getting out of control?
    5. what is the best time to get bees?
    6. How to find a mentor?

    I havemore questions but I can't think of them right now. if you could answer even one that would be great!
     
  2. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Is best to have two hives so you can compair how they are doing and swap frames if need bee.

    When I started I checked them way to much and disrupted the hives ways way to much, just had to see the queen every time.

    Today I check about once a month and look for eggs and am out of the hive.

    Maybe 10 times a year and I do not use smoke or wear a bee suit. I mist with syrup.

    Best time to get bees in order in thre middle of the winter and pick up in the spring May is normal.

    to keep a hive small you need to make up Nuc's and sell them.

    Do a search for your states bee keeping club and check with them.


    :D Al
     

  3. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Thanks allyyooper! What about land? How far away from the house do you have your hive?
     
  5. HeavyHauler

    HeavyHauler Well-Known Member

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    I know a guy up here who keeps one hive right in his backyard.
     
  6. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    LOL I have 12 hives in the back yard and 10 more in the front yard. 9 out yards with 85 more hives spread out between the 9.

    :D Al
     
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    How big is your yard?
     
  8. Ellie Porter

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    Som guys that Ive watched on youtube kept them in their front yard but I wasn't sure if that was right or not. sounds like its just fine
     
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    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    About 2 acres. I also have had as many as 6 nucs along with the hives.

    :D Al
     
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    Yeah, ours are postage sized yards compared to that.
     
  11. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    I know people who keep bees that have bigger yards.
    I mow about 4 acres for one couple.
    I would say the adverage county yard here is about 2 acres.


    :D Al
     
  12. Tnff319

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    1. I know several people who keep bees in an Urban and suburban lot. Right on the back deck.
    2. Once a month or a little more as you first start out. You can check too much
    3. With suits and luck you can almost never get stung. Some advise against this because they believe it makes you at risk for a severe allergic reaction. The stings actually become less painful the more you get stung.
    4. Have at least 2 to prevent total failure.
    5. Spring
    6. Local bee club or ask around when you start buying bees. It's not too complicated to do it without a mentor.
     
  13. Ellie Porter

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    Woah! Thank you for answering all of my questions. That is very helpful!
     
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    If it was up to me and my wife and kids and grand kids ,, hives would be next to both front and back doors
     
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    But I ha 've them 10 feet from back door behind fence
     
  16. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Keeps the sales people and others away, right Tom.

    We have milk weed in the front door garden and had people get out of their cars and jump right back in when they hear the buzz.

    :D Al
     
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    It is nice to keep flight path away from walkway especially if face area.
     
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    What part of country are you in? If you want to do it do it now. You want your bees early in the season. Perhaps a few swarm traps. Easy to catch in some areas. Depending where you live. Put your hive a little of fence line so you can walk around it. They will not attack anyone.