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Installed my first nucleus on Sunday Sept 5th. Capped brood and uncapped larva present. White marked queen was released into nuc.

Hive A, 1 Deep
- 4 brood w pollen frames
- 1 honey w pollen frame
- 3 brand new wax foundation w fishing line support
- Syrup feeder w ~1/3 gal 1:1
- 1/4 lb pollen patty
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I would like to have bees when I get the fruit trees moved for next year... but I cannot wrap my mind around taking care of them. Hope to find a bee keeper that needs a place to maybe put a hive and can get some honey... don't even mind buying it... but would like to offer a place for them to pollinate my trees in exchange for maybe some honey???
Fencing is on my list of things for here also.... to keep in chickens and a few calves maybe too for some summer grazing? And to keep in a dog because of the road being sooooo busy... and the dog will keep the deer out I hope.
 

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Did a quick inspection last night. The 3 frames of wax foundation fell down. The bees stored the syrup so out of room again. I will go back in tomorrow with some partially drawn frames to replace the empties that were wax foundation. Need to ensure bees have room for brood or they will swarm.
 

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We bought a jar of honey from a man that said it was from his fruit trees. It is light golden in color. It has a peach aftertaste, never tasted anything like it. So good!
 

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That's neat... I will have over 10-12 peach trees when they get moved and 6-8 pears and a few that I am pretty sure are cherries and a few apples.... sweet honey.......
 

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This thread is to track start of my apiary.

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Hive A Install
Congrats. After years of researching and trying to catch a swarm I bought some last winter and got them this spring.

And isn't it a little (a lot) late to install a nuc vs. getting an established nuc or small hive. And I wouldn't worry so much right now about the swarming vs. just making it over the winter. I know you are south but it was -11 last year in Ft. Worth. Just my .02$



I would like to have bees when I get the fruit trees moved for next year... but I cannot wrap my mind around taking care of them. Hope to find a bee keeper that needs a place to maybe put a hive and can get some honey... don't even mind buying it... but would like to offer a place for them to pollinate my trees in exchange for maybe some honey???
Fencing is on my list of things for here also.... to keep in chickens and a few calves maybe too for some summer grazing? And to keep in a dog because of the road being sooooo busy... and the dog will keep the deer out I hope.
It can be a lot less work than you think. Depends on your wanted outcome.

I see a lot of people who do a lot of work to get more honey. But if I note "I" have to make and feed that much sugar water in the spring so I can make up for what I took last winter and will take this summer/fall then I'll just leave it and they will be happier next year anyway. On that note I did feed for over a month to get mine started. They came after the tree's bloomed.

Best O' luck to ya Margali.
 

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And isn't it a little (a lot) late to install a nuc vs. getting an established nuc or small hive. And I wouldn't worry so much right now about the swarming vs. just making it over the winter.
I'm not sure what you mean about nuc vs established nuc. I got a full 5 frame nuc with nurse bees, queen, etc. I just moved them from transport box into my woodenware. I got the nuc cheap because it IS a gamble. However, the fall flower flow just started where I'm at. We have another about 2 months before it gets too cold for bees to fly.
 

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