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my bees arrived today!

Discussion in 'Everything Else Bees' started by happy acres, May 1, 2014.

  1. May 1, 2014
    happy acres

    happy acres Loving the herd life

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    Now I just have to get the hive in readiness for them! It's ready to go, just need to put the wax foundations in. They need to rest a day or so anyway, it's a rough trip through the mail! ;)
    They'll be ready to move into their new home tomorrow! :)
     
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    babsbag

    babsbag Herd Master

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    Good luck with the bees, hope it goes well and they make a lot of honey for you. I have 4 hives, hope I can keep them alive this year :(
     
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    happy acres

    happy acres Loving the herd life

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    Why wouldn't you be able to?
     
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    AshleyFishy

    AshleyFishy Loving the herd life

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    Bees have a habit of dieing.
     
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    happy acres

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    Yes, but they make new ones to replace themselves. I just hope mine decide to stay and not fly off!
     
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    Harbisgirl

    Harbisgirl Loving the herd life

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    I'm so jealous. I dream of bees and honey is my favorite thing. Sadly I'm allergic to bees...I really need to figure out how to get around that :)
     
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    AshleyFishy

    AshleyFishy Loving the herd life

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    Well yes under normal conditions, but the whole hive can "crash" and you lose all of them. I've had this happen before and it stinks.
     
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    happy acres

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    Yeah,hopefully this year they will be okay. Last time I had bees, they lived for two years, then crash! I think it was because the farmer down the road was raising GMO corn. We've moved since then.
     
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    I lost two hives last year, 3 the year before. They just up and die/disappear. All in different areas and no major agricultural so can't blame it on any one thing. Treated for mites but organically; maybe that just isn't enough. I will be retiring this year so hope to have a little more time to spend on the bees, might have to try a "real" varroa mite treatment and see if that helps. I have been keeping bees for 5 years, or at least trying to and the longest I have had a hive is 2 years.
     
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    happy acres

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    Have you tried re-queening each year? I've never done so myself, but several others swear by it.
     
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