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    Re: Beekeeper raided by Feds in TN?

    Thanks, Greg! The person who posted this is always complaining about government control of small farms, about taxes etc. I am suspicious about his claims re the beekeeper, especially since none of...
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    Beekeeper raided by Feds in TN?

    I've just read on a homesteading forum that a man selling local raw honey somewhere near Christiana, Tennessee was shut down by the Feds, in a way similar to what they've been doing to farmers...
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    Re: Bee keeping clubs

    I think I'm up too late- but all I could think of when I saw the title of this thread was,"I wonder what he uses clubs for!". I am so glad we won't be needing more tools, LOL!
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    Re: Southwestern Pa. wildflowers to plant?

    Asters are excellent choices, too, flowering when other plants have stopped for the year. I worked in a native plant nursery for several years, and there are several asters which are native to your...
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    Re: Growing our business

    Wow, 1000 hives is more than my goal! I think just doing this as a hobby, staying at 100 hives once we get there will be perfect. That gives us enough honey for our very large family of...
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    Growing our business

    This is our first year of keeping bees, and it is going really well! In talking to people we've met, we now have offers to run hives on two other farms, totalling 8 hives not on our property.

    How...
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    Re: Queen's gone

    Yes, we sprayed both queens. Mark was worried that we would spray them too much, since Marla and Gary both emphasized not drenching the bees. After seeing the cloud of bees come out of that first...
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    Re: Queen's gone

    Our queen cage had no hole, just mesh stapled over a tiny wood box. The queen cages which come with packages of bees are different than the cages when we buy a separate queen, so marshmallows...
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    Re: Queen's gone

    What do you mean by "...use a marshmallow..."?

    And we are going out to our supplier tomorrow. He's said he'll either sell us a queen or help us to split the good hive in a few weeks. We are...
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    Re: First package install success

    Good for you, that is awesome! Our photographer was my 13 year old son. He ran for the house after the first package of bees started flying everywhere, so no pictures for us. Maybe next time, lol!
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    Re: first time with bees - package success

    Mnbob, did you take the UM class this spring? We took it and hived our first two packages today. I'm glad things went well for you!
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    Queen's gone

    We just got our bees today, two boxes of them. We have two hives we set up about a month ago.

    We just hived both boxes. One went just perfectly, but the first box didn't go so well. The queen...
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    Re: Hello from SE Pennsylvania!

    Hi, Bumbles, I love your name! And, making mistakes is just another way to say you are learning, so good for you- welcome!
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    Re: Water source?

    CHD, I would love to see a picture of that, it sounds gorgeous!

    Thank you all for the information, you've really helped me care for my bees. And fingers crossed that they ignore my neighbour's...
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    Re: Hello from Monterey California!

    Hi, honeycomb, our packages of bees arrive in April, too. Good luck!
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    Water source?

    How do bees drink? I know that sounds like a stupid question, but I am building a very small pond near where our hives will go, and I need advice on what they need.

    In my butterfly garden I keep...
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    Re: Hi from Minnesota!

    Michelle, thanks for recommending this forum! I have found so much useful info- and some scary stuff to, but it's all going to help.
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    Re: Any know what this is.

    Perhaps oxalis stricta?
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    Re: Greetings from Norway

    Hi, I'm going to be following your posts with interest. I am just starting in Minnesota, and it's also pretty cold here. Hopefully both of us will be successful as northern beekeepers!

    Cindy
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    Re: Hi from Minnesota!

    Oldbee, much of my reading was fuel for daydreams, lol! I lived right downtown in a city with a tiny yard and crabby neighbours before moving to Minnesota, so I had to get all my bee fix from books....
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    Hi from Minnesota!

    I've been reading about beekeeping for about 6 or 7 years and have wanted to keep bees ever since I was a child. This year my fiance and I took a beekeeping course at the U. of Minnesota and right...
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