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    Default Naturally raised bees for sale

    Hello, Just starting our adventure in top bar beekeeping here in central Ma. Did attend bee school years ago with my son-in-law. But never kept my own hives.
    We've been doing a lot af reading on natural beekeeping and top bar hives.
    So that's what we'll be doing this spring. However we have not been very successful in finding a supply of naturally raised bees in New England.
    Just wanted some help from anyone whom could give us any leads.

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    Default Re: Naturally raised bees for sale

    "Natural" beekeeping? What's that? Isn't anything we do to bees unNatural to them? Please define.

    Oh yeah, Welcome aboard.

    My bees are Free Range Bees.
    Last edited by sqkcrk; 02-01-2011 at 08:18 AM.
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    Default Re: Naturally raised bees for sale

    Does "Naturally raised" mean organic? No pesticides? Top bar only? No foundation? Natural cell size? I'm afraid I'm a little confused on what "naturally raised" is.

    Either way, welcome to the site!

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    Welcome to Beesource Galoways.
    So many weeds.......so little time.

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    Hello Dragonfly,

    Thanks for the welcome. BTW-I did find B.Weaver in your state who sounds promissing for buying bees. Have you done business with them?

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    Default Re: Naturally raised bees for sale

    hello Sqkcrk,

    I'm certain you positively know a heck of a lot more about bees than I.
    So..........when I speak of naturally raised; I mean not fumigants or chemical treatments by humans! So if you just want to sting me; you succeded.

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    Specialkayme,

    Another Africanized beekeeper tying to use the venom.
    ????? I don't know what your talking about????

    PLEEEZ give me a break!
    Last edited by Galoways; 02-01-2011 at 01:38 PM.

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    Haha, no worries Galoways. I wasn't trying to insult you or anything. I was just trying to throw out a few "buzz words" (pun intended) to see if any of those were closer to what you were looking for.

    The term "Naturally raised" isn't something that has a common meaning in the beekeeping community. Some throw out the term "natural" hives, but even that doesn't have the same meaning from one beekeeper to another. "Treatment free" is a more common term used, but again, what isn't a treatment to one person is to another. "Chemical free" runs much like "treatment free," as some of the treatments (while comprising of chemical compounds) aren't necessarily harsh chemical compounds. It all depends on your view.

    Does your head hurt by now? Sorry, mine does too

    There are a few threads on here that talk about treatments that are well worth the read, if you have the time. Contact a local beekeepers association, get a mentor, and talk to them about treatment free bees, and treatment free options. It's really a learning process.

    If you are interested in purchasing bees that are along the lines of what you are looking for, take a look at B.Weaver or "The Fat Bee Man" in Georgia (if you want his info I can try to find it). Both are good starting points.

    Sorry if I offended you, it wasn't my intention. I was trying to help.

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    Default Re: Naturally raised bees for sale

    Here's a URL that supports your Natural keeping of the bees"

    http://magic.server101.com/beekeeping/



    Introducing the Quick Start Guide to Natural Beekeeping ...
    Feb 26, 2009 ... This entry was posted in Free Downloads, Questions Answered, Sustainable Beekeeping and tagged beehive, diy beehive, natural beekeeping, ...


    Regards,
    Ernie
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

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    Welcome Galoways, As stated above you kinda confused ue as to just what you were asking, Again welcome,enjoy,learn and share your thoughts. You might try Long Lane Honeybees in Ill. Bsweet
    Stop and smell the flowers, 50,000 ladies can't be wrong
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    Yeah, what SpecialKay said.

    What strikes me about BEEginners is they think so differently and speak so differently it's as if I went to France, or maybe Quebec, and tried to get by speaking a language I didn't know how to use well or properly. This is a problem w/ internet beekeeping. We don't all speak the same language. Words have meaning and if not used the same way as others mean, they cause confusing. So, say what you mean and be prepared to explain what you mean when others are confused or setr back by terms such as "Natural".

    Apitherapy, aka bee sting therapy, is supposed to be good for you, according to some people.
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    Default Re: Naturally raised bees for sale

    Heh,heh. What's a browser? I'll try it again. Maybe I didn't wait long enuf.

    Another thing I haven't learned yet is to just say "Welcome." and to let other, more diplomatic persons ask question for clarification. In reference to the reaction to my first post on this Thread.

    One thing I have learned, as a beekeeper, is that each sting hurts, but, if you are going to be a beekeeper, you have to just scrape them off and keep going.
    Mark Berninghausen
    The answers are the end. The questions are the journey. Journey on.



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    Default Re: Naturally raised bees for sale

    Welcome, Galoways! I'm only been here a month (and don't even have bees yet!) so I can't answer your question myself, but you're going to find a ton of info here. You'll probably want to check out the top-bar hive forum for a lot of what it sounds like you're looking for.

    The word 'natural' is a loaded word in beekeeping, it seems.


    Best of luck!

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    Not offended.......just wanted information and leads.
    Opinions are like you know what.................everyone has one.

    I just know what we'd like to try and do.Iif we are not successfull we will just keep trying.

    Thanks for the lead.

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    Hey Bsquad!

    I've found a ton of stuff on the net about top bar beekeeping. Another good site with some common sense back to nature approach on beekeeping is Bee Landing. The guy has some neat videos on Youtube.

    Thanks

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    Sqkcrk,

    Take the time to read, listen and understand a newbee to the bee world. Insted of being so judgemental.
    I'm not in a contest here.......simply looking for a little help. Which you'd obviously rather
    not contribute! So not a problem just take long buzzzzzzzzzz Offfffffff !

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    Bsweet ,

    Give me a break ! Confused you say! Not at all.......not with your experience.

    I didn't know I was in the courtroom. What I mean by natural is !!
    Done as close to NATURE (root word of natural) as possible. Can you understand that!!

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    Default Re: Naturally raised bees for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Words have meaning and if not used the same way as others mean, they cause confusing...

    Apitherapy, aka bee sting therapy, is supposed to be good for you, according to some people.
    Actually, I learned that the term 'apitherapy' doesn't refer only to bee sting therapy, but to the medicinal/health uses of all bee products as well, including venom, propolis, royal jelly, wax, honey, etc.
    Yet another example of words meaning different things to different people!
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

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    Galoways,

    Take a second to relax. We mean you no harm. We are just trying to make sure that you understand our "terminology."

    Everyone would like for you, and everyone else to stick around and learn together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galoways View Post
    Sqkcrk,

    Take the time to read, listen and understand a newbee to the bee world. Insted of being so judgemental.
    I'm not in a contest here.......simply looking for a little help. Which you'd obviously rather
    not contribute! So not a problem just take long buzzzzzzzzzz Offfffffff !
    You are going to get along here just fine. I don't know how you interpreted my questions as being hostile, but you did. I really think you should join Tailgater so we can spar. If you don't like my questions, maybe you should just ignore them.

    By the way, if you wish to block any of my comments or replys from showing up on your screen you can block them. There is a way.

    Bee Happy. Like you said, everyone has an opinion. Enjoy yours.
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