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  1. #1
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    Default Advantages/Disadvantages to beekeeping

    People often ask me,(who are interested in starting beekeeping as a hobby), what the advantages and disadvantages are to having hives on their property. Whats a reasonable answer?

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    Default Re: Advantages/Disadvantages to beekeeping

    Same answer to both

    Most people think your nuts and stay away Jim
    Stop and smell the flowers, 50,000 ladies can't be wrong
    Bsweetapiary@aol.com

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    Default Re: Advantages/Disadvantages to beekeeping

    The biggest advantage is it's a thinking mans hobby and while you think about what to do with your bees to keep them well and working their best, there isn't time to fret over other things. It's a great escape.

    Disadvatage would be cost and that you are at the mercy of the weather to get your honey. Of course being at the mercy of the elements kind of brings you back to agricultural roots. I do know that I wouldn't want to do it for a living and have tremendous respect for those who do.

    Thanks for the chance to give a few random thoughts.

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    Default Re: Advantages/Disadvantages to beekeeping

    help save the bees
    help pollinate thier garden
    can claim to be a tree hugger
    free honey they were given

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    Default Re: Advantages/Disadvantages to beekeeping

    Both an advantage and disadvantage: hives tend to multiply!

    Advantages: pollination, honey, just the wonderful experience that beekeeping is. I have also made some really great friends through beekeeping. Making a small positive contribution to the environment.

    Disadvantages: Potential issues with neighbors, sometimes equipment gets costly.

    I could come up with tons of advantages if I really pondered it, but not a lot of disadvantages.
    I started out as an opportunistic beekeeper. Now the bees keep me...

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    Default Re: Advantages/Disadvantages to beekeeping

    The two motivations for most of my yards are to help the bees and to get their pumpkins pollinated.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Advantages/Disadvantages to beekeeping

    Quote Originally Posted by Bsweet View Post
    Most people think your nuts and stay away Jim
    That is the same reason I got into bee keeping. How cool is that.

    Quote Originally Posted by beeware10 View Post
    help save the bees
    can claim to be a tree hugger
    Yea Fakies. I bought a Tundra and will be getting a truck to make the opposite statement. Bee's balance the gas guzzling and keeps the tree hiphuggers at bay.

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