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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
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    Kingston, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Old school no more!

    Greetings folks! I've been keeping bees since college when me and my dad cut down a bee tree for fire wood. Since we didn't know that the bees were there, I tried to save them but it was the middle of January and the skunks got in to them. That spring I started beekeeping and have been doing it since 1980. Sometimes I only checked them once a month or only a couple of times a year and I still got a lot of honey off them. In normal years back then, 50 to 100 lbs of honey were very standard for this lazy beekeeper per hive. Since I lived away from home in Florida or Texas I really couldn't be very active in my beekeeping. Since I moved back closer to my home base, I now have Carniolan bees since my Italians finally died out in 2008 and I made the change to start being a better beekeeper. In my primary location is in Kingston Tennessee has a great population of Tulip Poplar, clovers, sumac and some basswood. This year I did a split in the middle of March off my 1 hive after finding a queen cell and that hive still produced over 100 lbs of honey. This location is that good for beekeeping. From early Feb through mid-July there always something in bloom. I have been really impressed with the NW carniolan stock and I'm planning to make a lot more splits this spring and get up to 6-7 hives. So far the carniolan are controlling the mite population without a lot of hard treatments from me. Using wintergreen/tea tree (in sugar feed) and mineral oil (on frames) plus one treatment of Thymol in September for primary control. Going to get a lot of nucs started this spring to expand my hobby. Happy beekeeping guys!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Boston, MA
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    Default Re: Old school no more!

    Welcome to BeeSource!

    Cheers,
    Tony P.
    There must be a harder way to do that... let me find it for you.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
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    Default Re: Old school no more!

    Welcome UT, looking forward to hearing how it all goes.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Old school no more!

    Welcome UTVH!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  5. #5

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    Hi neighbor and welcome! I'm just down the road in Meigs County, but I work in Kingston. This is my first year having bees. Hopefully I'll still have bees in the spring. Had a good year this year with one hive. Hoping for more success (and more bees) in the years to come.
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Kingston, Tennessee, USA
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    274

    Default Re: Old school no more!

    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Modem View Post
    Hi neighbor and welcome! I'm just down the road in Meigs County, but I work in Kingston. This is my first year having bees. Hopefully I'll still have bees in the spring. Had a good year this year with one hive. Hoping for more success (and more bees) in the years to come.
    Greetings! Since it looks like another mild winter you should do well as long as they have good stores and a good population going into winter. I have one hive low stores hive right now I'm feeding back honey (+ wintergreen oil) to keep it in good shape. One thing you can do right now is check the entrance for dead bees (it's normal to have a few per week 1 or 3 is no concern) and check their underbellies for mites. Drop them in to rubbing alcohol to prep the dead ones and look closely for dislodged mites). Not really the time to treat but your know if you have a problem. Good luck and have a great Christmas.

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