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  1. #61
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    Default Re: Top Ten Rookie Bee Mistakes

    Number one thing I've heard and tell anyone I'm helping, get into the hive and learn by touching. If you don't look at the hive all the time, and open it every week or so, you can't learn what is good and bad. Yes you might kill your hive because you go into it to much, but the education you get from it the first year will not only love the bees more, but set you up for success with the bees the next year. Plus, that's why you have 2 hives right?

  2. #62
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    Default Re: Top Ten Rookie Bee Mistakes

    MrHappy, you are right that nothing beats a hand on experience.
    I open my hive almost everyday since Nov. of last year. They are growing
    stronger not dying everyday. If I know that opening up the hive everyday will kill them
    then I won't. But so far they are fine and multiplying. Of course I do it fast too.

  3. #63
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    Default Re: Top Ten Rookie Bee Mistakes

    Not feeding in a dearth

  4. #64
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    Default Re: Top Ten Rookie Bee Mistakes

    Quote Originally Posted by MrHappy View Post
    Number one thing I've heard and tell anyone I'm helping, get into the hive and learn by touching. If you don't look at the hive all the time, and open it every week or so, you can't learn what is good and bad. Yes you might kill your hive because you go into it to much, but the education you get from it the first year will not only love the bees more, but set you up for success with the bees the next year. Plus, that's why you have 2 hives right?
    And the thing to learn the second year is don't get into the hive too often. Watch the activity in front of the hive, get an observer hive, listen to the hive. Go to bee club meetings, read old threads on beesource. Tune your senses to all the clues that you get BEFORE you crack the hive open. Go with veteran beeks to their yards - a 30 year hobbyist with 12 hives, a sideliner with 150 hives, a commercial beek with 800+ colonies. You will learn a lot!

    I used to check on the 1st, the 10th and the 20th of every month, now I just look in the ones that have issues.

  5. #65
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    Default Re: Top Ten Rookie Bee Mistakes

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackwater Bees View Post
    Mistake #2 I made picking up a nuc from a new source. When I went to pick it up, the beekeeper was fully suited up with veil, gloves, and sleeves/pants cuffs duct taped shut. I work mine in shorts and white tshirt with tulle veil. They head butted me repeatedly while we were in his bee yard just standing there. I should have left those bees there. I've been stung by them more than all my other hives combined. The only reason I haven't requeened, is that they stick the honey back like its going out of style. They were also the only hive that the hive beetles wouldnt mess with last summer.
    Ha, that's why I think I prefer them a tad hot.

  6. #66
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    Default Re: Top Ten Rookie Bee Mistakes

    PatBeek - Do they make lots of honey? Are they Hygenic? If so, send them to me! I love naughty girls (need a smilie with an evil grin, heh heh)

    My bumber sticker says, "Beekeepers do it with 60,000 girls at a time", but actually I'm very decent, just a one-girlfriend-at-a-time kind of guy who gets away with humor that few could pull off safely.

    Oh, and one to pass along. Don't sneeze when making a bee beard. BIG MISTAKE. HUGE. STUPENDOUS. And it's a good idea to put earplugs in your nostrils when doing it, and wear "Kareem Abdul Jabbar" goggles. Two or three breathing straws can help a lot. Just put your queen cage necklace on, add unsmoked SWARM bees, get you photo, and put them back in the box (Put the queen in the box and brush them off with a goose feather) without goofing around too much.

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