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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Paige, Texas, USA
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    Default Newbie from Paige Texas

    i recently decided to get into bee keeping in a most unusual way.
    first off, i have many hobbies as I would rather learn to do something myself than to have to buy or pay someone else to do it for me. self-sufficiency is my objective.
    a few years back i got into reloading my own ammo, which got me interested in making gunpowder, which lead me to extracting sodium nitrate from manure and guano and so on. later i started casting my own lead bullets and as lead bullets need a lubricant, i've played around with different recipes for wax which i found beeswax a must have component, so with the price of beeswax i thought why not look into my own hives, after all, i've got 20 acres and i don't know of any other beekeepers in the area so they may do well. i researched the various types of hives (Lang, Warre, etc) and decided on the KTBH as it is simple to make and should be easier to manage. I don't have any bees yet, but i've seen a few hundred bees down at the edge of the pond getting loaded up on water so yesterday i built an 8 bar nuc to see if they'll take up residence.
    besides the potential for harvest of honey and wax, i've done considerable reading about honey bees and i've become quite enthralled with these little 'work-a-holics' so i registered to this site to learn even more.

    Cheers

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Newbie from Paige Texas

    Welcome to Besource!

    > i found beeswax a must have component
    > and decided on the KTBH as it is simple to make and should be easier to manage.

    A top bar hive is well suited to crush & strain honey recovery which will yield a high percentage of beeswax compared to a Lang using an extractor.
    Graham
    --- Victor Hugo - "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Paige, Texas, USA
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    Default Re: Newbie from Paige Texas

    Thanks - great point!
    and i forgot to mention that I make homebrew also, so i'm also looking forward to finding some Mead recipes.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Newbie from Paige Texas

    Welcome CJ!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Pickens County, South Carolina, US
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    Default Re: Newbie from Paige Texas

    Welcome to the site!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, USA
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    105

    Default Re: Newbie from Paige Texas

    Probably your best luck at getting bees would be to google bee swarm swarming and prepare the basic hive box that you could make the bees fall into. With a few frames of foundation for them to first hang onto. If they don't stay in the box that may mean you did not get the queen there. Good Luck and realize there is almost no end to what is available about bees on the internet. Best to make a check off list of what you will want handy and then even consider buying your first queen with the necessary workers too if nothing else seems to work.

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