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  1. #1
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    Default bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    Droppping in to say "hello" and thanks for the help that I will be receiving in the near future !! (I have a few questions). The title ?? I told the wife about a year ago that I wanted a new "hobby". I wanted to get some chickens or some bees. We have a small yard and believe it or not , she said BEES !! I think she was calling my bluff but we've had bees for about a year now. They are a captured swarm and we requeened them a couple of weeks ago. We live in the Hill Country in Texas and we're still trying to figure out what we're doing !! I'm actually supposed to go acquire some bees from a neighbors gardening cabinet in the next few days. It may end up being our second hive. That's about that. I'm gonna post a question somewhere in a few moments. Not sure what section it should be in. I'll put another post on here giving some direction to hopefully get some more help.
    Thanks in advance and "hello" everyone !!!!

  2. #2
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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    Hi!
    I suggest, that since it's been a year with bees, that it's now time for those chickens too! And, since the birds and the bees teach to breed like rabbits, you might get some of those too! Welcome to Beesource!

  3. #3
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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    Welcome! We did it the other way around. Chickens first, then bees two years later.
    Pete. New 2013, 7 hives, zone 6a
    To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    Very nice! How did your bees do in the Hill Country? Is there much forage around you? Last summer was on the dry side, wasn't it? It must've been a tough year to get started.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    we're still trying to figure out what we're doing !!
    That's all beekeepers ever do.

    Welcome!
    Try it. What could happen?

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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    If you have had them a year you must have figured something out.
    thats the way i roll.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    Let's see
    Last year was kind of dry but we live by a lake and a pretty big field so they have plenty of foraging.
    The first swarm I had ended up slowly dying out. I either didn't get the queen or she died early (I think) and they were just dying. We had a laying worker but that wasn't panning out too well.
    Glad to know I'm not the only one that feels a bit lost !!!
    LOL Thanks for making me feel welcome and not like a complete moron !!!!!!

  8. #8
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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    Oh, and the chickens will come once we get a little more land. We're in the market right now !!! (Probably some more bees too !!)

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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    Welcome RS!
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    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  10. #10
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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    A few chickens for eggs sure. A bunch for eating...not so much. But, then again chickens don't sting when you pet them

  11. #11
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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    No but they will peck you when you try to get eggs from underneath them. And that is from 100% experience.
    Potato Guns shouldn't be illegal in Texas!

  12. #12
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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    Quote Originally Posted by spudrocket View Post
    No but they will peck you when you try to get eggs from underneath them. And that is from 100% experience.
    mine did that to me once........


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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    You made the right choice with the bees.

    Chickens are horrible, stupid, nasty little creatures. I actually have a vegetarian friend that will eat chicken because "anything that dumb doesn't deserve to be called meat".

    Bees are much nicer.
    Beekeeper since 2013. Read my bee blog at:
    http://harrisonbayhoney.blogspot.com

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    Big Grin Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Edymnion View Post

    Chickens are horrible, stupid, nasty little creatures. I actually have a vegetarian friend that will eat chicken because "anything that dumb doesn't deserve to be called meat".
    Don't sugar coat it. Tell us how you really feel . That really did make me laugh.

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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    Welcome to the site!

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    Default Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    Welcome! I'm pretty new here, but this is one of the nicest community forums you can find!

    and +1 to Edymnion

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