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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Lake Worth, Florida, USA
    Posts
    141

    Default Hi from South Florida

    Hi all! I'm Jan and glad to have found you. I am a first year beekeeper in West Palm Beach but with all the things we've done with bees, I am feeling fairly seasoned. I received my first two hives as birthday gifts from bee friends last April, and cut out two more in October. A lot has happened in the last 9 months and having two hives at start-up proved to be a great help. One hive took off and built up fast with us getting over 90 pounds of honey. The other hive was not building up at all. They kept superceding their queen. Ended up replacing her in June. Now they are strong. Our cut outs are the same way, one taking off, the other turned out queenless with a laying worker. I kept adding brood, they would build queens cells, they'd hatch, then supercede her. I think there are not enough drones this time of year to get a good queen. I ended up combining it with a small queen right swarm from Al, with Bee Understanding. She was released from her cage by the girls and now I am sitting around for 10 days to pass so I can check for brood. The hive is very active and seems fine. My hives are Langs but I have a long Lang that I will be trying in the Spring. I can't wait! After researching, we are following the "no treatment, small cell" route. Just got to figure out if I will get the bees from splitting, cut outs, or friends. I also use the products of my hives in soaps and bath/body products. So that's my story.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    international falls, Mn
    Posts
    247

    Default Re: Hi from South Florida

    Welcome cessnagirl....
    It sounds like you got it all happining already....lots of info here on beesource, you just have
    to wade through it to find what you want....our son sold his cessna about 3 years ago and has
    built a 4 place home built in his garage...His job is flying CRJ-200's..hope you enjoy it here.

    ==McBee7==

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
    Posts
    7,007

    Default Re: Hi from South Florida

    Welcome Jan! Have you met the local beekeepers club or your State Apiary Inspector yet?
    http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divi...ctor-Directory
    http://floridabeekeepers.org/localassociations.htm
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Gainesboro, Tennessee, USA.
    Posts
    398

    Default Re: Hi from South Florida

    Welcome to bee source.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Lake Worth, Florida, USA
    Posts
    141

    Default Re: Hi from South Florida

    Thanks for the welcome! Why, yes, I have joined Palm Beach Beekeepers and the state association, too. PB Beeks have been awesome. Best club of any type I've belonged to. Haven't met the inspector (Caitlin) yet, but I'm sure I will by June. Thanks for checking.

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