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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Iberia Parish, Louisiana, USA

    Default Beekeeping again........

    I'm down here in South Louisiana, about 20 miles North of Vermillion Bay.

    This is my third time around. Kept bees through high school. My grandmother made the mistake of asking me what I wanted for my 10th birthday and.... . Got bees again when I was out of the Air Force and back in college. Honey paid the doctor when my first two daughters were born. I sold out 7 years later when my job just took too much time. And last year, with retirement looming I decided to give it another go.

    Of course things have changed a lot since then. Varoa, small hive beetles, systemic insecticides, CCD............well you guys know the story.

    Anyway, I'm taking a minimalist approach this time. Kenya top bars, no treatment, starting with all feral hives. I'm going to let the bees teach me this time.

    I caught 3 swarms last year. One was a late cast and I ended up combining it with the weaker of my other two. Everybody made it through winter fine and both hives are building up fast with the maples blooming.............sweet gum soon to follow. I'm hoping to make a few queens this spring and split my hives. I'll mate them a couple of parishes west of here to diversify the gene pool.

    Wish me luck.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA

    Default Re: Beekeeping again........

    Welcome to Beesource!

    And good luck with your endeavors.
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Centerville, Utah, USA

    Default Re: Beekeeping again........

    I am happy you have picked it up again. Good luck, I hope all goes well. Welcome to Beesource

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Alachua County, FL, USA

    Default Re: Beekeeping again........

    Welcome Clif!


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