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General Beekeeping Forums
A joint effort to develop an FAQ on all aspects of beginning beekeeping. Note that this sub-forum and its 'child' sub-forums are 'closed' to new posts. Please use other sub-forums to start new threads.
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This is a general beekeeping forum to discuss all the various topics on beekeeping that don't fit in any of the other beekeeping forums.
First year? First hives? Ask your questions here.
Discussion on use and design of hive parts, tools and accessories.
Identifying and treating diseases and pests.
Queen characteristics, behaviors, problems as well as bee breeding.
Top Bar, Layen, Ukrainian, any other horizontal hives.
Swarming hives as well as techniques and experience catching those "wild" bees.
Dividing or combining a colony. How-to, problems and fixes.
Discussing and formulating honeybee management methods that cooperate as much as possible with natural bee biology without resorting to the use of chemicals and drugs.
Nectar and pollen sources. Creating bee friendly spaces in gardens.
Warre, Delon, Russian alpine, any other vertical compact hives.
Observation hive construction and management.
The raising, keeping and other issues of concern for pollinating bees, other than the honey bee.
A place to post and view photos and videos about beekeeping.
Discussions about over-wintering bees. Tips, techniques, successes and failures
Business Side of Beekeeping
Beekeeping from a commercial point of view. Focus is on income production and cost/time efficiencies, pros/cons of certain practices, and other subjects more of concern to those making their primary income from bees.
Focus is on product marketing; labeling, processing for retail sales, licensing and regulations, etc.
Share your experience with pollination industry participants, either growers, suppliers of bees or managers/brokers, both positive and negative.
Bounty of The Hive
Discussion on harvesting and extraction, types, characteristics, uses, bottling and marketing, creating "honey do" lists, etc.
Share your "honey" recipes.
Mead, wine and beer using honey. Recipies, suppliers, instruction, tips, and more.
Candlemaking, soapmaking, lotions, balms, ointments.
One sting at a time.
Associations & Societies / Blogs & Pods
Post any upcoming events or news about your meetings and classes here. (Associations, workshops, clubs, etc.)
Personal blogs, podcasts and video interviews and presentations may be posted here.
Local Beekeeping Associations by State
Threads where "funding requests" for beekeeping related projects are a material issue. This would include KickStarter, GoFundMe, FundRazr, etc type projects. Be aware that contibuting money IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. Note that there is NO GUARANTEE THAT ANY PROMISED PRODUCTS or INCENTIVES WILL ACTUALLY BE SHIPPED, OR THAT THEY WILL PERFORM AS STATED!
Books of Interest.
For posting beekeeping related items that you want to sell. Please be descriptive (size, amount, cost, contact info, etc.). Price MUST be included.
Let us know what beekeeping related item you're looking for. Please be descriptive (size, amount, color, contact info, etc.).
If you really must, post the ever popular and tiring questions, "Where can I buy . . ." or "Who sells the best . ." Do not post prices.
Post items here that you would like to give away. Please be descriptive (size, amount, color, contact info, etc.).
For posting beekeeping related employment. Looking for work or looking to hire.
Share your experience with merchants and suppliers, both positive and negative.
Find a source of local honey to buy.
Need bees for pollination? Here is a list of beekeepers who provide colonies for pollination.
Need a swarm or bees removed from your property? Here is a list of beekeepers who can do it. Honey Bee removal only. Call an exterminator for all other stinging insects.
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Beekeeping 101Started with 4 this year and ended with 5. I’d love to hear from backyard beekeepers about the fun threshold and the right number of hives for them and why. My 5th colony was a swarm and its presently overwintering in 1/2 of a resource hive snuggled up to a big colony. Right now the best...
Beekeeping 101G’day. I’m a hobby beekeeper from Australia. I’m still learning. My colony’s queen is not a great performer. I was going to squish her and let them make a new one. I read once that it is a good idea to keep the queen until the new one is mated and laying. I can’t remember where I read that...
Bee ForumI have decided to try an out of state source this time for a few VSH queens this spring and have narrowed it down to a couple of options including Wildflower Meadows. i am interested in any reports from people that have used their queens before. I also have read some reports of VSH queens, in...
Sixth year beekeeper here in Petaluma, California. I've been fairly successful as a beekeeper, always keeping two to three hives. I used to keep my hives at a location, not at my house until last year when a vineyard near where my bees were kept, sprayed and it killed both my hives. Because...
Beekeeping 101So my daughter finally had time to find my postal scale for me so I could finally weigh my deeps I weighed them without top or bottom boards, just the hive. The top which is full of capped honey weighed 67 pounds The bottom with most the brood weighed only 40 pounds. Which I imagine is better...