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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.
This forum is dedicated to the discussion and research of all genres of beekeeping history, including; Bee Management, Persons of Beekeeping, Bee Hunting, Archaeology of Beekeeping, Tall Tales, Folklore, Superstitions, Medicine, Beekeeping Antiques, Science and Bees in Warfare. READ THE STICKY THREAD "Viewing these threads" FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE OLDER THREADS SHOW UP ON YOUR LIST
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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