Intro Pickens Co Georgia USA
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  1. #1
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    Jasper, Georgia, USA
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    Default Intro Pickens Co Georgia USA

    Newbie again after 47 years! My dad built a hive about 1970. Apparently not a standard size since I remember him cutting about 2" off the ends of the foundation wax. Post Office called when the package of bees arrived, they wanted us to come get them! Did not want to keep them overnight. Seem to recall they were a variety called Midnight.

    Moved in 1972 and took the hive with us. Borrowed a veil and smoker from a relative and very disappointed their was no surplus to 'rob'. Bees died or disappeared shortly after we moved. Later gave the empty hive to the same cousin who had loaned us the veil.

    Have thought of bees off and on through the years. Even lurked here (and other forums) at times. Never signed up until a few days ago. Nice to see the pictures and perhaps ask a question or two. Recently discovered a coworker is also interested in bees so we may both join the local club and attend meetings. He is not a forum junkie like I am, but have invited him here.

    No illusions of making money, but do want to keep costs down and possibly offset some losses. That said - will probably start with an observation hive:-O Have seen several through the years at fairs and festivals and they are so fascinating to watch! . Also interested in alternative hive materials, but that is a much longer term goal. Oh, currently have an occupied observation bat house so no stranger to to the odd and unusual.

    Realize this is long for a introduction so will end this here.

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  3. #2
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    jackson county, alabama, usa
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    Default Re: Intro Pickens Co Georgia USA

    welcome aboard wb!

    lots of nice wooded lands around jasper, most likely some wild type feral honeybees surviving in those woods.

    one way to offset costs and possibly end up with some hearty bees is to set out swarm traps in the spring.
    journaling the growth of a (mite) treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  4. #3
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    Grand Rapids MI USA
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    Default Re: Intro Pickens Co Georgia USA

    Welcome and good luck!
    Rod

  5. #4
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    Jasper, Georgia, USA
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    Default Re: Intro Pickens Co Georgia USA

    Thanks, already have plans for a couple of hanging traps by spring. However any long term feral bees are probably too far away to catch. Just the past two or three years are we again seeing honey bees. Prior to that were several years with almost none. Bumble bees flourished and filled the void. Pretty sure the pumpkin farm next door has them again. Also someone on the next road over has at least eight hives. Four each on trailers, one of which stays in his front yard year round and the other comes and goes.

    16 acres (our 5 plus in-laws 11) so plenty of room for traps and hives. Just more likely to catch a neighbors swarm or a recently feral one than a Holygrail.

    Hope I do not have to work late Thursday. Linda Tillman from Atlanta is the guest speaker this month and the topic is treatment free beekeeping.

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    Lamar Co. Alabama, USA
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    Default Re: Intro Pickens Co Georgia USA

    Welcome to Bee Source.
    "Sometimes the best action, with bees, is no action at all."

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