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« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2015 01:43:00 PM »

Although I don't think I'll ever be an owner of bees (I just can't get over my issues with bugs in general, it's disappointing) I love learning about your process of keeping them (in addition to all the other cool stuff you do on your farm)! Thanks so much for sharing. I always learn so much  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2015 02:58:17 PM »

Great step by step!  I've never seen the whole bee package thing either.  I used to help a friend with her bees in California and we would rescue hives. (So basically it was much less neatly laid out than yours.). Wink 
   Just out of curiosity, why all the sugar?  You must have loads of flowers on your property?  We never did the sugar and got lots of honey.
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2015 03:27:13 PM »

Thanks you both and good question, thisbird!  California has a different climate than mountainous Virginia where we live, which explains the difference.  The only flowers we have around here right now are violets and a few early spring flowering trees.  My tulips haven't even come up yet.  The bees will get in full pollination/honey swing around here in June, when the tulip poplar trees bloom.  With any luck, we'll have a second harvest late summer of sourwood honey.  Those trees bloom in July, but only in abundance when the climate cooperates. 
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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2015 03:36:09 PM »

I saw "beef pickup here" in the thumbnail... 

You drove with bees in your car. You. Drove. With. Bees. In. Your. Car.  There are not enough  Embarrassed faces in the world to encompass my feelings about that.  Of course, with a bee phobia I am probably not an ideal beekeeper, anyway, but...

I had a bee in my car once.  Let's just say that EVERYONE at that intersection was lucky to get out alive.  I managed to keep it together through the red light, race across to the gas station parking lot on the green, and fling myself out of my car.  I was shaking so badly I couldn't even stand up.  A kind guy came over and shooed the bee away with his hand.  HIS. HAND.  *shudder*

My hat's off to you and everyone who keeps bees!
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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2015 03:44:43 PM »

Your response made me giggle so hard!  I do get it, though.  The day I find a snake in my car is the day CarMax picks it up because it will never be driven by me ever again.  Ever.  Thankfully, that probably will never happen. 

We drove with 24,000 bees in our car.  We drove very very carefully, with particular care of anyone who might have been close enough to rear end us.  Luckily, we live very remotely.
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« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2015 03:54:49 PM »

So basically you get the bees drunk, the queen gets "companions", you drive them around but they can't see where they are going, and you call that keeping? There's a story here and I'm calling HBO or Showtime immediately!

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True Honey

House of Bees

Game of Bees

 Cheesy Grin Wink
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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2015 03:56:00 PM »

The Real HouseBees of Missing Willow Farm! Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2015 04:02:13 PM »

LOL!
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« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2015 06:04:49 PM »

Not to hjack your thread, but I thought I'd show these to let you all know how gentle bees really are!  Lana had several crawling on her and didn't get stung once, even though a few got under her shorts.  The key is not to swat them.  Smiley



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« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2015 06:06:33 PM »

This is fascinating!! Thanks for sharing, MW! I can't believe you drove these little guys home in your car Cheesy. Bees on board!!
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