Need Bees Removed?
International
Beekeeping Forums
September 17, 2014, 02:56:16 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: ATTENTION ALL NEW MEMBERS
PLEASE READ THIS OR YOUR ACCOUNT MAY BE DELETED - CLICK HERE
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar bee removal Login Register Chat  

Pages: [1] 2 3  All   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: what not to forget when starting out in beekeeping  (Read 2464 times)
PLAN-B
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 249

Location: Holden, Louisiana

When all else fails go to PLAN-BEE


« on: February 13, 2013, 07:17:07 PM »

I have my hives, a hive tool, smoker, top feeders on their way, veil, frames and foundation. If there is one thing you as a seasoned beekeeper would add to this list, what would it be? Don't want to get the girls and need something and not have it... Thanks  Undecided
Logged

Marshall
BlueBee
Galactic Bee
******
Online Online

Gender: Male
Posts: 4212

Location: Mid Michigan


« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 07:32:24 PM »

If your foundation is plastic, IMO it really helps to roll on a little more bees wax. 
Logged
goatmanbees
New Bee
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 49

Location: Stanley, NY

The name is in reference to Pan.


« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2013, 07:47:10 PM »

I like having a frame perch. I don't need it but I like using it.
Logged
10framer
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1509

Location: Butler,GA


« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2013, 08:02:26 PM »

benadryl just in case. 
Logged
PLAN-B
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 249

Location: Holden, Louisiana

When all else fails go to PLAN-BEE


« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013, 08:21:42 PM »

I am using wax foundation blue. I was looking at the frame perches and do think its a great idea, if anything so i'm not clumsy with the girls and need that benadryl sooner rather than later. LOL Thanks for the input Blue, Goat and 10...
Logged

Marshall
edward
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1195


Location: BÖNAN SWEDEN

FEED ME HONEY or I`ll smash your screen !


« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2013, 08:25:06 PM »

If there is one thing you as a seasoned beekeeper would add to this list, what would it be?

 bee Have fun with your new friends  bee

mvh edward  tongue
Logged
buzzbee
Ken
Administrator
Galactic Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 5443


Location: North Central PA


WWW
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2013, 08:43:56 PM »

A cheap digital camera to take pictures when doing inspections. Looking at the pictures later, you can observe things you overlooked when doing your inspection. And when you look into the cells keep the sun to your back, it makes eggs easier to see.
Video cams on a tripod are grat too for posterity. Smiley
Logged
bailey
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 874


Location: RACELAND LA


« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2013, 09:06:00 PM »

Each hive can grow to 5 or so boxes this year.  Have supers ready. 
Bailey
Logged

most often i find my greatest source of stress to be OPS  ( other peoples stupidity )

It is better to keep ones mouth shut and be thought of as a fool than to open ones mouth and in so doing remove all doubt.
johng
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 93

Location: Jacksonville, Fl


« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2013, 09:15:20 PM »

I was gonna say more boxes too. It is always a good idea to have a couple extra hives ready to go. Especially in the spring time. Once people know you keep bees you will get swarm calls. 
Logged
iddee
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 6051

Location: Randleman, NC


« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2013, 11:38:02 PM »

If you are using deeps, cross wire the foundation. If using mediums, I still wire, but it may not be needed. If shallows, wiring isn't needed.
Logged

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me . . . Anything can happen, child. Anything can be"

*Shel Silverstein*
BlueBee
Galactic Bee
******
Online Online

Gender: Male
Posts: 4212

Location: Mid Michigan


« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2013, 12:27:55 AM »

I would add a couple of bee keeping books if you don’t have any.  There is often too much confusing advice on the forums.  I recommend buying a couple of modern bee keeping books and then download some of the free old Google books for more references.  The free Google books are out of copyright, so they’re like 100 years old.  However there is still a lot of good information in them. 
Logged
edward
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1195


Location: BÖNAN SWEDEN

FEED ME HONEY or I`ll smash your screen !


« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2013, 05:17:35 AM »

A helpful mentor  Smiley

mvh edward  tongue
Logged
VolunteerK9
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1647

Location: Southeast Tennessee

Gamecock fan in UT land.


« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2013, 05:30:10 AM »

Propane torch
Extra frames and hive bodies
And a can of Copenhagen to calm your nerves (optional) but its what I use-just remember that you have a veil on before you try to spit  cool
Logged
indypartridge
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1099


Location: Brown County, IN


« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2013, 06:17:31 AM »

Practice with your smoker before your bees arrive. Experiment with different fuels, figure out what works best for you. When you can light it without much fuss, and can set it down and leave it for 15 minutes and still have it lit, then you're ready for bees.
Logged
PLAN-B
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 249

Location: Holden, Louisiana

When all else fails go to PLAN-BEE


« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2013, 07:31:06 AM »

I never thought about practicing with my smoker, but thats a great idea, thanks... As far as a mentor i am adopting Bailey ---shhh he doesnt know it yet   grin ...lol... I had my neighbor cut me some 1x 8 on his sawmill and plan on using this to make extra boxes... Thanks for all the great advice-
Logged

Marshall
Michael Bush
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 13653


Location: Nehawka, NE


WWW
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2013, 07:57:18 AM »

Bees.  Don't forget those... Wink

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesoptions.htm#recommend
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnewbees.htm
Logged

Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen
goatmanbees
New Bee
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 49

Location: Stanley, NY

The name is in reference to Pan.


« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2013, 08:33:04 AM »

One good thing I learned practicing with the smoker. If you have paper wasps around your house, shed, etc.  Smoke them!!!  In my experience, they fly away and don't come back.
Logged
10framer
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1509

Location: Butler,GA


« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2013, 09:05:41 AM »

if la. is like alabama and georgia you've got plenty of free smoker fuel.  i use pine straw. 
Logged
Joe D
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1992

Location: Ovett, Ms


« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2013, 10:41:37 AM »

Something I use a lot, some people don't, is a good dolly.  One that has good size tires and a set of wheels that can be put down at the top end.  When I do inspections I will stack the boxes I have gone through on it, with it on the 4 wheels.  And when you move hives or are taking full supers off for harvest it comes in handy.



Joe
Logged
mikecva
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 593


Location: Northern Virginia USA


« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2013, 11:16:06 AM »

I like having a second hive tool in case I drop the one I am using (they never seam to go straight down), a good spray bottle (I use a light spray for quick work rather then smoke) and a drape to put over an open colony rather then messing with the inter cover. 

Welcome to beekeeping and the forum.  cheer -Mike
Logged

.
.
Listen to others but make your own decisions. That way you own the results.
.
.
Pages: [1] 2 3  All   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Beemaster's Beekeeping Ring
Previous | Home | Join | Random | Next
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines | Sitemap Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.199 seconds with 22 queries.

Google visited last this page September 16, 2014, 05:55:45 AM