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Offline Psparr

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Sneaking a little honey.
« on: June 25, 2013, 07:16:41 PM »
Don't have any honey stores yet, but when I have my girls with to check the hive, I pull a frame of brood out and we poke our fingers into the honey band and have a taste. It's fun to see the girls (6-4-and 2) push away the bees to get to the honey. I'm so glad I bought a hive and not an x-box.

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Re: Sneaking a little honey.
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 08:29:58 PM »
these are the memories that they will carry all of their lives.  they can get the xbox later.  i was almost 50 when i got mine  :evil:
.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

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Re: Sneaking a little honey.
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 08:56:21 PM »
these are the memories that they will carry all of their lives.  they can get the xbox later.  i was almost 50 when i got mine  :evil:
The xbox or the hive????    :-D :-D :-D

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Re: Sneaking a little honey.
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 09:33:54 PM »
Ha ha.

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Re: Sneaking a little honey.
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2013, 03:50:35 PM »
My boys(5 and 8) love coming out to help with the hives.  I've caught them popping the top on hives so they can look inside without me.  They quickly learned to help the bees clean up the honey when it gets scratched open, next to the "I spotted the queen first" game it's their favorite thing to do. 

Each of them started their own hives this year from frames I pulled from my best hives and are excited to extract, sample, and sell their very own honey.

It has been a great learning experience for them to watch the different phases of hive development from making their own queen to starting to cap honey.  Five frame mediums aren't the best housing for bees, but they are small enough they can do most of the work themselves which makes the risk worth it.  The hives are as tall as they can reach and they started talking yesterday about splitting them so they each has two.  They're pretty excited about having Thousands of bees working for them. :-D

They're their generations scientists, and developing young bee keepers.  At 5 and 8 they can already graft, checkerboard, do mite counts and tell you why they need to.  They recognize when something is amiss with a hive even if they're not yet sure what it is. 

They can rate a queen's pattern and have advised me on why I should replace certain queens they think are poor....usually ones I just haven't gotten to yet.

You will be amazed how quickly your girls will learn beekeeping skills.

Enjoy sharing the adventure.

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Re: Sneaking a little honey.
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2013, 05:42:50 PM »
haha, thats awesome. I was almost 30 before I got to stick my fingers in comb for honey.

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Re: Sneaking a little honey.
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2013, 06:21:35 PM »
got the hives before the xbox.  you do the math   :evil:
.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville

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Re: Sneaking a little honey.
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2013, 07:33:22 PM »
Good going for you both, Psparr and Warpony, for getting the kids out and involved with the bees.




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