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#61 trapperman

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 02:16 pm

your right about the weather i held off with the feeding as long as i dared to get enough bees for winter i will feed now till about middle of october, all this brood should be hatched by then and they can fill up the cells with stores as they come out.

mine are going mad for the ivy at the moment, its the busyiest i`ve seen them all year.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 07:01 pm

found this a very intresting topic,ive really never thought of bee keeping ,but go through loads of honey ,i have had a small piece of land for many years its very near acres of gorse etc and orchards .im going to look into it more deeply and see if its a viable option for me any usefull websites or links anyone

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 07:41 pm

There is a program on bbc4 this evening at nine called "who killed the honey bees"

Might be an interesting watch.


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Posted 03 March 2011 - 04:26 am

found a farm with hives on,on some perrmish i have didnt know he kept bees,am going to ask him for more info he's a realy nice old type farmer,,realy good this keep me informed on info please???atb mick

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 01:39 pm

I didnt realise there was soo many bee keepers on here. I've been keeping them for a few years now and also help on a bee farm, keeps me busy out side the shooting season and earns a nice bit of pocket money.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:25 am

I didnt realise there was soo many bee keepers on here. I've been keeping them for a few years now and also help on a bee farm, keeps me busy out side the shooting season and earns a nice bit of pocket money.


how much would a set up bee,,sorry about that,,all in all how much dose it cost for one hive? anyone help please?

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 08:26 am

This has got to be the best topic ever on THL....Keep it going chaps. :notworthy:

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:00 am


I didnt realise there was soo many bee keepers on here. I've been keeping them for a few years now and also help on a bee farm, keeps me busy out side the shooting season and earns a nice bit of pocket money.


how much would a set up bee,,sorry about that,,all in all how much dose it cost for one hive? anyone help please?

3yrs ago I joined a Beekeepers Association club. I took a beginers course which was spot on, very informative, everything to know about bees, their problems, and how to handle bees etc... Took a few tests, and after two years I received a certificate. All the equipment was supplied by the club to buy. I watched a local in the village tend to his bees for for many years prior to keeping my own colonies, and learnt a hell of a lot from him.

Classes normally start early spring, I know this year there are waiting lists for people to join.

We need to protect our bees!

Oh and if you do eventually get some colonies, my advise would be to keep it quiet :thumbs:

Good Luck.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:04 am


I didnt realise there was soo many bee keepers on here. I've been keeping them for a few years now and also help on a bee farm, keeps me busy out side the shooting season and earns a nice bit of pocket money.


how much would a set up bee,,sorry about that,,all in all how much dose it cost for one hive? anyone help please?

It all depends on what hive you want if you want a new one or second hand and also where you get your bees from
I would suggest for a beginer you geta new hive as there is less chance of a wax moth infestation of any othe problems such as deasises, for the bees I would buy a nuc (Neucleus) which usually has about 5 or 6 frames of bees.
A cheap hive from thornes is quite cheap the also do a whole beginers set up for about £160 which includes your bee suite and other things.
Expect to pay about £120 to £160 for a Nuc of bees.
Please note you will always need a spare hive ready for the summer months incase you need to do swarm control or your bees swarm and you want to keep them.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 05:13 pm

There is an alternative to buying a nuc if money is tight!
You can get a swarm from someone who collects such things. Depending on the size of the swarm, (primary or cast) it could take a bit longer for them to build up, so dont expect any honey in the first year.

I personaly think that for beginers a medium cast swarm is ideal to start off with, as there are less bees to become overwhelmed with. Its a nice introduction and you grow your experience as the colony grows. :thumbs:


That is of course if they are nice bees a not something resemebling a scene from a Steven King novel! :laugh:

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 10:08 pm

There is an alternative to buying a nuc if money is tight!
You can get a swarm from someone who collects such things. Depending on the size of the swarm, (primary or cast) it could take a bit longer for them to build up, so dont expect any honey in the first year.

I personaly think that for beginers a medium cast swarm is ideal to start off with, as there are less bees to become overwhelmed with. Its a nice introduction and you grow your experience as the colony grows. http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...


That is of course if they are nice bees a not something resemebling a scene from a Steven King novel! http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...


All very well but for a beginer a nuc is ideal as the queen will already be laying and have brood of all ages and stright away your up and running, not guarenteed but certainly better chances than with a swarm. JMHO Ashley

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 05:16 pm

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 05:39 pm

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Thanks for bumping TB25, i forgot about this thread, so hows everyone getting on? I lost one hive out of 5 but expected to as it was very weak and didnt have time to feed before hand, lesson learnt.

4 hives look very good, exciting times ahead methinks.

So far i have 4 Nationals 6 supers which im about to add another 6, i have to Nuc boxes ready and im hoping to buy a couple more hives.

Whats ya plans lads n lasses?

P.S Would admin allow us our own section on the forum for our beekin??

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 06:12 pm

All mine are looking good, just been knocking up some more super boxes today, ready for the harvest :laugh:


Hopefully will have some video to pop up soon enough :thumbs:

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 06:16 pm

All mine are looking good, just been knocking up some more super boxes today, ready for the harvest http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...


Hopefully will have some video to pop up soon enough http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...



Glad to here it, look forward to the vids mate, i was hoping to put a blog together, just need some time.

Happy honey flow buddy




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