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Fritz's bees
« on: April 08, 2017, 08:44:52 PM »
About 5 years ago, I started keeping bees.  I was able to keep them for a couple of years, but lost the last hive 2 years ago.  Last year I went without them.  But I got 2 packages this year and am hoping to successfully keep them and grow my apiary. 

I do not plan on going into business with them.  I hope to get some honey out of it, but my main interest is to just keep them.

I use all medium boxes with plastic frames.  The boxes they are in right now are the standard white.  But I was trying to get my daughter interested in the bees, so went with a bunch of different color.  That experiment was not a success, she wants nothing to do with them.  But it makes my apiary nice and colorful.

Here's a couple of pics for those that are interested.  I couldn't get my wife to come down for action pics.

These are both supposed to be 3 pound packages of bees.  Obviously there are many more bees in the one on the right.  Maybe they gave me a 4 pound package.

Here's a shot of the new set up.  I did learn from my previous hives.  I put the earlier ones too close to the fence.  Every time I mowed, it pissed off the bees.  I also had them a little too close together.  This time I have room for 4 hives and they will be about 6 feet apart.  If I get bigger than 4 hives, I'll create a new area like this.


This is just showing that they eventually settled down.  This hive had the smaller number of bees.  The other hive that had the bigger package also seemed much more pissed off than this hive.  I got stung on the hand when installing the bigger package, this is my 5th or 6th package install and I've never been stung doing this.  Usually they are fairly docile, but they were up in my face the whole time.  Both packages came from the same supplier in Georgia, so I'm not really sure why they were so much more aggressive.

I'll post again once I pull out the queen cage and get another box onto the hives.  Should be next weekend when I do that.
« Last Edit: April 09, 2017, 08:28:19 PM by fritz_monroe »
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Re: Fritz's bees
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2017, 10:15:57 PM »
Good luck with the bees!

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Re: Fritz's bees
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2017, 11:22:46 PM »
 :'( I wanna see your pics!! I am happy you are raising bees again though.

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Re: Fritz's bees
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2017, 08:24:33 PM »
I was wondering if the pics would work.  I'll try to get them going.  Since Google got rid of picassa web it doesn't work the same.

I'm going to give it a shot with photo bucket.  Check the original post.
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Re: Fritz's bees
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2017, 08:33:50 PM »
Thank you for the pics. Maybe the latter package had fatter bees? Keep us posted. Iike seeing other people's apiaries.

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Re: Fritz's bees
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2017, 02:01:56 PM »
I pulled the queen cage out of the hives today.  As much as I hate to pull out this new pretty comb, it's in the way so had to go.

In the past, I was able to go down to the hives and pull the queen cage out without any issues.  But that one hive is still pretty aggressive.  So I put my jacket and hood on and gave it a shot.  There were too many aggressive bees coming at me.  So I closed up the hive and went after my smoker.  I'll be glad when that hive calms down.

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Re: Fritz's bees
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2017, 03:42:32 PM »
Nice work... keep us posted on the progress.

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Re: Fritz's bees
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2017, 04:37:44 PM »
I forgot to mention that after taking out the queen cage, I put another medium on each hive.  The first of the colorful boxes are in my apiary.  I've always used different colored bottom boards, it's easier to keep track of what I do with each hive.

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Re: Fritz's bees
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2017, 07:00:25 AM »
looks nice! great spring colors.

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Re: Fritz's bees
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2017, 07:38:09 PM »
Thanks, I like the colors.
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