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Mrs Baggins



Joined: 21 Sep 2008
Posts: 837
Location: West Kent
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 10 4:54 pm    Post subject: Approaching a whole year beekeeping!  Reply with quote    

Almost a whole year to the day since I finished my bee-keeping course and got my first swarm.

What a year... it has become smth that Mr Baggins and I do together and WOW, how much have we learnt in the past year? Our bees have made it thru their first winter with us and we are thrilled they have come thru so strong. They're already making frames of yummy honey and the fruit and nut crops on our property were groaning last summer compared to what they were before the bees arrived.

Really glad I took it up. What a rewarding thing to do Go bees.

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 10498
Location: Calvados, France
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 10 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's on my wish list but not right tat the moment - too much else to get sorted first. One day ......

beean



Joined: 04 Jun 2009
Posts: 254

PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 10 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I will have had my little buzzers a whole year... tomorrow! And to my immense pride they are in better health now than when I got them (it was a whole colony when I received them).
Assuming nothing untoward happens between now and tomorrow afternoon, do I get a special birthday cake ?

They are great, and I too am delighted that I took up this amazing hobby.

Mrs Baggins



Joined: 21 Sep 2008
Posts: 837
Location: West Kent
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 10 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

GR - Oh I hope you get them soon. They are AMAZING little critters!

Beean - I got my swarm (which was huge) on 1 May, so we are very close in our 'bee birthdays'. I think a cake to celebrate is a great idea. I'll go put the kettle on for us, shall I? lol

Sally Too



Joined: 14 Sep 2006
Posts: 2511
Location: N.Ireland
PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 10 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ahh Mrs B.

We too have overwintered our bees and have one really strong hive now and a smaller one that is touch and go.

If you remember we had a few false starts last year.... so no honey YET! I hoping this year will be a bumper.

I agree bees are great fun. They are really managed by my OH but I help out.....

Sonny



Joined: 12 Apr 2010
Posts: 24
Location: South Lincs
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 10 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm so jealous of you all

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8407
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 10 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good to hear they overwintered OK.
I'm crowding mine at the moment trying to get them into swarming mode.
I have two new bee-keepers to stock with bees this season.
The press attention bees have been getting over the last couple of years has meant there are a lot of people now interested in the craft so a deficit of bees.
If your bees are good I would definately recommend increasing your stocks to sell.
top bar nucleus are selling for over 200 & conventional 5 frame national nucleus with an imported queen are around 130.
So more money in bees than honey at the moment.

Dogwalker



Joined: 20 Mar 2007
Posts: 1231
Location: Mid Wales
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 10 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'll be getting mine as soon as I've made two screens, sorted out a patch and stand, mended the sheep fence, bought a smoker and hive tool and can free up acouple of days to drive to Essex.

The bee inspector checked them last week and said they're fit and healthy, probably a last years swarm.

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