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Jim

Home made hive and a referbished one







Bottom hive built for under£25
Leonie

We did a beekeeping course last year and are still toying with the idea of keeping bees, just have to find the right spot for them. How many hives do you keep Jim?
Jim

started with a swarm last spring hope to have hives running this year good quality bees can be kept at the bottom of garden without much fuss
Leonie

We have a spot down the side of our house under the hedgerow that I have in mind for them. It's away from any windows and doors and I think will be ideal. Although I handled the frames, and the bees don't worry me, I don't have a lot of confidence about knowing what I'm doing. I guess I should just get a hive and learn as I go along. I do have the beekeeping club as backup for any help which is reassuring.
Jim

I did a course just theory though got my bees and got stuck in i have an old boy i call on for ass. when im in dought aswell as the club im in
bodger

Went to a wedding reception once in the middle of a city in a tall building. Looked out of the window down onto a flat top roof and someone was keeping bees on it.
mystictree

I have loads of books on bee keeping (some quite old ones though). I never got around to keeping any bees though :(

Georgina
kaz

My OH wants me to keep bees because he loves honey but doesn't like the idea of getting stung :-) It just fascinates me to watch the bees around the hive.
Jim

mystictree wrote:
I have loads of books on bee keeping (some quite old ones though). I never got around to keeping any bees though :(

Georgina

Send me them for my library of bee books i have 29 so far .
An old chap who got me started once said its alright having books on bees but bees cant read.
Crow wing

Am I right in thinking that honey is the only food stuff to never go off and that honey found in the pyraminds and dated as 3000 years old was still edible ?
Jim

So they say Cw wouldnt fancy it myself should have alot this year myself i will be doin cut comb aswell as jars
My mentor had 150-200lb of each hive last year he sells it at £1.50 a lb jarred up hence why im doin cut comb better money and looks and tastes better
barraboy

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cut comb


being dumb again, can you explain what this means Jim, sorry if the answers obvious and i'm being thick.
Jim

Heres a pic of cut comb BB its as the bees make it .To get runny honey you extract the liquid from the comb by spinning the bee frames which hold the comb in an extractor by means of centrafugal force :?:
Cut comb is just cut away from the frames and eaten as it is inc. the wax comb full of goodness but the bees have to build new every year unlike extracting where the combs stay intact and given back to bees to fill up again
barraboy

thanks Jim, thats what i like about this forum everybody is so helpful and free with advice and tit bits of information. :-)
Jim

a bit of that on toast in a morning and a spoonful in ya tea before bed builds up your immunitys but it as to be local to where you spend most of your time honey bought from shops is a mixture of honey bought from all over the country and pooled together.
About this free business you aint got the bill yet
barraboy

:-) :-) :-) :-)
bodger

Anybody want a bee keeping book ?

Backyard Bee Keeping.
fish

bodger wrote:
Anybody want a bee keeping book ?

Backyard Bee Keeping.


oh go onthen yer twisted me arm! :roll: :-)
bodger

Its yours and may all your stings be little ones.
Jim

Not been stung yet but theres a company called sheriff who do a full suit with veil all zips velcro covered elastic cuffs and ankles which does give me full proctection .I still dont know if im allergic to bee stings as ive not been stung so the suit was a good investment

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