Been away a long time.

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Medic1259, May 26, 2016.

  1. Medic1259

    Medic1259 New Member

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    Hi all, I have not been on forum for several years. Well here is my story...

    About tis time 3 years ago I broke the bones in my lower leg and was non weight baring for 16 week. I could not take care of my hives but I also could niot take care of my back yard. The yard had become completly overgrown with weeds over 6 feet high. Out of sight out of mind. Then I had some really bad health issues when I could not walk on uneven ground without falling. Could not work the hive if I wanted to with out being very short of breath. Fast forward till today .... Health wise I am not 100% but doing ALOT better. I just had my yard cleaned ( took a crew of 3 almost 4 days) and uncovered a five that is very active. SO this hive has been untouched for 3 years and it is alive and active., over that time 2 yeas ago we had a really bad winter. last year not so bad. I am going to try to get into the hive with in the next week or 2.

    Any advise for anything I should do special? I will start posting some pics.
     
  2. camero7

    camero7 Member

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    Glad you're doing better.
     

  3. Medic1259

    Medic1259 New Member

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    Thank you
     
  4. kebee

    kebee Active Member

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    You want to stay well to tin to the bees and glad you are doing better and continue to do so.

    Ken
     
  5. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Glad to see you. I would expect the woodware to be in poor condition with 3 years in the weather, so if you have a solid box or 2 on hand, and Bottom board depending on type, and lid if you need (that you can see) I would prep them first. Hopefully the frames are in good condition, and you can maybe take a small table out there to set the hive on, and inspect frames as you move them into a new box. They may be just fine. My hives run on auto-pilot for 3 months in spring, emergency inspections only, feed jars where Ican see them, and they generally do ok.
     
  6. ibeelearning

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    Wow. Sounds like you and the bees have a lot in common!

    I agree with Gypsi... I would go in with extra wooden ware, maybe an entire complete empty hive and extra frames. By the time you clean everything up, you still may have enough for a split.

    ​Continue the healing.