We got bees!!! And a bunch of other stuff!!!

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Levi Binegar, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. Levi Binegar

    Levi Binegar New Member

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    okay, so i didnt respond to the "first time bee keepers shopping list" forum i started because...

    2 days ago my girlfriends dad and i drove 2 hours, bought one complete hive that already made it through winter, full of bees. and another complete hive with frames full of comb. also, we bought extra supers with frames, hive tools, 2 bee suites, a brand new smoker, a ton of odds and ends, a couple capping knifes (heated and not heated) a wax collector, a really nice 3 frame extractor, a box of bear jars, and a bunch of other stuff, all for 450 bucks from a farmer getting out of the hobby. him and his wife were a fantastic help, a great couple and we have established a good relationship with them, which i am thankful for. very helpful and VERY informative...

    so, now since we have an established hive, we have a whole set of new questions!!

    Established hive questions:
    currently the hive is set up as follows:
    a base
    bottom board (also has some real fancy metal mouse guard)
    2 deeps
    "spacer" (a 1 inch tall spacer with 3, 1 inch holes drilled in the front of it)
    an insulated cover
    an outer cover

    questions for the established hive would be(e):
    should we feed the bees at all? (we got 4 feeders)
    what sort of things should we be mindful of?
    any suggestions?

    we have another complete hive thats empty, but the frames are full of comb. question for it would be:
    we are ordering bees this weekend...
    we just ad the bees to the deep, as per the usual method?
    feed and raise as per usual?
    any other suggestions?

    we are excited, we already have bees, and are hoping that assuming we dont run into any issues, will have at least one producing hive! also, we are excited to start new bees and experience that as well. i think we lucked out and got the best of both worlds. we are also excited we got everything we need to extract!

    thanks for all of the help. you guys have been invaluable in our quest to start a couple healthy colonies!
     
  2. ApisBees

    ApisBees Active Member

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    Congratulations you got all that at a fantastic price. How strong is the colony? X frames of brood with bees covering XX frames. If the over wintered hive is strong it could be split and a queen purchest to start the 2nd hive. or a package could be installed, depends on the condition of the colony.
     

  3. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Expect a whole lot of bees making figure 8's in front of your new hive for a few days- they need to orient themselves to their new location. Just so you don't wonder what the commotion is about.
     
  4. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    You are well on your way--and at a bargain price. Keep your farmer/supplier in the picture. He could be a good source for helping you along your first steps with the hive. Forum members will be only too glad to help too.
     
  5. JUDELT

    JUDELT New Member

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    I got started the same way a year ago in Feb. Only my former keep got out of it and was a lot of help at first, but then was gone a lot . I lost 2 hives to swarming w/in a few weeks, before I knew what was going on. My other 2 hives are doing great. so far! I got a small amount of honey from one { 5 frames} in may and the other hive had an extra 1/2 super in Oct. It was great!
     
  6. Levi Binegar

    Levi Binegar New Member

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    yeah im concearned abotu swarming. what do you suggest we do to prevent it??
     
  7. Bsweet

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    If you can answer ApisBee's questions about amount of brood and bees in your hive we can answer your last question better. It might be weak enough you have no worry, or you may be able to split it and "maybe" prevent a swarm. Jim
     
  8. pistolpete

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    make sure you have temperatures of 70 or higher and no wind before you go digging into the hive to determine the state of the colony. You don't want to chill the brood. If there things have not started flowering in your area, then feed them with 1 part sugar 1 part water.
     
  9. Levi Binegar

    Levi Binegar New Member

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    we def wont crack them open for a bit then. its only just now supposed to be 70 today and its 25 mph winds. we are in columbus ohio.
     
  10. pistolpete

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    70 is not an absolute minimum. some people say 65 or even 60, but there is a big difference between a prolonged inspection on a windy day and a quick peek on a calm day, so err on the side of caution.
     
  11. Levi Binegar

    Levi Binegar New Member

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    SO far so SO good! bees seem happy and healthy. We fed them a 1:1 sugar syrup pail. we ordered california bees which will be here may 4th. I think we are going to move the top super down in the established hive, and ad a screened bottom board. Ohio is HOT and HUMID in the summer. We dont have a natural source of water near by, so we are going to use boardman feeders as waterers. we tried a lunch tray with a little bit of water in it, but a few bees drowned none the less.


    I was wondering...


    can we take a frame of brood and bees from the established hive and ad it to the new colony to help jump start it? we are buying a super full of good honey, for pretty cheaply, and were going to put it on top of the hive body for the bees as well.


    whats our next step for the established hive??
     
  12. PerryBee

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    Do you know the source of that super full of good honey? Make very sure you do and that you trust it.
    You can take a frame of open brood with adhering (nurse) bees and shift it to your new colony if the donor can spare it.
    Boy, in for a penny, in for a pound! You are well on your way. :wink: :thumbsup:
     
  13. Levi Binegar

    Levi Binegar New Member

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    hey! we went back to our local bee man, and he hooked us up with some more stuff... some of which included a bunch of frames full of honey. some of them looked great. with white wax caps and the honey was good too.


    some of the honey is in gray and black comb with gray and black cap pings. it tastes a little odd too. would anyone know what caused that? and is the honey any good? or should it be pitched?