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Beekeeping: Attracting bees to a Skep

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studio309
Liverpool, NY

June 23, 2009
11:38 PM

Post #6729195

Hello,
My wife bought me a woven reed type skep for fathers day and I'm wondering
A: Can I actually get honey bees to occupy a skep, and If so, how do I go about it? I've read that anise oil will attract honey bees.
B: Where do I locate the skep? It's open on the bottom, bell shaped. Do I place it on the ground? Under an eve? On a stand?
I don't plan on harvesting honey, I just want to help honey bees out by providing shelter and food for a colony.

Thanks.
JsHoney
Forestville, NY

September 7, 2009
10:58 AM

Post #7035250

The Skep you got is only for decoration not for keeping bees in. In NY state your not allow to keep bees in skep.
nb6033
Alexandria, VA
(Zone 7b)

September 10, 2009
2:57 AM

Post #7046239

Put the skep in the garden OVER an aluminum electrical outlet you want to hide.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

September 10, 2009
3:10 AM

Post #7046292

Very good nb!
JsHoney
Forestville, NY

September 11, 2009
10:19 AM

Post #7050535

Love that NP never thought of that.

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