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Aptos, CA

April 16, 2007
10:36 AM

Post #3397358

So, I grow dahlias and have a large garden ( 1.5 acres )...There is always something blooming around here...I enjoy working with bees, by that I I work my 250 dahlia plants, the bees and I work side by side...When I heard of the decline of the honey bee it concerned me greatly, so I decided to begin keeping bees...I visited a local apiary ( ). They were incredibly helpful and as my good luck would dictate...They GAVE me 8 frame bottom boards, brood boxes supers and tops as well as entrance thingies hahaha...I ordered some books from Amazon and purchased ABJ from Another friend gave me a veil and a smoker...My brood box is ready for bees ( it already has some frames with honey and all )...I found a place that sells "nucs" is a bit of a drive from here( )...What else should I do to prepare for the bees??? Thanks a bunch
Stratford, CT
(Zone 6b)

April 16, 2007
10:51 AM

Post #3397410

It sounds like your already in great shape. If you haven't already and the hive parts are used, check for wax moths as they can really do a number on a new hive. Use the entrance reducer until the bees have had a chance to build their numbers up and you might want to medicate your hive at first just as a precautionary measure. Otherwise, best of luck to you.
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7a)

April 16, 2007
11:48 AM

Post #3397662

Thank you for being so willing to help the bees! Best of luck to you -- keep us posted! jo
Aptos, CA

April 16, 2007
12:25 PM

Post #3397803

Thanks..I just rec'd some information from the local apiary, they are going to sell me a "Nuc" and mentor me...I am in good hands...thank you for your kinds words!

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