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mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 12:29 pm    Post subject: A reason to bee cheerful...  Reply with quote    

My new beehive has arrived! It's flat-packed and comes complete with things like hat with veil and smock and an informative little book on beekeeping. I'll be getting the bees some time in May-June.

So excited! The housework can wait...

monkey1973



Joined: 17 Jan 2005
Posts: 683
Location: Bonnie scotland
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd like to keep bees but have no idea how to start. Are they a lot of work?

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
Posts: 19830
Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Aren't you doing a week by week article on this Mochyn

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

umm bees

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ummm bees what very engimatic - even for you Off to do something useful now!

alison
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Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

where did you get your starter pack from?

Our local association has someone who makes hives, and I am thinking of getting some from him. They also get group discount from thornes too

Leonie



Joined: 13 Sep 2005
Posts: 731
Location: West Sussex
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 06 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

oooh that is exciting. OH and I are starting a short beekeeping course in just over a week, very much looking forward to it.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44229
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 06 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brilliant Mochyn, you'll be able to talk me through it when I'm ready in a couple of years

alison
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 06 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Enjoy your course GJ.

We are having great fun on ours. OH and I were talking about the number of hives today, and we have decided the basic minimums we will need to start with so I am going to order it all this week!

Leonie



Joined: 13 Sep 2005
Posts: 731
Location: West Sussex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 06 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Alison

Where are you buying your hives from Alison? Someone at another forum gave me the contact details of a place selling hives quite cheaply, here's the quote:

National hives in the flat (the normal way of getting the standard UK hive - you have to assemble it but it's pretty straightforward) are available from The Apiculture Centre, Lawn Rd, Ashleworth, Gloucester GL19 4SL, tel 07810 476 554, Email theapiculturecentre@hotmail.co.uk for 36. Their ad in 'Beecraft' doesn't specify whether they're cedar or pine (I suspect the latter) but it sounds like pretty good value. They've got other equipment at good prices as well.

Just incase you want to check them out before you buy.

Beckyess



Joined: 08 Jan 2006
Posts: 1076
Location: Worcestershire
PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 06 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oooooh lucky you. I'd love to keep bees and hope to one day as I'd rather use honey than sugar. Absolutely love honey, that is locally produced not supermarket bought, tastes very different.
Becky

alison
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 06 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The ones I am getting are cedar.

The BKA do not reccommend pine as they need treating, whereas the cedar ones do not.

alison
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 06 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have also been keeping an eye on ebay as there seem to be a fair number of bee things on there at any one time

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