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Offline charliesnike

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Arizona Bee Keepers?
« on: November 24, 2014, 01:13:16 am »
Just returned from a trip to Arizona. We stayed in Navajo County for several days visiting friends and really liked the area, specifically around Holbrook. I was interested in any beekeepers in Navajo or Apache Counties and what is good and what is bad about beekeeping in the grasslands there.

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Re: Arizona Bee Keepers?
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2014, 08:26:31 am »
Funny you should have mentioned Az, but I don't recall seeing anyone from there posting on here. It may have slipped by me though.
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Re: Arizona Bee Keepers?
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2014, 03:23:10 pm »
There is a place called the honey shack in Pine az. On a few Elk hunting trips, i have picked up some very nice local honeys from them in the past. One type in particular, Wild Mountain Pecan is very dark, and had an exceptional flavor and if I remember correctly, came from a type of grass growing around there.

They are on the web, maybe you can talk to someone there.

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Re: Arizona Bee Keepers?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2014, 08:42:11 am »
I used to live just South of there in Pinetop/Lakeside/Showlow area.  Lots of sage in the area, scrub cedar and pine.  Yes there is a unique wild grass up there.

My biggest worry in AZ would be AHB.  My dad lives in Tucson and every year he sends me stuff about bee attacks.  I would think one would really have to stay on top of things, because the drones from other hives could breed your queens, might be best to on a yearly basis buy a fertilized queen to avoid that problem... 

Winter winds can be an issue.  Protect them from that, and it does get as cold as -20 occassionally......brrrrr.

Hope it helps....lots of bears there too.
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