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Offline ldtraub

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new to beekeeping...
« on: April 01, 2015, 12:38:43 pm »
I am new to beekeeping-actually haven't started yet-but I'm doing research almost constantly to find out before I start. I'm planning on starting next spring since I've already missed the time this season. However-my location maybe a problem. I'm in the Potomac Highlands of WV-mountains.....surrounded by mountain laurel. I just read that this is not good for honey bees. HELP....What can I do? My hive location won't be right next to any laurel.....but it IS all over up here. I really want to get into this, but not sure if my mountaintop is gonna be right for the bees.
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Re: new to beekeeping...
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2015, 03:35:15 pm »
> I just read that this is not good for honey bees.

Beekeepers in such areas usually don't have issues.  Bees seem to prefer other sources and there are usually other sources.  After harvest, I would probably eat a small sample of honey (like a teaspoon or less) and see if you have any ill effects and then a slightly bigger does (like a tablespoon) before selling it to others.  They sell Rhodendron honey as an aphrodisiac in Turkey.  Dosage is an important issue.  A lot will kill you.  A little is medicine.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grayanotoxin

Mountain Laurel has the same toxin:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalmia_latifolia#Toxicity

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Re: new to beekeeping...
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2015, 05:40:27 pm »
Thanks so much! I am so looking forward to this!!!! Like I stated, I want to spend time getting things ready for my first hives. Glad to know I can ask questions and get help!!!
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Re: new to beekeeping...
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2015, 10:33:30 am »
It is certainly not too late to get started, "IF" you can find a source for bees..   Package suppliers are running south and west to get packages, often they will be bringing back a few extras..  if that does not prove fruitful you can look for a couple good NUC's to install in your hives. Find a local club, talk to the beekeepers, buy a couple spring splits.  There are options if you are diligent.     On the other hand, there is MUCH to be said for doing your homework before you get your bees and hives!!!
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Re: new to beekeeping...
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2015, 01:46:36 pm »
Oh No! I have a ton of Laurel in my back yard!!!!! :(
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Re: new to beekeeping...
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2015, 01:52:57 pm »
TY for your post. I now have to borrow my father-in-laws chain saw before these things bloom. FYI. Rhododendrons are the same. No good for bees.

They're getting cut down too :(
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