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Offline BinFamHive7814

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First year of beekeeping Fruita CO.
« on: June 11, 2017, 04:41:27 pm »
We are organic backyard farmers. This last fall we decided that we were going to host a hive. So, we ordered a starter kit. I didn't read enough & ordered medium 8 frame boxes instead of 10 frame. Which has been a struggle. We received our package of bees mid April & they are thriving. We have provided dappled shade & are feeding sugar water. Just added our 4th box last week & they're already building up the comb. Our bottom 2 boxes are mostly brood. Our 3rd box is almost full of capped honey. We thoroughly enjoy all our garden helpers. We're still reading everything we can get a hold of. Right now we are looking at 7 boxes. We would love any advice, pointers, or corrections. Thank you.

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Re: First year of beekeeping Fruita CO.
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2017, 07:45:04 pm »
Welcome to the forum.  I'm sure you'll find lots of helpful information and folks here!
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Re: First year of beekeeping Fruita CO.
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2017, 08:05:56 pm »
Welcome  :happy:.

Put your location in your profile.  It will help with answering any questions you have.  If they have a box full of honey, why are you still feeding them?  I haven't fed any of my hives(including splits) since mid march.
In my neck of the woods, 3 eight frame mediums will winter just fine.

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Re: First year of beekeeping Fruita CO.
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2017, 12:18:09 am »
Welcome to Beemaster.
I must warn you, this is a very addictive hobby.
Jim
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Re: First year of beekeeping Fruita CO.
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 09:16:10 am »
>So, we ordered a starter kit. I didn't read enough & ordered medium 8 frame boxes instead of 10 frame.

Well after 43 years of beekeeping, that's exactly what I would have ordered... 8 frame mediums...
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Re: First year of beekeeping Fruita CO.
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2017, 12:09:08 pm »
We were just in Fruita!  wish I had seen this before. we could have checked out your have and said HI. Oh well next vacation perhaps, we will be back some day It was a great area. camped in the mountains north of Boulder Co and drove around the area to see the sights.  Capital Reef, Burr Trail Road (wow!) etc.  I ditto Micheal's 8 frame medium endorsement (makes life a bit simpler).

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Re: First year of beekeeping Fruita CO.
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2017, 05:27:36 pm »
that's exactly what I would have ordered... 8 frame mediums...
Just what I was thinking.  The bees are storing sugar water along with nectar so the honey is adulterated.  Organic farming and you are adulterating your honey!  What for?
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Re: First year of beekeeping Fruita CO.
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2017, 10:07:01 pm »
Welcome!

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Re: First year of beekeeping Fruita CO.
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2017, 05:15:37 pm »
Welcome

Love your city, I try to stop for gas and a meal when going from IL to UT and back.

Where are you in town.......I can stop by next time.

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Re: First year of beekeeping Fruita CO.
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2017, 05:20:55 pm »
Bin,
How can we provide any feed back if you never sign back in to read it.   :oops:
Jim
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