New in SE Kansas

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Kwalt
Freshman Beekeeper
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Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:09 pm
Location: SE Kansas

New in SE Kansas

Postby Kwalt » Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:22 am

I've been interested in having bees for years and have decided that next year is the year. I attended a bee program put on by our state bee specialist and it seemed a bit discouraging when she spent a good portion of her time talking about all the things trying to kill your bees and all the things you have to do to prevent it.

After a few months to think about it, watching YouTube and listening to Solomon's podcast I have bought materials to build hives this winter. The plan is to build all 8 frame mediums, buy small cell plastic frames to start and foundationless wood frames to add after that. I'm open to any suggestions to make a better start.

Finding some suitable local bees may be the challenge. There is a bee club that meets within 60 or 70 miles of me that I'll try to attend one of their monthly meetings to hopefully make some contacts.

I'll probably try to make a few traps, but new wood and no brood comb to bait with doesn't give me much hope. I'll be building and collecting equipment waiting for spring.

Thank you all for the shared information.

Kevin

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Nordak
Backyard Beekeeper
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Joined: Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:24 am
Location: Arkansas

Re: New in SE Kansas

Postby Nordak » Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:59 am

Kwalt wrote:I'll probably try to make a few traps, but new wood and no brood comb to bait with doesn't give me much hope. I'll be building and collecting equipment waiting for spring.


Welcome to the forum.

I was in the same boat my first year. Built some traps out of new scrap plywood pieces, bought some beeswax online and coated the inside of my traps with it by rubbing it into the wood. Used LGO on a cotton ball semi-sealed in a plastic baggie on the bottom. Ended up catching 3 swarms at my house and a 4th bait hive at my parents home 2.5 hours away caught a swarm, which my Dad ended up taking after I'd had my fill for the year. The brood comb may help, but it's not a deal breaker. I promise you the bees are out there. Find them and you'll never regret it once you find the right ones. I've been propagating from ferals for over 3 years now and haven't lost a hive yet. Whatever you do, don't settle for packages. If you have to, requeen with proven stock. Best of luck, and looking forward to hearing your progress.

Kwalt
Freshman Beekeeper
Posts: 43
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:09 pm
Location: SE Kansas

Re: New in SE Kansas

Postby Kwalt » Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:20 am

Thanks for the encouragement. I'll Try to locate some beeswax.


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