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I went to Western Bee and picked up a super kit, a Bee escape, and a varoa mite screen board. And so I wont have to buy them every year because i have found that the Montana Climate is rough on exposed wood. So I have been painting stuff.  And of Course the new stuff is getting painted too. I may actually have to buy another gallon of white exterior for the inside of the shed doors i have still not painted after 4 years.

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The super kit is the area of the hive where we can put a queen excluder and have the workers store honey there. that makes it easy to harvest the honey. It has 10 frames that are smaller than the brood since no bees will be born up there and i am thinking about experimenting with single top bars and no foundation. yeah Some beekeepers used a different hive altogether.  But since i want to make “comb honey”, which will be wax and honey to eat, it may be easier than special frames for that. I don’t wanna work hard for the honey.

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Also in the pictures is a ventilation adapter to allow better ventilation of the hive and make the nectar to honey change a lil faster  :>


This hopefully will be fun.











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December 30, 2011 at 2:10 am

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So I did Buy some stuff..

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I have this list of things I need to buy,  but have not..  yet


This is the assembled hive

The frames inside..  I chose wood because the plastic ones  or BeeMax ones from Betterbee  are an unknown thing to me.

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December 30, 2011 at 1:39 am

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Yes Beekeeping

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I have been asked,  and I quote “What ??????? Why Bee keeping?”   The Answers are :

How else can i keep my honey fixation going?  I like honey.

It is something to do.

It is good for the fruit trees i have which will help the canning and preserving habits i have developed.

I have always been curious. That field trip in 1964 to Millers Honey in Colton CA. did not answer all my questions.

During my illustrious career I had 3 or 4 dealings with bees. That fascinated me to no end but It was not my job so when the folks were safe as i could make em i hope back on the engine or ladder and left.

So My Goals in this project.

1. Have “free” honey to eat.

2. Have beeswax for candles and other things

3. Sell honey and beeswax at the farmers market. <No one sells honey there now.>

4. Make money?

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December 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

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