Bee package arriving tomorrow!

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  1. mammakat

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    Oh my goodness, how exciting. Have they arrived, yet? Is the box buzzing?

    Have you kept bees before? I find the idea kind of fascinating but we're not big honey consumers so "keeping" bees isn't in the short range plans. But, putting up housing for those...what kind of bees am I thinking of...um, crap. lol. anyway, a wood block with holes, one of those things needs to go in the orchard I think.
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    Woot! Fun! Good luck!
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    congrats! isn't it such an adrenalin rush installing a package?!!

    may they thrive and prosper and make tons of honey!!
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    yes, mason bees. Thank you.

    Ouch, I hope your thumb is recovering.
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    Deanna With arms wide open...

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    I'm sorry Deanna :(

    I had hardly any time between work and karate/dark but I had to check to see if the queen was out of the tiny cage. Of course she was not! And what I planned as a quick check was a clumsy queen-liberating mission with dark setting in and mad bees. I just hope I didn't injure her in the process.

    I've had some dead bees at the bottom too. Not sure what's going on with that.
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    :cross: Keep us updated!
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    yes. Please do, I'm curious all the was over here. hahaha.
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    How fun! Dh really wants to keep bees. He found a class to take, so hopefully bees will be in our future. We do use a lot of honey, so it'd be especially great for us!

    I hope your queen is okay!
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    Oh, that's so exciting! Hope the hive stays healthy.
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    lakshmi_mama cleaning house

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    Oh how exciting! Fascinating their life patterns and cycles. They are such a mysterious and powerful creature. And make some darn delicious stuff! Raw honey as local as it gets - from your backyard. :heart smirk: I will live vicariously through you. We are of course planning on having bees after we move, but I am so allergic to them that the thought makes me really nervous. Though the last time I was stung (likely by a different kind of bee than I was sensitized to) I did start to go into allergic response, but took homeopathic apis and reactions started reversing. I totally need to carry an epi-pen but I am being stupid stubborn about it for some dumb reason. Cursed denial.
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    That's awesome! :D
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    Cool!!! Love the photo. :)
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    beautiful photo! CONGRATS! My dad has kept bees for over 20 yrs and I have been right along side for several years.


    I also worked in an Alergist Office... 'most' people with highly allergic reactions, are allergic to WASP stings, not honeybee stings. 'Most' people also confuse the yellow jacket (wasp family) and the honeybee.


    Keep an eye on your hives laying patterns. Do you know what queen cells look like? If those start to form, you know you've got a hive in distress and w/o a laying queen.


    Mmmmm, honey! Propolis! Pollen! Pure wax!


    Have you seen the bee movie?
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    fascinating.

    That is just really cool.
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    I think I see her. Is her tail pointing to the right, at 4 o'clock?

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