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The Apiary - any pinball hobbyist who keep bees?


By Jaeg

3 months ago



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#1 3 months ago

I'm getting ready to check my hives today. It's my 3rd year in bee keeping and I learn something every time I work with the bees. They have a fascinating social system. Was wondering if any other in the pinball hobby also keep bees?

#2 3 months ago

Fresh honey is the best.

#3 3 months ago

I used to when I was a young person. Dad and I had a dozen hives at one point, mid 1970s. Got our first bees from guy that kept them on his 3rd floor around the window. Mom got me out of school early on day to collect a swarm of bees, 8' up a ladder surrounded by hundreds of bees.

#4 3 months ago

Paging Mnpinball.....

#6 3 months ago

I’m currently fencing my back yard and starting with chickens (South Bend city ordinance allows up to 6 but i’m only doing 3 for now). Mom got into bees when she retired and I’m planning on doing that next spring after I get into the groove with the chickens.

#7 3 months ago

I kept two hives in my father-in-laws back yard about 40 years ago. That lasted for two years. Then later when I bought my current 3 acre spread in the city (28 years ago), I kept three hives here for about 5 years. I enjoy beekeeping but just don't have the time to maintain the hives.

Currently without bees but thinking about starting one or two top bar hives. Just noticed all the clover in bloom and no honey bees in the yard. What a shame.

Also thought about a few chickens. Maybe after I retire. We have raccoons, coyotes, and fox wandering through our yard so the chicken coop would have to be very secure.

#8 89 days ago

I started with 1 hive my first year. Last year had 3 hives and now up to 4. I don't think I'll ever have more than 6 because it is just a fun hobby and does take some time. I'm also having a hard time getting them through winters.

#9 89 days ago

My daughter was in beekeeping club in high school; it made a big impression on her. Last year she sent me plans for a waist-height Langstroth beehive and said, "Build this." So I did. It was a pain to build, but I like how it came out. This spring we populated it with a nuc from a local bee enthusiast. The bees seem to be doing well!

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#10 89 days ago
Quoted from mdolshan:

My daughter was in beekeeping club in high school; it made a big impression on her. Last year she sent me plans for a waist-height Langstroth beehive and said, "Build this." So I did. It was a pain to build, but I like how it came out. This spring we populated it with a nuc from a local bee enthusiast. The bees seem to be doing well![quoted image][quoted image]

That is a nice looking hive! Do you intend to harvest honey from it?

#11 89 days ago

Pulled 2 buckets like this a month ago. We love our bees, my wife especially as they make the garden & flowers pop!
I could watch them all day but the pins ain’t gonna fix themselves

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#12 89 days ago

I help out my dad with his Flow hives. We started with two and added a third this year. The bees weren’t able to make it through the last winter despite our insulation efforts so we had to start over. Got a good amount of honey though that we’re still enjoying.

#13 89 days ago
Quoted from Jaeg:

That is a nice looking hive! Do you intend to harvest honey from it?

We do. It uses standard frames. But we might not have any until next year, since we understand that new colonies often need all their honey to overwinter.

#14 89 days ago

I'm a beekeeper. I have 8 colonies right now. 3 of those are swarms I captured this spring. I'm getting ready for the second honey extraction this year. I'm hoping it will be in the 10 gallon range.
This is one of the swarms I caught.

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#15 89 days ago
Quoted from roc-noc:

Also thought about a few chickens. Maybe after I retire. We have raccoons, coyotes, and fox wandering through our yard so the chicken coop would have to be very secure.

The Urban Coop Company ones are very sturdy, but I am still going to dig a trench around the footprint and fill with cinder blocks to prevent other critters from tunneling under.

https://urbancoopcompany.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIneubqdL_4gIVk6DsCh00qg1nEAAYASAAEgJSR_D_BwE

I am really looking forward to seeing some nighttime security cam footage of pissed off raccoons pacing around the outside of the coop in frustration.

#16 89 days ago

As I mentioned.....

#17 89 days ago
Quoted from Sputnik:

This is one of the swarms I caught

How did you get them off the tree?

#18 89 days ago

More good timing. We have had a swarm circling neighborhood for a few days. You can hear them coming as they fly overhead. Must be 1000 plus. Also have had about 100 bees hiding under my barn, they went through a two inch hole.
Been looking at a box on ebay. But, i am clueless on bees, must research if Im going to do this.

#19 89 days ago
Quoted from Tomahawkjim:

How did you get them off the tree?

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#20 89 days ago
Quoted from Tomahawkjim:

How did you get them off the tree?

Take a wallpaper brush, and brush them into a bee hive.

#21 89 days ago
Quoted from Tomahawkjim:

How did you get them off the tree?

Not like the way this guy tried to do it...

#22 89 days ago

I did a cut out from a barn last year. There were about 20ft from the ground. The bees kicked our asses.

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#23 89 days ago

Year two for us; its been a great hobby for us so far. Our 5 year old has her own suit and enjoys going into the hive with us (and operating the smoker obviously).

#24 89 days ago

I’ve got a flow give, but haven’t set it up yet! It’s a hobby i really want to start, but in Texas lately we’ve been having crazy winds and tornadoes so i wanted to be sure it’s dully secured before getting the bees.

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#25 77 days ago

It is extraction day.

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#26 77 days ago

How many gallons did you get? Do you extract again later in the season?

#27 76 days ago

This is extraction 3 for this year. I have harvested a bit over 14 gallons this year. I got almost got 5 gallons today. I'm going into 3 more hives next weekend. That might not finish the spring harvest. There is like 400 acres of soybeans 2000 feet east. Then you get the dark fall honey.

#28 76 days ago

Here they are working the sticky frames gathering leftover honey.

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#29 76 days ago

I have to rent extractor equipment so I only harvest one time per year. So far we've had plenty of rain and the girls working hard.

#30 73 days ago

Pretty sure this guy who parked next to me keeps bees.....

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#31 73 days ago

Year 3 here - haven’t had success going over winter yet. Wife Caught a swarm last year so we had 2 hives. Just 1 this year - curious what others are doing for mite treatment?

#32 73 days ago
Quoted from MrBally:

Pretty sure this guy who parked next to me keeps bees.....

Or he kidnapped Frances Bavier. LTG : )

#33 73 days ago
Quoted from Mbecker:

Year 3 here - haven’t had success going over winter yet. Wife Caught a swarm last year so we had 2 hives. Just 1 this year - curious what others are doing for mite treatment?

I use screen bottom boards with oil traps. Used cooking oil in an aluminum baking sheet. As an added benefit it will drown a lot of small hive beetles as well. On the down side the bees drop pollen they cannot recover.

#34 73 days ago

Pinballs the bee's knee's

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#35 66 days ago

Finally got my chicks on Sunday!

Will be a while till we move them to newly fenced back yard, but the coop is ready when they are!

Hopefully, I’ll get started on bees next spring.

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#36 65 days ago

The best recycled use of Stern box pallets. They are perfect size for a single hive.

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#37 64 days ago
Quoted from Jaeg:

The best recycled use of Stern box pallets. They are perfect size for a single hive.[quoted image]

Dude that's super cool.

#38 64 days ago

Following as this is something that interests me in retirement.

#39 64 days ago

I don't keep any but have saved many from the pool. Bees make the world go around. Without bees there would be no food.

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#40 54 days ago

Checked the bees today. Some honey is fully capped. The other photo is my first attempt at 'cut comb honey'. It's taking them a long time to make it.

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#41 54 days ago

I harvested yesterday, got 12 gallons of honey. The honey is filtering as I play pinball.

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#42 20 days ago

Honey harvest day. Space is limited so our pinball work area doubles as a honey extracting room.

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#43 19 days ago
Quoted from Jaeg:

Honey harvest day. Space is limited so our pinball work area doubles as a honey extracting room.[quoted image][quoted image]

Nicely filled out comb, what's the nectar source?

#44 19 days ago
Quoted from Pinbee:

Nicely filled out comb, what's the nectar source?

We only harvest once per year so it's a wildflower mix of Spring, Summer and early Fall flowers. Mostly Dandelion, Sweet Clover, German Clover, Soy Bean with some Pumpkin and Goldenrod. Plenty of rain (sometimes too much) this season made for a good year for bees.

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