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Southern Indiana Top Bar Hive Keepers

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New Bee

Joined: 21 Feb 2015
Posts: 9
Location: Bloomington Indiana

PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:23 pm    Post subject: Southern Indiana Top Bar Hive Keepers Reply with quote

Greeting all,

Just wanted to make a post to let those in Southern Indiana know there is at least one beginner TBH keeper here in these parts. I have 4 hives, and hope to double this next year (2016) We’ll see. Although I’m a beginner, I’ve been around bees before, and know enough to say that the bees are going to do what the bees want to do. You can manage them, but you really can’t control them, if you know what I mean. If they want to leave… it can be just about impossible to stop them.

Your bees will scavenge about 8000 acres around your hive site, with an average of around 2.7 miles or so in all directions. This is a LOT of ground. Their distance is highly variable, and they will adjust their range based on available forage… which can be upward of just over 5 miles. Beyond 5.3 miles (approximately) the law of diminishing returns squashes the bees productivity and they are consuming more energy in honey than they are able to produce. The hive will most likely die or relocate post haste in that situation. Fortunately, in many areas of the eastern half of the USA, there is usually ample flowers available to most colonies within a 2.7 mile circle of most places people live to support several bee colonies.

In most areas of the USA, there is simply no way to really have truly “organic” honey… because your bees are collecting pollen and nectar from many miles distant in all directions, and you probably don’t own that. I live on the edge of Bloomington Indiana, and there are 36000 people within a 3.5 mile radius of two of my colonies, and they are spraying god knows what on flowers and plants during the year.

The point of my post is simply to encourage you to give it a try… you will learn as you go.
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New Bee

Joined: 09 Mar 2015
Posts: 1
Location: San Diego, California

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:10 pm    Post subject: Bloomington beekeeping Reply with quote

Hi, I live in La Jolla, California where I have kept a top bar hive for a couple of years. I lived in Bloomington for many years and some of my family still live there. I would like to get one of my sisters into beekeeping. I enjoy it so much and I think she would too. I particularly would like her to do 'natural, no chemicals, use feral bees' type beekeeping, and it sounds like that is what you are into. How would you feel about me referring my sister to you as a way to find out about beekeeping? Is there a community of beekeepers there that post info about available swarms and such?
Best, Tamsin Lisa Kelly
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New Bee

Joined: 21 Feb 2015
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Location: Bloomington Indiana

PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tamsin,

Sorry for the late reply... I've been soooooo busy I've just not checked in on the forum lately. I'd be happy to show you family members my hives. I have hives in two different places, one here in Bloomington and three on my friends farm in eastern Greene County.

I have a spare suit, gloves, hat, ect...

I have all Russian bees in top bar hives built from the plans at this site. My THBs all have the bio-floor and so far I really like them. I've discovered that many little critters quickly moved in and now co-habitat with my bees. small spiders are one of the first things I discovered. I can imagine they would trap and eat any varroa mites they manage to catch down there in the wood chips. Time will tell here...

Have your family contact me at contact(at symbol) microfarmsamerica (dot) com (sorry I don't have enough posts to posts HTMLs...)
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