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Beekeeper a vintage relationship between man and bees

Updated on August 26, 2012

The bee-keeper

For the new bee-keeper

Being a bee-keeper, The rewards are without end I say this because I'm a backyard bee-keeper my self.I cant put in to words how much I enjoy bee-keeping, I love everything from starting a new hive to eating fresh honey and home made biscuits, hum" hum" good.In the summer when the bees are coming and going I like to go and just lay down by the hives and watch the little fellas working. Some times I will put a pease of grass on there front porch, the space in front of there hive, just to watch them scurry over and start cleaning it off.

busy bees

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Some food for thought

Some food for thought. Did you know the famous Sherlock homes was a bee-keeper in is latter days? Rev.L.L.Langstroth a great author on the art of bee-keeping invented the removable comb hive, the frames are made of wood, this is were the bees make there honey comb.The frames sit on a ledge on each side of the hive, leaving 3/8" to 1/2" space at each end and the bottom, this is the space for the bees to travel through out the hive.

The honey bee comb

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The hive

The make up of the hive starting from the bottom up,are the hive stand, the bottom board, the brood chambers, you may use one or two of these, this is wear the bees raise there young and of course make honey, its the part you leave for the bees to live through out the winter.next is the queen excluder this stops the queen from passing through and laying eggs in the frames you harvest your honey in.Next are the bulk comb supers, these are the ones you rob honey from. You can stack these up as needed, depending on how big your hive of bees is.Here is some more food for thought the most honey found in one hive was in the guiness book of records as 404lb.Wow that would be a lot of biscuits wouldn't it.

Honey bee bread for the babys

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thanks thelyricwriter, There is a lot we can learn about bees and I find them one of of the most interesting hobbies I have. Thanks for stopping by thelyricwriter.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, and interesting Kevin. You list a very interesting history my friend and some cool facts that I did not know. The honey bee is the only one I really like. I have been stung so many times, mainly be wasp, they actually trip me out. I think it is great that you are a beekeeper.

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thank you oceansnsunsets, honey bees are magical to me to.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Kevin, I think its so impressive that you are a beekeeper yourself! How wonderful. It takes me back to when I was a young girl in California.....I had an Uncle that had a large backyard, and after walking through some trees there, you would come upon the bees and where they were kept. It was magical and a little "daring" to me to go back there. Thanks for sharing this.

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thank you Sannel for your kind comment, Yes when you have to go in to the hive to do something and you get thousands of bees all over you, I have to admit I do have to control my erg to swat and run, But I know I cant I have to stay and finish.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      To be a bee-keeper must be such a great experience To care for a miraculously organized group of insects and be a part of their amazing work is just fantastic. However, you must be very brave to do this!

      Very interesting hub.

      Voted up!

      Thanks.

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thanks Gus. They are getting scarce every wear now days.

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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      Howdy Kevin - Send some bees over this way. We have some fruit trees that really need them, and they have been scarce as of late.

      Gus :-)))

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thanks patchofearth, I hope your plans go well and you do get you some bees one day, until then you are welcome to read my hubs, and fellow me if you like. I plan to write some more hubs on bee-keeping.

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      patchofearth 5 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      Bees are a part of my long-range plans. One day. . . Until then, I'll just read your hub.

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thank you Catgypsy for your comment. I'm sure you would love it,as I do.

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      I envy you! I have always wanted to be a bee keeper. They are such hard working little creatures and I love watching them in my yard. Thanks for this article.