Started keeping bees

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  1. DoubleDutch

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    Today I got my first beepopulation.

    Took some courses two years ago and getting some help of the teacher.

    It is sooooo interesting and bees are so incredibly smart.

    I do not keep them for honey but to take care of these amazing animals that we humans need to survive. It is based on the most natural method. The honey stays where it belongs (in the hive) to be used as food to get them through winter.

    I'll keep you informed about evolvements.
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    That is very interesting. How do your neighbours feel about it?
     
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    Congratulations on your new "kids"

    You are so right in that these poor animals need protection
    The constant cutting down of trees and shrubs and natural habitat in general for continuous developments, is greatly affecting the bee population
    Im not brave enough to keep them but I live on a smallholding and love my garden so especially Spring and Summer some of my flower bearing trees and hrubs are covered in bees at certain times
    When the bottle brushes, pepper trees and acacias are in bloom it sounds like a whole swarm is on the trees, yet, i carry on working in the garden or you sit under the trees and they have never actually shown any interest in me or anyone in the garden

    Enjoy them and keep us posted
     
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    I placed the hive in my uncle's garden.
    Our neighbourhood is too densely build.
    BTW normally neighbours won't even notice you keep bees but after some time the population splits up (swarm). Ik that case we'll have a problem Houston hahaha.

    The neighbours of my uncle know and one even keeps bees himself.

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    Thanks. I have a bee-hotel in my own garden. These are for a different type of bees, Mason bees. They lay eggs in the pipes (bamboo). It works as you can see.






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    Thats amazing!

    And their hive?
    Do they live in the pipes or only use the pipes to lay the eggs?
    Have never seen this before
     
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    They only lay their eggs in those and close every compartment with clay (leaving food with it : pollen).[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Now this is an extremely interesting thread. I saw the video of the Mason bee's but didn't know it was in your garden. Awesome artwork with the bamboo and wood. You don't have any problem with them in terms of the wood on the house, trusses ect?

    This might just become a case of MHS, multi hive syndrome
     
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    They don't eat wood Pierré, they are only laying there eggs in tiny spots / cracks aso. I did saw the bamboo in 8 cm pieces and put them together. These bees live along other beespecies and feed on honey / pollen. But live alone instead of in a population. With honey bees only the Queen lays eggs.

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    Keeping bees is an awesome hobby, I grew up with hives around me and the priest that cares for them. My mom wanted to get hives here but never has the time and I did a bit of research for her.

    I love my bees because they not only take pollen but fertilise everything on the farm.

    Father Richard is 92 now and still keeps the mission hives in Harding. I hope he has someone trained to take over when he dies.
     
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    Thanks for the info. At least it's good to know they won't see parts of your house a lunch. With them eating honey, don't they raid other hives for this, or wait for invitations to come over?
     
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    Others (Honeybees) won't let them enter haha. Also other honeybees won't do that even if you place hives besides each other.
    They have a great BPS system hahaha

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    Thanks for the explanation @DoubleDutch

    Its fascinating and amazing how animals use each other to survive
     
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    Nature is amazing ! We should thank Mother Nature more often for the awesome job she did.

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    You are so right!!
    In fact Mother Nature is at work all the time in the most amazing ways thousands of which we dont even dream of
     
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    Result of the first week. Not bad ![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Wow... that is absolutely amazing

    They certainly have settled in and looking very happy
     
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    Took these vids of a wild Mason Bee. Especially the second is pretty amazing to me.





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    Its amazing how they do it with such perfection
     
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    @DoubleDutch

    Good luck with the new hive.
    Those Mason Bees are also very interesting.
     
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