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No honey harvest desired

Posted by bobwilliams (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 19, 06 at 13:28

I'm preparing to become a beekeeper. I have read a half dozen books on it. I want the bees only for pollination, not honey harvesting. One subject not discussed in any of the books is - What would you do different from normal beekeeping if you only wanted the bees for pollination and did not want to harvest any honey?

thank you,
Bob Williams

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RE: No honey harvest desired

How many hives you where planning to have?
Not taking any honey could become a big problem, clogging the brood box with too much honey, Queen can't lay enough eggs...reduced population.. swarming etc.....
I would.....
Not keep any honey bees at all, just put up some wood blocks with holes for native bees, also bumble boxes.

RE: No honey harvest desired

You asked "How many hives you where planning to have?"
I thought I would start with 3 and maybe leave it at that. I am restoring a 25 acres wildflower and tallgrass prairie and can use the polination.

RE: No honey harvest desired

I'll come get your honey if your in NC. LOL Lisa/Liznbeatle

RE: No honey harvest desired

Bob, at 3 hives... I would think you could get away with native bees.
Not sure why you wouldn't want to take the honey but you could also approach a local bee keeper to set some hives at your place or run a add in a bee journal, news paper, there is always some City folks who want to keep a few hives but have no place to put it.

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