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A few changes started, and coming, at the farm with beekeeping.
Parrothead posted a topic in Farming & GardeningGreetings: I have been pretty sick for a while. Coughing my guts up, for the most part. Have been delayed in returning to the farm due to the crud that I have contracted. Chan was able to talk with our regular pharmacist, though, who is a godsend for us. Honestly, she should have been a doctor. She recommended the appropriate medication once again, to help me get rid of yet, another illness. I hope to be over this enough to travel to the farm this morning (past midnight here, currently). Anyway, a little while back, I went ahead and moved forward regarding building our own wood ware, even though the table saw deal had fallen through. (For those who may not have read about it, I was issued a full refund from eBay.) I figured something would happen. And, it apparently has. I met a Khmer fellow who grew up in the US, having returned here about the time I came to Cambodia - back in 2012. He also happens to live not very far from the farm. He also happens to have a wood workshop, where we should be able to build the parts necessary for us to build our own hives and such. (I will try to get him involved in beekeeping, too.) So, this too, is a godsend - and for two reasons. Firstly, it has allowed me to meet a guy who is on the same page as me, but also lives near the farm. (Most of the foreigners I know, live within Battambang City limits.) Someone I can relate to on a westerner's level, and who understands what I am thinking about things. In short, someone I can damned talk with, to prevent me from going crazy at the farm. (I seem to recall a certain member, without mentioning any names, who said I wouldn't last six months at the farm. The odds just went more into my favor.) Secondly, he and I can combine our resources and build things that may benefit us both, in our respective interests. It will be great to be able to work hands on, building my girls their own "bee housing". Anyway, I had purchased a 3 horsepower compressor with a 50 Liters tank and two hose connections. I just have not taken the time to use it yet, because I am still lacking in some other tools. It seems as though, my new friend may have what I need, including the table saw. Anyway, here is the compressor and its respective accessories: Brad nailer with 15mm, 20mm, & 30mm brads Staple gun with 8mm staples. Not sure how long the air guns will last. They were only $15 / $16 USD, each. Not seen: 2 each - 9 meters length air hoses with quick disconnect couplings.
Current Beekeeping Expenditures
Parrothead posted a topic in Farming & GardeningHere are my current costs: So far, I have just under $900 USD invested in my bees. This includes 2 hive stands, 2 colonies of bees, all wood ware, including 12 deep hive bodies, 4 inner covers, 2 outer covers, 2 screened and 2 solid bottom boards, 2 entrance reducers, 90 frames - all with a minimum of wax sheets, 35 with drawn comb, 2 frame feeders, 10 bottle (chicken) feeders, 4 boardman style feeders, 2 mini (mating) nucs from Simon The Beekeeper (UK), 20 frame separators (to space 9 frames equally apart in supers), 5 veils, 1 smoker with smoker fuel, 2 pairs of gloves, 16 metal entrance gates (for 5 frame nucs I will construct), 2 frame holders, 4 queen excluders, 3 bee brushes, and 40 queen cages. The majority of items, aside from the wood ware, were purchased off eBay.com. All wood ware was purchased in Cambodia. The total includes $30 USD for wood and $7.50 USD for shade cloth, to build the cover over the bees.
Beekeeping Video Resources
Parrothead posted a topic in Farming & GardeningOther really good Beekeeping channels to view on YouTube, in no particular order, are: Joe May David Burns Jeff Horchoff JPthebeeman Scott Hendriks Barnyard Bees Walls Bee Man 628DirtRooster Trevor Gillbanks Jason Chrisman Honey Bee Honey Don The Fat Bee Man Beekeepers Workshop The Norfolk Honey Company UoG Honey Bee Research Centre Funny Bug Bees and Wood Works Something I am VERY happy to see, is a Khmer who is working to help populate bees in Cambodia. He is trying to teach others, so they will stop destroying hives and killing bees. This fellow is in Siem Reap and has a good channel going, as well: Khmer Beekeeping