You would think at 60 I would learn to out run a couple hundred Bees

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tom braatzThe other day I was looking at bee colonies in Waukesha County Real Estate and Delafield Wisconsin Real Estate  and you would think at 60 I would have learned how to out run a couple hundred bees after smoking them out to inspect their colonies to get them ready for winter. I am proud to say I can still scale large fences, run super fast, and pretty much hurdle many obstacles, very much like Waukesha County Real Estate. The other day I was talking to a friend at Gym and I gottom braatz to talking about work, life, and I mentioned to him that I was into bee keeping. He replied to me " Tom Braatz, I think it is amazing how people really do not understand the important of Bees." He was absolutely right. People tend to put bees in one large class of their own, and think that if they all fly, they sting, and they will be nasty. Not true. This Waukesha County Real Estate Broker knows home values Delafield Wisconsin and home sales Delafield Wisconsin, and home listings Delafield Wisconsin and knows Delafield Wisconsin homes but he also knows alot about bee keeping as well.

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After an incident in 2005 that I wound up getting completely septic , and relying on a ventilator to breath for me, I woke up out of that mess and thought about what great hobbies I could get into to help bounce back. I did what anyone would do with some OCD, I got into bee keeping, and somewhat by accident. Leave it to me not to be happy with a couple colonies. No, I have to have like 60 or 70 of the things, a truck and all the gear for them, and had a marketing plan to maximize my profits and yield. A typical nerd I guess.For the record I really do not know what good wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and these guys suit a purpose for. Yes, they are annoying. To me they are right up there with mosquitoes ( those annoying things that feel they have to chew on me until I look like a raspberry ). I do like bumble bees and such, but honey bees are in a class and world of there own.

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I decided that since I had the time I would get into the bees because I had done my research on them. They would be great tom braatzto pollinate everything in sight, they would produce honey, puprous and wax, and overall it would be kind of cool. I showed up to help the man I learned from wearing my Hawaiiantom braatz shirt. Clearly, I did not do enough research. Bees can identify bright objects and flowers, and they commenced to tear me apart. I might add, they took to me immediately. This guy was brilliant, and a excellent teacher. I really admired his passion for what he did. I also loved his honey roasted popcorn as well. Upon learning to wear all white clothes it got easier. I learned how to maintain the supers, keep the mites out of the colony, pull the honey, extract it, take care of the workers, the drones, and the Queen. That Queen had it made; she had 1000's of Bees that wanted nothing more than to keep her happy. This was something, and is something that anyone can do. If you lived in an apartment and had a balcony you could have a colony of only a couple racks and supers. It really is something how the bees just wanted to go about their daily events, and they left me alone, until I stuck my nose in their business. A bee will travel up to 7-10 miles to find a field, the trees, the plants they want and need. It is fascinating.

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Getting back to my original conversation. Sometimes we look at the Eco system, the plants, and we tend to think that everything is self sufficient. Not true. If you ever wonder how all those fields look so wonderful, or the carpets of natural flowering ever become so spectacular, it wasn't because a group of botanists got together and decided to fertilize the earth at given times. They got a lot of help from Mother Nature. Bees are absolutely fascinating, and they can be a wonderful and peaceful hobby. The cost are not that great, and common sense is the key. They can maintain themselves all winter with a little help. You do not have to go out to the country and be in the middle of a farmers field to put your colony or colonies.

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You could put a very small project in your flower bed, and get some much needed help with your yard. They will keep certain animals away just do to the fact that nothing likes to be tormented. Please take a look around you and look at the splendor that is in your focus. I must go out and work on my real Estate pollination now

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Beekeeping is something we've been considering. Thanks for giving your insight!

Dec 07, 2017 01:02 PM #1
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Marte Cliff

I think you would have a blast doing it. It's peaceful, outside of having somemad bees once in awhile

 

Dec 07, 2017 01:06 PM #2
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we just have the one colony (for now!).  Just started this year with a swarm from a wild hive in the woods next to our home.  Interesting to watch and ours are pretty mellow. 

Dec 07, 2017 02:11 PM #3
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William Feela
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I used to kill the bees but not since the reports of the  shortage of them

Dec 07, 2017 02:37 PM #4
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I'm definitely NOT a fan of bees Tom. We had a next door neighbor that had a bee hive & I was concerned it would attract more bees to my yard. I was pleasantly surprised that they kept mostly to the hive. 

Dec 07, 2017 02:40 PM #5
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Tom. I think your understanding of the importance of bees is terrific. Great post.

Dec 08, 2017 09:51 AM #6
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I am a big lover of bees and enjoyed this entire story. Wow, a little hobby after your medical scare?  You take on a LOT.  People need to stop using the damn pesticices and such that are making colonies more vulnerable. Grateful for people like you Tom.

FYI, my name, Debbra aka Deborah, means "bee" in hebrew. 

Dec 08, 2017 09:58 AM #7
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Debb, So right about the pesticides, also the cell towers throw them off big time 

Dec 08, 2017 02:14 PM #8
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Liz and Bill Spear

Glad you are enjoying your bee keeping. It's worth every second you put into it

Dec 08, 2017 02:15 PM #9
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William Feela

Bees are useful; it's the other flying things that can bee a nuisance

Dec 08, 2017 02:16 PM #10
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Debe Maxwell, CRS

I bet your gardens and flowers look great because of the bees. They are interesting to watch.

Dec 08, 2017 02:18 PM #11
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Sheila Anderson

I found it rewarding to help farmers learn how to put colonies on their farms for their crops

Dec 08, 2017 02:19 PM #12
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