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« on: November 04, 2008, 03:06:22 PM »

Hello,
          I am a new member here and new to beekeeping.
I have been interested keeping bees for a while and now a couple of my family members seem to be on board as well, so we will dive into it this spring. I plan to get between 2-4 colonies to start. I hope to find someone local that I can purchase nucs from.
My 6 year old son is very interested in this as well, I don't know why it surprised me much since he is really into keeping chickens and is very responsible with them. He can't wait to get bees.
It would be nice for him to learn about them.
I have been reading as much as I can get my hands on and picking other people's brains when I can.
I want to be as prepared as I possible beforehand.The rest I will learn as I go I suppose.
I live in Weymouth, Massachusetts with my husband and 6 children aged 5-20.
I raise chickens and sell eggs, love to garden and grow my own vegetables and I  am an avid antique collector.
I hope to learn alot and make some friends here, look forward to meeting you all.
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 04:26:22 PM »

Welcome Natalie,

How cool that your 6 year old son is so anxious have bees.  Just think, when he grows up, he will hardly be able to remember a time when he didn't have bees!  I wish you incredible success.  You will find lots of helpful friends here.

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 09:58:23 PM »

Hello and Welcome Natalie
There is alot of great information on the forum !!
The members here are willing help and answer your questions, all you need to do is to ask
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008, 06:31:32 AM »

Hello and Welcome!

This forum is a friendly place to learn more about bees & beekeeping.  Over time, I've found the 'search' function to be very useful - more often than not, when I have a question it's usually been discussed before, and I can get an immediate answer (which is nice if you're impatient!).

If you haven't already, I recommend getting involved with a local beekeeping club. Clubs are great for finding mentors and getting connected with other nearby beeks. Plus, clubs often offer beginning beekeeping classes, and members can help you with such things as finding local suppliers and beekeeping techniques that are specific to your location.
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2008, 08:10:01 AM »

Just remember. The only dumb question is one not asked and to all members remember, new people dont ask you dumb questions
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008, 08:14:46 AM »

Welcome Natalie! You will be right at home here, you say you raise chickens, we have other chicken lovers here, make sure you check out the farming and country section.


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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008, 09:08:24 AM »

Natalie, welcome to our forum, so nice you found us.  This will be a place where you will meet new friends, have a place to tell your stories, tales and experiences, and most of all, find out how to keep bees, we can all help and offer our advice.

You sound like my Sister, she has 6 children, aged 6 to 18 though, but very similar. I can only begin to imagine how busy your life must be.  You are an avid farmer, good, so I am I, I love my chickenyard critters too.  Stick around, enjoy your stay with us.  AND...have that most wonderful day and awesome life, Cindi
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008, 05:20:42 PM »

Thank you everyone for the nice welcome, I really appreciate it.
I have been busy ordering some of the supplies I will need come spring and I start classes for beekeeping in a couple of months.
I am going through all the threads here to glean some more information as well.
I called a man to inquire about nucs that he sells each spring and we started chatting about beekeeping and spent at least 30 minutes explaining all kinds of techniques people use and methods he has tried and how it all worked or didn't work for him.
Its such a relief to find so many other people that keep bees and are so helpful and willing to share their knowledge.
I look forward to getting to know you all and learning from you.
Thanks again, Natalie
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2008, 06:01:32 PM »

Just remember. The only dumb question is one not asked and to all members remember, new people dont ask you dumb questions
True, but there is a search function too,  so show a little effort and see if your question has already been answered before you expect others to take the time to answer.  Most generic questions have already been answered to death Wink
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2008, 06:34:36 PM »

 But,....but......Gee Robo,........I wanna be able to answer some easy questions! Everybody here always beats me to the answers Undecided You cant imagine how depressing it is to go through all my books for answers only to find that 2 days later someone has already come up with an answer!
 Oh,...Just KIDDING!!!
 Hey Natalie, my problem is that when I answer a question, by the time I get to the end of my answer I just might be telling you how to wax a car and I'd a forgotten all about the question being about a leaky feeder or something like that Smiley
 At any rate, welcome to the forums, Natalie! Theres tons of stuff in here about bees! For me, this is where i get practically all my bee knowledge...and chicken information...and how to eat right...and when I should pull up my garlic...and what medicines to take for what disease...And when people see aliens in their yard...and how to make liquor from honey.......
You know,..when I got my first bees I,...........Uh oh,,,,,,.......
Ok,...gotta go learn something else!

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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2008, 06:48:15 PM »

Welcome Natalie.

Get some bees, they will teach you! With your interests and hobbies, you will find lots of friends here.

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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2008, 11:31:21 PM »

Thanks everyone,
Don't worry John I do that sometimes too, and then half the time I end up erasing half of my answer to get to the point.
What do you mean I can't ask a bunch of questions that have already been answered a thousand times?!
You want me to take some initiative and LOOK for the answer myself? What the? What kind of a place is this?   grin
 I know that for the most part I can find all the answers to my questions from reading the old threads, which I have already been doing so I don't expect to be bothering you folks too much unless its something specific to my situation.

Um, does anyone know what a frame is? and what does extracting mean? a nuc?
I always hear people refer to a super but they never say a super what? What the heck is so super?   Wink
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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2008, 12:27:56 AM »

Um, does anyone know what a frame is? and what does extracting mean? a nuc?
I always hear people refer to a super but they never say a super what? What the heck is so super?   Wink
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Welcome Natalie!  You are going to fit right in! You will spend hours reading & learn things you didn't know you needed to know.  There are many ways of doing almost everything, it's fun to see all the different methods & reasons why! I too have chix! J
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« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2008, 09:39:51 AM »

Um, does anyone know what a frame is? and what does extracting mean? a nuc?
 a super but they never say a super what? What the heck is so super?   Wink

Welcome Natalie!  You are going to fit right in! You will spend hours reading & learn things you didn't know you needed to know.  There are many ways of doing almost everything, it's fun to see all the different methods & reasons why! I too have chix! J
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Ditto to Jody, we are a friendly and funny group and love to kid each other!!!  Cindi
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« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2008, 08:24:27 PM »

Poka and Cindi, You guys took the words right outta my mouth!!!...Honest, you really did!!!! After reading Natalies last post I said to myself,"Geez, she's gonna fit right in here!"
 And Natalie!!! I DO THE SAME THING!!!! I write a mess off stuff then I go back and delete some cuz i found how distracted i got while writing!!!...And THATS a lotta work when typing with two fingers!!
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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2008, 10:26:53 PM »

Hi Natalie

Annette here from Placerville California and another women beekeeper. I have been keeping bees since April 2006 and have learned so, so much from my experience with the bees, many things that have gone wrong, and posting for help here on the forum.

I never could have gone on without the help I received right here on this forum. I had so many challenges, but I worked them all out and I still have 2 wonderful beehives.

The people on this forum are very friendly and they come right to the rescue if you truly are fretting. Believe me I have fretted many times and people still help even someone neurotic like me.

Just have fun here and you will see how many new friends you will make

Sincerely
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« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2008, 10:49:10 PM »

Hey Annette!
When are you gonna get another hive?Huh Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2008, 03:14:38 PM »

Hey Annette!
When are you gonna get another hive?Huh Smiley
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john

I was going to increase to 4 hives, but I was waiting for that guy Saj to make me 2 hive stands and I guess he just disappeared. I really wanted those hive stands. (he actually PM'd me and said they were almost done and to give him my address and then he just disappeared).

I like having my hives on the sturdy hive stands I have and I do not want anymore unless I have more stands.

I know what everyone will say. Use blocks, etc.  Who knows, I may split one of my hives this Spring and then I will have 3.

It is a lot of work for me, as I have many problems with my body and just taking care of 2 has been enough for me.

I do have the desire for more, so we shall see what happens
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« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2008, 05:56:53 PM »

 Oh yehhhh,...Ol' sarge.......I do remember he said he'd make you some. If I was closer to you(Like right next door or just down the street) I'd make some stands for you. Ive made them out of different things...Maybe you should use blocks....heh heh heh... Smiley
 Really though the blocks with 4x4s is what i will do from now on I think. I just have to remember if I have a hive on each end, and i go to move one, the other will drop until it catches the inside top of the block...Really scary, but I should remember next time!

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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2008, 09:28:59 PM »

I think I will stick to my hive stands!!!!!!!
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« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2008, 07:39:09 AM »

Hello,
          I am a new member here and new to beekeeping.
I have been interested keeping bees for a while and now a couple of my family members seem to be on board as well, so we will dive into it this spring. I plan to get between 2-4 colonies to start. I hope to find someone local that I can purchase nucs from.
My 6 year old son is very interested in this as well, I don't know why it surprised me much since he is really into keeping chickens and is very responsible with them. He can't wait to get bees.
It would be nice for him to learn about them.
I have been reading as much as I can get my hands on and picking other people's brains when I can.
I want to be as prepared as I possible beforehand.The rest I will learn as I go I suppose.
I live in Weymouth, Massachusetts with my husband and 6 children aged 5-20.
I raise chickens and sell eggs, love to garden and grow my own vegetables and I  am an avid antique collector.
I hope to learn alot and make some friends here, look forward to meeting you all.
                                                                    Natalie
Natalie!  I've been so busy with Thanksgiving I didn't see your posts yesterday until now.  Welcome!  I'm so glad you joined here, this is the best place to learn all about beekeeping!  I'll see you sometime this weekend  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2008, 08:37:37 AM »

Natalie!  I've been so busy with Thanksgiving I didn't see your posts yesterday until now.  Welcome!  I'm so glad you joined here, this is the best place to learn all about beekeeping!  I'll see you sometime this weekend  Smiley

Ann, what does that mean?  Are you going to meet Natalie somewhere?  At her house?  At your house?  Do you guys live close to each other?  Tell me, come on.....have a wonderful day, life and health.  Cindi
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« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2008, 04:10:27 PM »

Yeh, I wanna know too!!

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« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2008, 04:55:00 PM »

Natalie!  I've been so busy with Thanksgiving I didn't see your posts yesterday until now.  Welcome!  I'm so glad you joined here, this is the best place to learn all about beekeeping!  I'll see you sometime this weekend  Smiley

Ann, what does that mean?  Are you going to meet Natalie somewhere?  At her house?  At your house?  Do you guys live close to each other?  Tell me, come on.....have a wonderful day, life and health.  Cindi

Yes, we do live close - she's less than 10 miles from me as the crow flies!  Natalie and her husband Bill have been to our house, they're going to join our bee club to take bee school this January (Plymouth County Beekeepers Association), and I'm hopefully going to go to their house this weekend to drop off some honey.  We tried to meet up at the Common Ground Fair this past September but we missed each other (there was a great backyard chicken keeping seminar she just missed, we left right after it).  We met through Backyard Chickens and she told me right off she was interested in beekeeping - plus she gardens!  Cindi, it's too bad you're all the way across the world from us, we'd all have a blast together!
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« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2008, 06:02:23 PM »

Oh Ann, that is so wonderful that Natalie and Hubby are so close, you have made a new friend.

Yes, I know, that makes me sad that I have made so many good friends here -- like you, my first real good one, and then there were more -- to know that I will probably never really get to meet them.  I can only hang their picture on my wall and talk to them, like I am stalking them.  NOT!!!  I am only kidding (actually, one shouldn't kid about stuff like that, people MAY take it the wrong way; no I don't have any pictures I hang on the wall, that is just my imagination runnin' wild, hee, hee).  You know that we would have that incredible and wonderful blast together, with our new-and-improved Husbands.....

I am off topic, and Natalie, I apologize, but you will get to know me, and I am one of the worst here about a'ramblin' and goin' off topic.  It is something that I should work on, hee, hee.  Have the most wonderful, life and greatest of health wishes to us all. Cindi
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« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2008, 07:44:35 PM »

I'll send you a picture of me Cindi!!!
 What size? 5x7, 8x10?....Family oriented, or mature?( Includes me in a new pair of swimming trunks!)

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« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2008, 10:37:00 PM »

You can stalk my photo as well Cindi!!!
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« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2008, 12:12:08 AM »

Wow, when I first joined she asked me to send her a picture of me and I thought he just did that with all the new members!! Gasp!
Just joking, but you can stalk me if you want. I had a stalker before but I had to fire her, she was lazy and just wasn't showing up at all the same places as me, I had to let her go.

Ann and Greg were over today and we had a very nice visit. Its true, it is nice to have people close by with the same interests as you.
Its even better because our new and improved husbands get along great too, so they don't mind us all getting together.
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« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2008, 10:46:45 AM »

Wow, when I first joined she asked me to send her a picture of me and I thought he just did that with all the new members!! Gasp!
Just joking, but you can stalk me if you want.

 our new and improved husbands get along great too, so they don't mind us all getting together.

Natalie, ha!!!  YOu ain't seen nuthin' yet.  This forum is going to be a fun place for you to hang out, you are beginning to see that already.  We have a blast here, teasing each other, enjoying our friendships that we have cultivated, through this cyberspace.  AND...now and then, like you, Ann, and Greg (and your Husband), we actually get to meet each other and enjoy things in common.  So, you have a new-and-improved Husband too, just like Ann and I.  I been married to mine now for 28 years coming up on February 14, smiling, and yep, yep, he most certainly is New&Improved!!!  He be that love-of-my-life....Have a most wonderful and awesomely great day, Cindi
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We are all so lucky to have our New and Improved Husbands!  My only regret is that I met mine too late in life to have had kiddos with him - but that's ok, we have kitties, bees  and chickens, the latter two are fulfilling my desire for daughters, I guess! Lots of them!

Natalie's yard is wonderful, she's got a lot going on a lot even smaller than mine - but it's so well laid out.  Chickens roaming all over, and they're so friendly!  She's got a great spot for those hives come next spring.  She lives in a very old, historic home, it's lovely, and her children are adorable - I'm smitten with Scarlett, her five year old daughter.  It was a really nice afternoon visit.  Smiley
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