First (intro) post:
I thought I would post a short note to say hello (from SE Wisconsin). I have been learning to navigate the site and I’ve seen a wealth of great ideas … as well as constant loads of encouragement for beginners and an outright passion for beekeeping. Thanks!
In fact, I have just this afternoon received my first shipment of “woodware” and other gear. After reading all of the available books at our local library (and “The Beekeeper’s Handbook” currently), I went with ALL 8-frame medium supers so that they can be fully interchangeable and not so heavy when full of brood or honey. I have screened bottom boards and the usual “telescoping” covers. I need to nail/glue each unit into its proper form and paint them (if I really need to paint – mixed signals depending on the source) but I have plenty of time until I actually pick up my bees … next April! So, I will (eventually) have two hives on seven acres with room to grow as I learn.
Meanwhile, I have joined the Racine/Kenosha Beekeeper’s Association and very much enjoyed my first meeting. I am also trying to figure out if there are any local regulations (and/or inspection requirements) as well as speculating as to the merits of latex paint over exterior stain & polyurethane.
Anyway, enough said. Hate to ramble on, but I am certainly excited to be here and I look forward to learning a great deal from everyone!