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Question: How long have you been keeping bees?
My bees are coming in the spring!
I am in my first year of keeping bees.
I am in my second year of keeping bees.
I have had bees for 3 years or more.
I have had bees so long I have lost count.
I have dreams, but no firm plans to get bees.


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Country Heart
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« on: September 24, 2011, 04:39:47 PM »

How long?
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2011, 10:46:30 PM »

I got interested in 1970.  Researched a lot in 1972 and 1973.  Got bees in 1974.  Been addicted every since...
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2011, 09:06:16 PM »

I started last year with one package. I added another package this year but it did not do well. Went threw four queens in one summer. I currently have it in a double deep six frame nuc and will try to winter it that way!!!. It's been doing fairly well lately My hive from last year swarmed and I was lucky enough to catch them so that makes 2 1/2 hives heading for winter.

Been fun so far. I find keeping bees both challenging and rewarding.

Good luck to everone going into fall and winter.

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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2011, 09:35:01 PM »

Since 1976 or 77.
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2011, 09:57:28 PM »

Got bees in 1957 WOW 54 years most be getting OLD  grin


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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2011, 10:49:01 PM »

>Got bees in 1957 WOW 54 years

And you were what?  3 years old?
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2011, 10:57:31 PM »

Since 2006, Wow can't believe time has passed so quickly.
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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2011, 11:18:16 PM »

helped uncle with his apiary in the seventy's. got out of it in the 80's. got back into it in 2009. me and friend have 20 hives and growing. (uncle had 1000 hives on his farm + a couple 1000 on other farms.
Man did I miss it or what. grin

john (hoping to be as half as good a beeker as he was.)
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2011, 10:14:15 PM »

4 months.  Heading into Winter with 4 local nucs.  shocked

I'm a member of a local club and so I have a solid, local network to consult.
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2011, 04:01:16 PM »

Since 2006, Wow can't believe time has passed so quickly.

I'm completely with you... (alright, I don't actually have a parasol...)
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2011, 06:39:38 PM »

Since 2006, Wow can't believe time has passed so quickly.

I'm completely with you... (alright, I don't actually have a parasol...)

I don't have a parasol either anymore grin grin
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2011, 08:02:36 AM »

mlss anette' you know the deal on getting yo other one back from the coon___
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« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2011, 10:00:06 AM »

And she will get it back bud as long as she keeps up her end of the bargain!  grin


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« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2011, 10:51:22 AM »

What can I say about my bees.  They give me the peace and tranquility that I have long searched for.  They help keep me sane in an otherwise insane world.  I wish I would have taken plunge oh so many years ago.

My next goal is to make the time to meet some of the friends I have made on this forum.   I am going to make an effort to do so this year.  Hopefully we hit the lottery and I'll throw a private beekeeping gathering the forum will remember.  (If we hit big enough, air fare will be provided...LOL)
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« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2011, 01:50:19 PM »

And she will get it back bud as long as she keeps up her end of the bargain!  grin


...JP

Just officially got the time off of work in April to attend the gathering, as long as the date doesn't change (Beemaster gave me an approximate date to go by) stay on topic Sorry for hijacking thread!!
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« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2011, 02:30:07 PM »


 Sorry for hijacking thread!!


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« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2011, 03:32:13 PM »

Grandfather owned 3 houses in a row each with lots 400 foot deep he lived in one we lived in another.
He had at least 10 hives every year till I was 17.
I didnt get to check the hives just mowed the grass the around Black German Devils lol. Now I mow with a veil and will never stop mowing with a veil its one thing granddad didnt tell us spent my childhood with stings to the eyes

At 25 I wanted them back and at 30 I finally had enough cash. I am now entering the winter of my 3rd year.

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« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2011, 07:34:17 PM »

about 1965 thru 85 laid out awhile back at it..dl
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« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2011, 02:55:53 AM »

And she will get it back bud as long as she keeps up her end of the bargain!  grin


...JP

Just officially got the time off of work in April to attend the gathering, as long as the date doesn't change (Beemaster gave me an approximate date to go by) stay on topic Sorry for hijacking thread!!

What "gathering" are you all talking about?  or is it a private party?     pop
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« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2011, 06:34:04 AM »


And she will get it back bud as long as she keeps up her end of the bargain!  grin


...JP

Just officially got the time off of work in April to attend the gathering, as long as the date doesn't change (Beemaster gave me an approximate date to go by) stay on topic Sorry for hijacking thread!!

What "gathering" are you all talking about?  or is it a private party?     pop

annette you hijacking thread evil



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