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H Wray
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« on: August 24, 2012, 09:11:15 AM »


I begain beekeeping in 1975. By 1985 I had 60 hives. We had just began to have mite problems and the friend that had helped me died, I lost intrest in beekeeping and sold everything. In 2009 my brother inlaw wanted to try beekeeping and ask me to help him get started. I had loved beekeeping and now I had a reason to get started again. I now have 4 hives. It is just a hobby this time.I am 75 years old so I don't want too much work.

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2012, 09:17:02 AM »

Welcome to the site and welcome back! Please list your location in your profile so we may better assist you. Besides, we'd love to know where you're located.


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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2012, 10:17:13 AM »


I begain beekeeping in 1975. By 1985 I had 60 hives. We had just began to have mite problems and the friend that had helped me died, I lost intrest in beekeeping and sold everything. In 2009 my brother inlaw wanted to try beekeeping and ask me to help him get started. I had loved beekeeping and now I had a reason to get started again. I now have 4 hives. It is just a hobby this time.I am 75 years old so I don't want too much work.
Welcome to the forum, H Wray.  "Just a hobby"....a bit of advice...be very careful what you say.  grin  My mentor is 79 (80?) and made a little over a ton of honey last year.  This year he's downsized a little and with the odd season that we had he probably will be in the 3/4 ton range.  His best friend is around 82 but doesn't keep as many production hives BUT he started this year working on queen and nuc production (Caucasians).

So, with four hives and having a background in bees....who knows what your outcome will be. Wink

Whatever you do this time around....have lots of fun!!!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2012, 07:35:29 PM »

Welcome to the forum.
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2012, 08:20:44 PM »

Welcome to the forum!

You are an inspiration! I hope when I'm 75 I still have the passion, love and desire to learn from bees that I have now.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2012, 08:31:50 PM »

I, too, am a second time around(er).  First time from 1981-1990 and started back 3 years ago. Never been anything but a back yard hobbyist. 

You will find that in addition to the mite problem, the biggest change I noticed was the internet and how easy it is to find information and advice.  This site is a wonderful resource and has made my experience this time around so much more enjoyable and productive.
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2012, 11:34:10 PM »

Welcome to the forum and back to beek.  There is a local fellow beek that lost his hives this past winter, I caught 2 big swarms and gave them to him.  He was so happy, he is 83.  Good luck to you and your bees.



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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2012, 09:24:09 AM »

Welcome to the forum.
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2012, 08:05:50 AM »

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