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So, How long have you been a BEEK?

2 years or less
15 (26.3%)
3 to 5 years
21 (36.8%)
6 to 10 years
10 (17.5%)
10 to 15 years
2 (3.5%)
15 to 20 years
1 (1.8%)
Over 20 years
8 (14%)

Total Members Voted: 57

Voting closed: March 17, 2013, 11:08:27 AM

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Offline Moots

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Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« on: February 15, 2013, 10:08:27 AM »
I know we have quite a range of folks here on the forum, everything from newbie's to seasoned veterans...just curious how it breaks down.
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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2013, 09:20:46 AM »
I started in 2006. If it wouldn't have been for meeting so many people though the forum and our voice chat,it may have been another hobby that went by the wayside. With almost nightly voice chats with so many, the forum has become an extended family.And the bees were the common thread for meeting everyone.

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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2013, 09:31:17 AM »
I started beekeeping in April 1957



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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013, 10:41:46 AM »
I started in 2011, still learning and loving beek. 




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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2013, 11:52:41 AM »
The year after Katrina for me.
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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2013, 06:51:56 PM »
>I started beekeeping in April 1957

Got me beat by 17 years...
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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2013, 07:05:45 PM »
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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2013, 07:10:31 PM »
April 2008 for me. About 20 years too late. :'(
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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2013, 07:31:36 PM »
around '78 with a couple of gaps between then and now with no bees. 

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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2013, 07:53:30 PM »
April the seventh will make me two years.  I started with three packages.  That summer was the worst drought in one hundred years.  Between the drought and my ineptness all three package lived into the next summer.  It was the second year of the drought.  Those hives built up to a 10 frame deep and a 10 frame medium.  I am hoping for a good honey harvest this year.  I also have three splits that I bought last summer.  All of my hives look good as of this moment.

I wish I had started beekeeping sooner.

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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2013, 09:09:19 PM »
WOW!!! I am surprised by the results. I expected more with a little more experience.

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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2013, 10:06:22 PM »
Been a hobby beek with 3-5 hives since '91 when my dad died and I got his three hives and a garage full of boxes and equipment. The mites shut me down in the late 90's for a few years then got back into it and have been doing it ever since.

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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2013, 10:24:24 PM »
This will be my first year... Green is an understatement... :oops: ...lol
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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2013, 10:36:01 PM »
April the seventh will make me two years.  I started with three packages.  That summer was the worst drought in one hundred years.  Between the drought and my ineptness all three package lived into the next summer.  It was the second year of the drought.  Those hives built up to a 10 frame deep and a 10 frame medium.  I am hoping for a good honey harvest this year.  I also have three splits that I bought last summer.  All of my hives look good as of this moment.

I wish I had started beekeeping sooner.

i've got a friend with a ranch in del rio and he has to haul water in every day from a neighbor's place.  he paid over 100k to get a well drilled to the aquifer and after 6 months they finally hit it and the water is so acidic it corrodes the pumps.  hope it gets better for you guys.

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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2013, 10:44:11 PM »
1976 or 77, I started hauling 2000 hives between Wisconsin and Florida, spring and fall, for a commercial guy. Got my own bees about that time, too.
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Re: Poll -- "Experience" with Bees
« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2013, 12:19:16 AM »
Started keeping bees in 1975 and slowly built up to 90 hives before giving it all away in 1993. Started up again 2011 but I now only have 4 hives which I will probably increase to 10 towards the end of Spring.

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