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Offline farmgirl62

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hello from Louisiana-new member
« on: June 30, 2013, 08:57:52 AM »
Hi, I am a fledgling beekeeper, keep a few animals, garden a bit, homeschool two children and work at a church as an accompanist and choir director.  I live outside of Covington, La which is across the lake from New Orleans and have lived in the area for 35 years.  We have 40 acres and three hives (soon to be 4).  I love the bees but am continually humbled by the little creatures!!  They sometimes don't do what the books and manuals say they should!!

I am looking forward to learning more and lurking about-trying to figure out the right questions to ask!! 

When I first began learning about bees (4 years ago), I never saw any honeybees on our property.  I would regularly inspect flowers, garden area, etc and rarely saw anything.  Of course, that changed when I got my hives, and the squash and cucumbers (plus various weeds that I could have skipped having pollinated) began to proliferate.  This year, we had three swarms on our property.  One was from one of my hives (I got sick in the spring and couldn't get to the splitting).  Tried to catch the first one and got badly stung in the process.  We successfully captured another one, put it in a hive box with sugar water.  They sucked down my sugar water and took off the next day!!  Anyway, I am thrilled to know that there are more beekeepers around and more bees in the area-doing our part to repopulate our little corner of the world.

homeschool mom to 2 kids
church musician
keeper of cows, goats, two turkeys, sheep, occasional pig, one goose, cats, dogs
wife of 21 years to a hardworking man
gardener of heirloom vegetables


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Re: hello from Louisiana-new member
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2013, 10:13:02 AM »
Welcome to the forum, always good to see others join in, and sort of a little bonus when they're a fellow Louisianan.  :)

This is my first year as a Beek but I've jumped straight into the deep end.   :laugh:
I had intentions of starting with two or three hives.  However, I purchased 2 Nucs in mid January but have caught about a dozen swarms, done a couple of trapouts and a couple of cutouts since then....So I currently have 9 hives and a few Nucs.

I absolutely love the hobby and this forum has been an immeasurable resource, lots of good folks willing to take the time to share their experience and knowledge whenever they can help someone out.

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Re: hello from Louisiana-new member
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2013, 04:21:04 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Farmgirl62.  That was about the same time I started, and they will let you know how much you don't know sometimes.  I'm just  little north east of Hattiesburg.  Bought a bull down in Covington several years ago.  Check to see if you have a local bee club, they can bee a good help also.  Good luck to you and your bees. 


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Re: hello from Louisiana-new member
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2013, 04:29:00 PM »
Welcome to the forum. 

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Re: hello from Louisiana-new member
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2013, 09:30:48 PM »
Welcome to the bee forum Candy.

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Re: hello from Louisiana-new member
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2013, 11:33:18 PM »