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How many hives do you have?

1-10
175 (75.1%)
11-25
29 (12.4%)
26-50
15 (6.4%)
51-100
7 (3%)
101-200
3 (1.3%)
201-500
4 (1.7%)

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Offline pdmattox

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hive #'s
« on: November 17, 2006, 08:52:01 PM »
I was wondering how many years you've been keeping bee's as well.

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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2006, 08:54:17 PM »
Since I was 14-15 so that makes it 33-34 years now, wow - and the most I've never had more than 11 hives.
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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2006, 09:31:20 AM »
this was my first season. i  (well, my dad) bought me 2 bee colonies on 7 frames, then my menthor gave me a swarm which i helped him to catch. after that y friend keeper was kind enough to give me 2 more colonies.

P.S. and i thought i started of "BIG"

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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2006, 01:17:04 PM »
Counting nucs I suppose I make it over a hundred at times, but I picked 26-50.  I've had them since 1974.
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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2006, 05:44:28 PM »
I started bekeeping in 1959, the year I turned 11.  You should be able to calculate my experience and age from that.
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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2006, 10:31:12 AM »
i started beekeeping in '06 when i was 55...i am 56 now. i started with 2 hives but i have but one now....and one vacant.

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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2006, 07:06:12 PM »
I started with my first swarm when I was around 10.  The numbers were always in flux, but in high school, I had 25-30.  In the 35+ years since then, I have had bees on and off.  I split and got up to 23 last summer.  Had to combine a few dinks and overwintering 18. 

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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2006, 02:08:31 AM »
I started bekeeping in 1959, the year I turned 11.  You should be able to calculate my experience and age from that.

Brian, good grief, I was just reading your post and I calculated your age, you are a young man, your avitar made me think you were over that hill.  But then that can be a good place.  Doesn't matter, though.  Just thought I would let you know what I perceived.  I have a problem in that I say what I think, sometimes people get annoyed with me.  Great day.  Cindi
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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2006, 10:14:35 PM »
I picked my Avatar because it depicts my physical state not my chronological or mental state.  Mentally The Japanese would say I'm baka, the Latino's--muy loco.
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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2006, 12:18:52 AM »
I picked my Avatar because it depicts my physical state not my chronological or mental state.  Mentally The Japanese would say I'm baka, the Latino's--muy loco.
OK, gotcha, you must have had an accident and have difficulty with movement, presumably bearing a cane.  that is OK, it is amazing how the other senses take over when one or the other is impaired, but..  that is a drag.  It mus be an incredible challenge to work with bees, I take my hat off to you and Brian, carry on.  So, my brother-in-law is Chilean, he speaks Spanish, I will ask him what "muy loco" means.  It almost sounds like crazy, LOL, I know the cattle eat locoweed and it does rather bizarre things to their behaviour.  I know a couple of swear words in Spanish, but that is another story, never to be told here. Ha, ha.   He corrected me when I asked him how to say goodbye, I think that I may have spelled it somewhere in my travels as "chioux", ha, ha, he said absolutely not, Spanish say "chao" the Italia say "chio", or is it the other way around?  ha, ha, life is beautiful.  Have an awesome day...Cindi
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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2006, 03:38:46 PM »
I liked this poll (with 30 replies so far) it sure proves out that (even though we have a vast selection of beekeepers from all levels, we truly do seem to have the large Backyard Beekeeping Crowd - that surely is great, it means that so many members (many starting out NEXT season and many just Wintering their FIRST season) and from my prospective (a frontyard beekeeper actually) have always had a handful of hives and having the great knowledge of the larger operation beeyard keepers and the literally hundred and even THOUSANDS of combined years of experience make this a great place to start out - even if you are still a season or two from starting.

CONGRATULATIONS on the first harvest -you will surely remember this one for a life time!!!
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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2006, 03:41:09 AM »
End of July 2005.  I guess that means 16 MONTHS... :)
Everyone said it couldn't be done. But he with a chuckle replied, "I won't be one to say it is so, until I give it a try."  So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin.  If he had a worry he hid it and he started to sing as he tackled that thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.  (unknown)

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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2006, 10:38:50 PM »
Just completed Year #4.

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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2006, 10:36:21 AM »
Only a 7 month newbee.. I had 3 hives this year.. looking to expand to at least 10 next year. 

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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2006, 07:25:40 PM »
i started in 1999 with 3 hives
today, i have 132 :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2007, 11:19:32 PM »
230 here

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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2007, 02:55:41 AM »
I would like to hear all about your operation tennesebeeman  8-) beekeeping is the best ;)  :)

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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2007, 12:47:22 PM »
huh ?

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« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2007, 05:41:18 PM »
huh what :)

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Re: hive #'s
« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2007, 12:33:50 AM »
well i been beekeeping for 3 year now . the end