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    Some of these arrogant people with thousands of posts seem like they might really know something. Some posters remind me of those I see around at meetings. As I read responses and weigh their merit, I find myself curious about the source, and that sources experience. I also am just plain old nosy. So I am asking folks to tell us about what your life experience is with beekeeping. I could just leave it at that, an open ended question like what you ask folks when you first meet so they tell you what they want, but I am also curious about how you got into bees, # of hives you have had over the years, money you have lost or made, how you market yourself (honey versus pollination), your prices, your inventions or contributions, your dreams, etc...

    I will post this as is and then post later about myself.

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    Joe Miller
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    I was working 12 hour shifts on nights on the same days my wife worked during daylight. On days off I could not go to sleep at the same time as she, yet was often not as awake as a good book required. So I spent a lot of money renting movies. This hurt the wallet so I started going to the public library where they had hundreds of free videos. Brushy Mountain got me hooked.

    I'd grown up with an interest in science, Mom and Dad played around with different critters, and I'd once been a healthy vegetarian. So I got equipment for 2 hives, found someone licensed to sell nucs in my state and got 2.

    I had lots of fun playing with them in my back yard. We went to some local and state meetings. We took pictures of the first crop harvesting, which my wife showed to lots of people at work. Total strangers started asking me if they could buy some of my five gallons of honey. Well, with a wife that cooks, people wanting to buy it, and me wanting to make mead it only went so far.

    So I had to increase things! Split one hive that first fall. THe split made a queen and was great in the spring with fast come on and great comb honey. Bought 6 more nucs, and got 13 supers of honey in the fall. Sold that at better than retail price in 3 weeks.

    I enjoyed this stuff! Working outside. Selling a quality item. Some of the mead came out okay. Got to bang a hammer around. So I dreamed of more. Split all 9 hives again that fall with purchased queens. I fed too little too late, weak hives were prone to wax moth and I ended up wintering 9 (go ahead and laugh).

    Well I learned about the pollination prospects after visiting with and reading about some large beekeepers around PA, MD, VA, and NC. I got hooked up with some of them, one of whom let me work some last fall with him (2 days). He'd had 4 back surgeries, needed my strong back. I helped him a lot this spring for good money (hard work) and learned a lot about bees for profit that does not get talked much about where I learn from. With his help, his corn syrup, and a queen shippers mistake, I increased to 36 hives this year.

    We had a good spring harvest and a 50 gallon fall harvest. Feeding lots to the splits we made, but some actually made a living. My wife is getting into working with bees. She actually said she imagines keeping 3 hives should I die a premature death. She also makes all my bee suits and soon to make the gantlets for my gloves.

    We have the fall crop selling well, one good store customer. We plan on a booth at the next county fair for honey sales and pollination exposure. I will continue to work for others for the learning experience, the corn syrup, and because I enjoy an honest days labor. I hope to get to a point where my bees make enough money that I can cut back on my regular job ( I am a nurse on a trauma/surgery step down unit-kind of like an ICU at a small hospital). Then pollinate a lot of cukes, melons, and maybe blueberries if the money and honey is right.

    I try to give back and market myself by talking to any groups that will hear me. My wife has spoken at a Montessori school with a swarm. We have both given a talk for 4-H this summer. We try to get everyone into a hive that wants to and love to get help extracting.

    Hope you enjoy this stuff with the same enthusiasm I have!

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    Joe Miller
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    Hi Joe,
    You probably don't want to hear this, but most of the info you asked about is out there in previous postings. Kinda like one really long conversation, with the previous stuff hanging around on the web indefinitly. Personally, I have been keeping bees for 3 years now, only half a dozen hives, but still have tons to learn.

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    Wink

    I do not have "thousands of posts" yet, but some say I can be arrogant, so I guess I'm on the right track.

    The problem with profiles is this. It's natural for some to think the more hives you have the more successful or knowledgable you are. Not all, but some. But someone like M. Bush (thousand post, and arrogant..?), who has a small fraction of hives compared to clintonbemrose, may have years more practical experience. I don't care what individual profiles are, I'll wiegh each post or contribution on its own merit. And with over a thousand members, if someone is less than straight with information, someone is going to call them on it.

    And who can say profiles given are correct. But if you must know (I also think about what others are like and ask the same questions)...I'm a 83 year old grandmother of six, have 2 hives, want to buried in a casket full of honey,......

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    About 30 years ago I wanted to move to the country and be self-sufficient. Amazingly, I discovered others were also interested. I subscribed to Mother Earth News (which was about homesteading back then, not exercise machines). I discovered that I was very good at raising things like chickens and very bad at raising a garden. But in an effort to be self-sufficient I needed a source of sugar. Both raising and processing things like sugar beets or sorghum seemed like way too much work, especially since I wasn't very good at plants, so I decided to raise bees. I had no idea at the time how interesting they were.

    So for the last 30 years I've had from 1 to 8 hives. I've raised them in town (Mitchell, Ne and Omaha, Ne) in the country (Laramie, Wy; Brighton, Co; Greenwood, Ne; Sidney, IA). And between being tired of lifting and watching my bees die from mites, I was about to cut back to just 2 hives and was going to do them horizontally, when I discovered this board.

    The small cell theory was the most interesting, but so was FGMO and Housel positioning. Suddenly I realized how much I didn't know about bees that I wanted to know. What size cells would they build on their own? How would they orient the cells? How would they winter in a horizontal hive? Could FGMO really kill mites? Could I actually run hives without chemicals again, as I had always done in the past, before the mites came? Could I wax coat PermaComb and have one-step regression to small cell?

    So now I have about 50 hives and am converting to small cell and plan to sell nucs this spring. I'm hoping to make my contribution to the survival of bees and beekeeping.

    I started posting simply because bees are so interesting to me. Before I knew it I was asked to be a moderator. (Now Guard Bee). Until recently I've only been a hobbyist and so I probably tend to see things more from that point of view. I think a commercial beekeeper has a different perspective than me.

    My general perspective over the last 30 years has been that the bees know what they are doing and I should help them do it in a way that is not detrimental to them or the success of my hives. I suppose that was the appeal of this board. Most people on here seem to share the general philosophy that beekeeping is about working with the bees and not just about manipulating them to our ends.

    I have found that the opinions here have made me reassess many of my own opinions. Often we come to our own conclusion about a method because of our success or failure with it and the failure or success was due to the weather, the time of year, the climate etc. and not because the method itself was flawed.

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    Hi nursebee,

    My father had honey bees, and I can still remember when he bought his first package. So I grew up around honey bees most of my life. All of this was before the internet, mites, small hive beatles..etc. Our hives died out in the late 80's. Dad didn't know why and we never got back into it.

    About 5 years ago the lot beside my house was being cleared, but to my suprise a tree that was being removed was home to a hive of bees. I tried to hive the bees but they would have none of it. After that I was biten by the bug and could hardly wait till the next spring to order my first package.

    My Dad was all for it and helped out by giving me his old "The Hive and The Honey Bee" book. I read the book and the bees finialy arrived. I did as the book had told me and all went well. Later that summer the hive wasn't doing well the population was going down. I must have read through that old book a dozen times to find out what was wrong with my hive.

    One day after looking through my dieing hive again I saw my first V. mite. I didn't know what it was and couldn't find anything on it in my book. I finaly had to look through a pamplet to find out what it was. Come to find out that my Dad's book was printed in 1975. I bought the check mite strips and the hive made it through the winter.

    So finding out, that I was behind on my beekeeping knowlage, I started looking. Buying books and searching the net for any help that I could. That's when I found beesource. THANK YOU BARRY!

    I didn't like putting the strips in when my hive was dieing but I felt I had no choice. When I started reading about small cell, and FGMO. I felt this sight was going in the right direction. I can not tell you how much help I receaved from the moderators and other members from this sight.

    I am a moderator/guard bee now. I do not want people to think that I know all about beekeeping. I'm still learning and will continue to learn from now on. I try and help others as I was helped. I feel that every post should be answered. I don't through whatever out there. If it comes down to it I'll look it up in a book or search for it here at beesource.I now have 23 hives. I'm a active member at my state beekeepers association, and the chairman of my local beekeeping club.

    Keep in mind that if you ask 10 beekeepers a question you will get 10 different answers. As Michael Bush said "Often we come to our own conclusion about a method because of our success or failure with it and the failure or success was due to the weather, the time of year, the climate etc. and not because the method itself was flawed."

    I have made money working with bees. I have made the most money removing bees from houses. I market my honey by word of mouth and it has worked great. I sell most or all of my honey within 30 days of harvest. I plan on haveing a booth at the next county fair to sell my honey and wax products. I sell my honey for as much as I can!

    I go out several times a year and give lectures on beekeeping. From school kids to adults it's suprising how little people know about the honey bee and how important they are to us. I think everyone should know about the honey bee, and what they do.


    I hope this covered what you wanted.


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    The first step in house breaking a dog, is letting the dog in the house.

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    Well let me see my father was a hobbyist beekeeper (his friend also kept around 40 colonies). I don't recall that he kept more than 6 hives. At the age of nine I started helping him with the bees. Reading walter kelly's book how to keep bees & sell honey (I still have it too). Ever since then I've had bees which equals around 20 years or so thus making me going on the ripe age of 30 quite soon :> ). I started with 2 packages of my "own" bees and quickly expanded over the next few years. So the majorty of the years I kept from 50 to 70 colonies. I used FGMO for 4 to 5 years while at the same time read and studied up on small cell. 5 years ago I decided to go for small cell methods only. The following year I committed to it and have used nothing other since 4 yrs later. Through this process starting with 66 colonies I now have 4 colonies and one wintering nuc which are now mostly on the 4.9 cell sizing which I just completed this year. The low numbers are actually due to a severe winter last year. I had 9 colonies come through winter and one nuc. They were rather weak (to me)so I combined keeping the strongest queens to 4 colonies and split one nuc. I had every intention of splitting all colonies but the season was poor and I had to finish culling combs so I opted to leave alone and play it safe. Thinking back I believe I made a mistake in combining the bees. Consulting with other small cell beekeepers I found out that this was normal in year 3 or 4. Once the bees go through this weak stage they grow strong and seem to develope resistence to the mites. I plan on splitting in the spring along with bringing in some small cell package bees. I will probably bring in either some russian or buckfast packages also placing on small cell bait combs. I have a particular intrest in breeding, selecting, queenrearing. For more info about my methods one can look at my website http://wave.prohosting.com/clay2720/

    Clay

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    Big Grin

    Hello,
    We got started just in July. Long story short,I rtired 3 yrs ago from ulility co in Ca, hubby has trucking company team drove together hauling bees around the county last 6 yrs or so. Hubby will be retiring in Jan, still need income. He farmed/feed lot/raised cattle in Ne. We have our 1st 200 colonies, and next month will be getting 800 more.AND yes, I have a lot to learn, but you guys are the greatest, always a help, and do not look at me like I'm stupid. A year from now, I will say Boy was I dumb!!!! Thanks again for all the great advise here.

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    I'm probably arrogant generally but I try to hide it. I'm a retired psychologist that has done many things, all self employed. Today I have 15 hives of bees. I started with 20 nucs this Apr/May. (Nucs were late this year.)Lost 4 to AFB and 1 to a queen death when it was too late to requeen. I had 4/5 hives when I was 15 or so And I just got back into it and this is my 2nd winter.(I'm 70 this month). The number of hives relating to knowledge is not always a bad calculation. I started with 8 and lost all the 1st winter. (Better people than I did that, here in the Northeast)Between them and my big start this year I got the experience it would take years to get with 1 or 2 hives. Especially since I wasn't lucky. I spend a couple of hours a day reading about bees on this list and other sites and in my library. We have 3 bee authors in my beekeeping club including the man who wrote "Beekeeping for dummies". Next week we will host Jim Tew, and have 1 heavyweight each month for a lecture. I know a lot but rarely give advice. If I do, I quote someone wiser. The guys and girls on this list know a lot and I love them for giving of their time. You got me started.

    Dick Marron

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    Married 11 years. Wife is Danish, named Ida, and is an RN. She's 39, and I'm one day younger. Have a 3 month old daughter. Four cats named, Katie, Big Boy, Misty, and Kalli. Love gardening, hunting, skiing, camping (primitive of course), and of course beekeeping. Love getting my jeep dirty.
    Spent 9 years in the Air Force, specializing in Satellite communications. (Many things most would not believe.) Another 2-1/2 in the gaurd. I have a real estate liscense, and an insurance liscense....and hate both.

    I have kept bees for 6 years and last year decided to build up to a full time hobby. This year I went from 50 to 225, give or take a couple. Currently building and painting to add another 300 this April. Became interested in bees after spending the day at Longwood gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. They had put on a show on bees and was hooked. Also have an auctioneers liscense to augment the beekeeping. Currently building an auction house, but will definetly go all bees if things play out for me.

    I love to joke but am a stickler for doing things correct. I am very opinionated and love a good battle of wits. Love to rub people to see their reactions. You can learn alot about people this way.
    I think socialism sucks, liberals suck, and Clinton sucks. I am a diehard republican, but not a religous right fanatic. They suck also. But love people, whoever they are as long as they are passionate, know what they are talking about, and stand up for their convictions. I believe in black and white, and hate the gray areas of life. I believe your either for something or against it. That or just to ignorant to decide.

    My current hobby is to wait until a new post is listed and see if I can beat M. Bush to be the first to post an response.

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    Hey all,
    I'm a soldier and very passionate about it. I believe in Duty, Honor, Loyalty and Family (the order is no indication of priorty, all apply to everything). I also think many things "suck", however I pick and choose my battles and don't worry about those things I can't change. I have no hives yet but I have been reading for almost a year and plan to start in the spring (a promise I made to my wife). I don't think anyone on this site is arrogant I welcome any advice however I can get it.
    I refuse to use chemicles and am not concearned with making money from honey. My goal is to experiment and hope to contribute to the betterment of bees and bee keeping. I will not comment on what I don't know however there have been some questions biology related that I will comment on.
    My Bio:
    I'm 40 married to a beautiful German (Sylvia) 1.5 kids Michelle 2 yrs and Antony 6 mos. I'm a staff sergeant with 11 years in the Army military police corps. Life experiences; college many years studies include nursing, criminal justice, business. Joined the Army 1n 93 been to Korea, Germany and deployed to Bosnia. worked as a dog handler and customs agent. Trying to jump on the next Iraq deployment.
    Goals:
    1 Stay alive to retirement.
    2 If the bee thing works for me I will retire in 9 years and then maybe I'll think about money.

    How is this Bee related...not much, but at least now when I post you know where I'm comming from!

    Thanks Mike and all for the great advice this truly is the best place to learn!

    MIKI
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    If things work


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    I have only been beekeeping for about three yrs. and I do it because I wanted a better garden and after a few years of not seeing any bees I decided I need to find out why! It started there. I have a great group of local beekeepers who answer all my question and help me when I call with my concerns. I joined here to learn more and about different views of handling things like pest and diease.. Hope you learn as much as I have!

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    Well, I don't like to talk about myself too much but I'm feeling the pressure to say a few things....

    By nature I am an inventor and I love to solve problems and do experiments. I'm a diehard advocate. I pick my challenges with the guidance of my higher power. I am not religious, but a spiritual person.

    I am a Libertarian.
    http://www.lp.org/organization/
    http://www.libertarian.org/

    I am a CO...
    http://www.nisbco.org/

    I am a deist, generally speaking, in my philosophical and spiritual beliefs....
    http://www.sullivan-county.com/deism.htm

    I have many mentors that has influenced me over the years, one being Thomas Paine.

    I love researching metaphysics and the psudo sciences.

    I've had the fortune to live in many places including Germany for a couple of years and was able to do some traveling there. I love to travel and visit historical areas and museums etc. I like to study the origens of things.

    My husband is retired Navy Cheif Hospital Corpsman and now is a nurse. He's from Alabama and I'm from NC. We live in Kansas. I have too many interests and hobbies to list. I love muscle cars and motorcycles and music. I can drive anything from a horse to a semi truck. I love hound dogs. Blood hound and bassets. I would like to breed bassets for sale.

    We have a mini farm on 15 acres. I have four hives as of this date that are thriving and in good shape for winter. I used essential oils for control of mites. Going into my third year. Like Micheal, I love to study about self sufficiency. (sp) I've been reading Mother Earth Mag since early 70's.

    I like to shoot the breeze on in the chat room as often as I can... Anyone who would like to sharpen their typing skills while learning and having fun, visit the chat room.

    I tease and have a dry sense of humor.



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    Greetings . . .

    Here is an example of "character".

    In the process of asking a question, an error in judgement has been expressed. That error could be considered an insult.

    But those of whom could have been offended, came forward without malice, and offered an honest reply to the question.

    If this is typical of people who keep bees, I hope someday, to be able to also say, "I'M A BEEKEEPER, TOO!"

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    I have had bees since 1970. As many as 60 in the early eighties, down to one due to mites in '97, up to about thirty now. Keep bees primarily in residential areas south of San Francisco where bees fly almost every day, and the eucalyptus flow starts in October. Easy beekeeping here, often have 400 pound hives with a 100-150 lb. average. Swarming is a problem due to the long flow and honey clogging of the brood chambers.

    My bible of beekeeping is "Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey" by Brother Adam. I run 11 1/4" deep brood frames, some 9 1/8", and use mediums for honey supers with both eight and nine frame spacing. I have twelve 12 frame Dadant Jumbo hives as per Brother Adam, and the square supers to go with them, all homemade in 1979 after visiting Brother Adam in England. I have Buckfast, All American, Harbo, and feral bees. I started two small cell colonies from feral swarms this year, the one that drew god small cell died out. The other is very strong. I use Apistan in dwindling colonies. I run strong ones with no meds.

    I sell most of my honey wholesale and some out of my home. I make a few Ross Rounds, that don't sell well here. My project last winter was making sixteen hives on screened bottom pallets mounted to a flatbed that can be moved by a hooklift truck.

    I like Clinton, liberals, think Bush Sucks, and have never seen any proof that a God exists. I feel religions create most of the political and war problems in the world. I was a CO during the Vietnam War, and still am. I have kept bees for 33 years, lived in the same house for 31 years, been a landscaper for 32 years, and a landscape contractor for 30 years.

    I have MS, and will quit keeping bees when that finally gets me, or the Killer bees arrive, which will probably come first, and possibly soon.

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    I had bees in the late 70s and started back about two years ago. Now have 15 hives. People are different. Some people can dive off into a hobby such as beekeeping and the first year have 100 hives , others could never manage 10. Time helps but drive is more important. We have invested about 3000 dollars and have put back 1300 at this time. Most of you who have read my post can probably "see me" . My english and typing skills are poor. This forum is helping both. Believe it or not I am an Eagle scout, Graduate of U of H , Master electrician, Advanced class Ham operator, and most important a good husband and father. THE FIRST THING THEY TOLD ME WHEN I BECAME A HAM OPERATOR IN 1977 WAS DON'T TALK ABOUT RELIGION AND POLITICS. This might be good advice for bee forums too!!!! But being from TEXAS and not being able to keep my mouth shut I often talk of both. Started out 80% Democrat in 77 now I am 100% conservative. I do still vote for one democrat and he is pro gun, We all have our litmus test now don't we. He did not run to New Mexico either!!! I dont care what others {even Clinton} do as long as they dont mess with me, my family, my freedom, my guns[see freedom], my TEXAS, my way of life. Give it all away just dont ask me to pay for it. I have always belived in god but the day I watched my daughter come into this life and I looked into her eyes and as she grabbed my finger and as I talked to her she calmed; I knew this was not of this earth and not by my hand alone. It is no accident that we are here. All this b. s. being said and done I would be glad to split a six pack with any of you and talk bees...

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    April this year my 1st package of all-american bees arrived. so far we have taken 60lbs of honey and they have 2 brood chambers and 3 full supers , adding another super this week,golden rod everywhere.
    I am 42 married for the 1st time 5 years ago,wife 31 same for her, no kids.
    Grew up in oklahoma moved to south texas 15 years ago. I started a business in brownsville texas ,aircraft repair maintence ect.. 9/11/01 happened and went from 11 employees to 2 now. One of the toughest task was to have to lay off these employees/friends not because of the monetary side it was a guilty feeling like i failed these people.

    We live on south padre island texas my hive is in the back yard,dont let it get out im trying to keep it a secret. My loves are My wife, my Jaguar Cars any thing mechanical, being outside, surfing big waves ,not here unless a storm in the gulf,just having fun and enjoying life.
    My dislikes are Big corperations ,loud stereos, trash, femanazis, bleeding heart liberals, people who think the gov owes them something, people who pay with food stamps and then load them in a new truck, excuses for their actions.
    Our plan now is to sell the house and get off this sand bar move out to central west texas to the middle o no where.and try to have as may hives as i can manage, I KNOW im a novice but all things are shiny when new.
    Ive have learned so much from this board and enjoy all the Q/A from this dedicated group of people
    Mal ,the bug lover

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    Dave W.
    Good point. I was hazily aware of what you saw clearly.

    Coyote: "Obsessive compulsion", and "Monomania" come to mind to describe zealous beekeepers. The compulsion thing is doing the same thing repetitively and it keeps you from blowing up. Like putting frames and foundation together, in the winter.(Or the bees doing the "washboard" thing) "Monomania" might be when someone says "Good morning" and you start talking about bees. Or some one calls you "Honey" at a party and you start to filibuster about it's health benefits. I'm going to mine this thread for people to visit on my RV trip next summer.

    Dickm

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    Hi,
    My name is Kai Richardson. I'm 35, married, and expecting my first voodoo chile (a boy) on December 19th. I figured that I wouldn't be busy enough with a newborn and needed to start a new hobby. I've been reading voraciously everything I can get my hands on and slowly collecting equipment to get ready to start 2 hives in the spring. I have been fortunate enough to live near some very experienced master beekeepers and they have given me enormous amounts of advice.

    I live in Maryland, which is one of the worst states for honey production, and have lived here most of my life. I became fascinated with beekeeping when I happened on a website about Steve Vai, who is a very famous rock guitarist. He described in detail about his own beekeeping hobby and I was intrigued.

    My other hobbies are playing guitar, and playing "mud", which is an all text D&D style adventure game played online by thousands of people. I work for IBM doing IT consulting. Yes, I am basically a geek, but with a strong love for the outdoors. My current goal is to find rewarding work that is less sitting in front of a computer all day and more working outdoors. If the bee hobby works out, I'll direct my efforts towards that.

    Kai

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    All my adult life I wanted to keep either chickens or bees. Chickens look great and make those wonderful sounds (yes, even the rooster down the road from us!) But I never had anywhere to keep them

    Bees, on the other hand, don't take much space and are much easier to care for than a flock of 6 pound birds. Every time I saw a film on TV about beekeeping I would be fascinated. I dunno, it's hard to describe.

    It wasn't until this spring that my husband started really urging me to get started on that beekeeping. "If you don't do it now, you never will."

    So here I am, two nucs last spring sitting right outside my dining room window where I can watch them while I eat breakfast, and my husband talking about "me" getting two more next year.

    I'm happy with my two hives. I still haven't gotten tired of watching or tending to them. I haven't even *thought* about getting honey from them. I'm just glad to have them around

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