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  1. #21
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    The other problem is that too many people are not interested in keeping the art going and are only in it to make money. I'll admit that in ignorance I bought my first kit from beecommerce.com (hangs head). That was almost enough to keep me from doing it in the first place. People like that are killing the art. I'm working on living through my shame at ordering from them [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Central IL... where there are more hogs than people and more soybeans than hogs and people put together.

  2. #22
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    Yeah I became interested in beekeeping when I was 17 after reading "Beekeeping for Dummies". I would have bought from his website (gasp) but my grandfather already had everything I needed to get started. I'm 19 now, btw.
    -Scotty<br /><br />Weekly progress of my hive(s) & much more: <a href=\"http://www.total-x.org\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.total-x.org</a>

  3. #23
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    I got started last year at the age of 39 for the purpose of helping apple production. After attending meetings at a local club and getting HOOKED on bees, now the apple trees are a lot more trouble than the bees are.
    It may turn out to be the other way around,the apple blooms for the bees.
    Henry

  4. #24
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    Well, I'm under 40. Barely. And given my enthusiasm over the last year or so, I think beekeeping is stuck with me for a while to come.
    Why the prejudice against beecommerce? I've never bought from them, and consider their prices pretty high, but haven't heard anything bad about them.
    Lesli<br /> <a href=\"http://beeyard.blogspot.com/\" target=\"_blank\">http://beeyard.blogspot.com/</a>

  5. #25
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    Well, I'm glad for all the young people and wish there were more. I got interested in beekeeping and started reading books and magazines on beekeeping when I was 18 and started beekeeping when I was 20.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  6. #26
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    Apr 2004
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    &gt;I am eagerly awaiting the 4.9 SC fully drawn plastic due out this spring.

    Bullseye Bill -- Do you know when and where this will be available?

  7. #27
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    Unless a kid lives in a rural area, or family members have rural interests, I don't know how kids would get into it, or even know about it.

    I don't have kids, but a prof up at the Cornell vet schools told me that the student body has changed enormously over the years. It used to be farm kids who already had a practical and beyond knowledge of animal husbandry. Now, he says, some students come in thinking a cow gives milk because it's a cow and that's what cows do.

    In the US, anyway, there does seem to be a real disconnect from the land.
    Lesli<br /> <a href=\"http://beeyard.blogspot.com/\" target=\"_blank\">http://beeyard.blogspot.com/</a>

  8. #28
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    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  9. #29
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    Apr 2004
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    I prefer the all plastic black pierco frames for my brood chamber and the ritecell (Mann Lake) for my honey supers. My bees have drawn both out very well. Just sprayed or dipped them with sugar syrup before putting them on the hives.

    I started beekeeping with my Dad at the age of 12. Took a hiatus during and after college and got back into them again last year at the age of 30. I figure I still have a good 30-40+ years of beekeeping ahead of me and plan to enjoy them all.

    Dan
    Dan Williamson
    B&C Honey Farm http://www.flickr.com/photos/9848229@N05/

  10. #30
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    Nov 2004
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    wills point,tx,usa
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    i prefer wood/snap in plastic. i've had problems w/ all plastic warping, cracking and glueing the bottom bar to the top bar under it; and have heard of problems w/ shb hiding in the voids aroud the sides and top.

  11. #31
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    Jun 2003
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    my favorite is the duraguilt i want to work on a way to make it in 4.9 no wireing lol. you guys are right i started when i was 12 (im 15 now) there is no way we would have any hives now if it weren't for the hlep of a couple diferant beekeepers. last year we started 4.9 almost got 8 hives on it they are about 5.0 hate wireing though. Nick

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