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  1. #1
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    Default Another Introduction

    Hi,

    My name is Bill, and, like many (most?) who post to this forum, I am addicted to keeping bees (but I am just a hobbyist). Started in '96 with one DE hive after I moved to New Hampshire the year before and noticed a lack of bees on my various berry bushes. Dimly recalling hearing about dying bees, I read up on tracheal mites, varroa mites and all the other problems facing beedom and decided to start a hive to a) hopefully add some bees back into the local environment, and b) satisfy a childhood desire to raise bees that took root after reading the back pages of my parents' Burpee catalog. One hive lead to two led to three and eventually to the six I now keep. I loved the DE hive concept, but eventually moved over to traditional hive bodies because 1) I wanted to try Pierco plastic foundation (love it), which does not fit in a DE hive body, and 2) I was concerned that, should Dave exit the business, I would be left with no woodenware source.

    At the moment I have six main hives – two New World Carniolan, two Buckfast and two Russian. I also have six nucs of Minnesota Hybrids that I just started (using the 5-frame polystyrene nucs from BetterBee), and that I hope to overwinter. More on why in another post.

    Could go on, since my beekeeping story reads like a Russian novel (e.g. bear attacks, AFB, extreme bouts of human stupidity (my own), etc.), but will keep this intro reasonably brief. After 12 years I still feel I am barely beyond the rank amateur stage. So that’s it for now, except to say that this forum has been a great source of information, and in time I hope to be able to contribute something back. Thanks to everyone, who takes the time to share their experience and knowledge. It's really the Internet at its finest.

    Thanks for reading.

    Bill

    I get stung, therefore I be

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    Welcome aboard the forum Bill and yes, I think Most of us here are compulsive obsessive adicts for the bees!

    Sounds like you've got a wonderful collection of genetic strains going there, I think that's a good thing and am working on it here myself.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    howdy bill...

    I suggest you read, learn and try to stay out of the tailgater section (unless of course you have reams of time to waste like any number of us old guys).

    where abouts in nh is claremont (I sometimes visit family in sw new hampshire)?

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    Hi Bill. No addict here. Only 15 hours a day. The wife and kids won't allow me to do more. So I keep it part-time for now.....

    I get stung, therefore I hurt....

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    Welcome Bill. Claremont is a nice area. Good luck and let us know if you need anything.

    BjornBee....I'm glad you cut your hours back. I was getting worried about you
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    bnatural...
    What's a DE hive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peletier View Post
    bnatural...
    What's a DE hive?
    I think this is what they are talking about, follow the link and take a look:
    http://www.beeworks.com/d_e_hive.html

  8. #8
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    Default Finally back

    Sorry for the delayed response, but just got back from another road trip (I run a consulting company I started three years ago that helps medical device companies get through the FDA, European and Canadian regulatory processes).

    tecumseh, I am about a third of the way up the west side of the state on the Connecticut River (not literally on the river, but I can see it from my house as well as the Socialist State of Vermont just beyond). Is your family in the Keene area? I’m about a half an hour due north of Keene.

    BjornBee, have checked out your website and not sure 15 hours is enough time to get all that done. Also, I could modify my tag to more properly state my reaction: “I get stung, therefore I yell”

    peletier, Jeffzhear is right with that link. Dave’s hives are very well ventilated, thanks to the vent box and the vented telescoping lid. In fact, I still use them on my standard hives. I think the frames might be ‘National’ dimensions? Not sure, though.

    Thanks for the warm welcome, folks.

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    bnatural -
    Hello and welcome!
    I attended your state meeting 2 springs ago (drove through a blizzard to see Kirk Webster). It was great.
    Welcome you to come on up to Maine sometime, either for our annual meeting in April or one of the club meetings.
    Check out our website, www.mainebeekeepers.org for details on clubs and meetings.
    We always welcome those "from away" as long as they are from Northern New England or Canada!
    -Erin
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    Howdy Bill,
    Glad to have you aboard...I am bee crazy myself. I read a lot and enjoy the comments and helpful advice here on BeeSource. Best wishes to you!
    "My child, eat honey, for it is good." (Proverbs 24:13)

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    Default Kirk Webster

    Ok what is Kirk Webster's web page please. Thanks Tony

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    Default Howdy Biilly

    Welcome to to forum. If you happen to visit SC in September I can show you the Fart Blossoms in full bloom!

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    hey bnatural, i think you would like tailgater. with all the medical companies we have in this area, if you ever come down stop by mayberry and i'll treat you to snappy's lunch
    "Any fool can learn, the trick is to understand - Einstein"

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    bnatural writes:
    Is your family in the Keene area? I’m about a half an hour due north of Keene.

    tecumeh: no they are located in Warner, NH. Nice country... although good places to set down bees would appear to be few and far between.

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