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.
I get stung, therefore I be