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  1. #1
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    Thumbs Up Wisconsin NewBee

    My wife and I are just starting with Honey Bees. We have our suits. smoker, hives, etc. and are waiting for our packages to arrive.
    We are starting Carniolans and may try adding VSH, Russians or both next year.
    A little about us. I am an electrician by day. At night I become a farmer tending 4 acres of apple and pear trees, 1/2+ acre of Red Raspberries, a few rows of Currants and Goosberries, 30+ PawPaw trees, assorted Peach, Cherry, Persimmon, Quince and a few nut trees for good measure. My wife looks after 3 three year old kids during the day and me at night.
    We're getting into bees mostly for the pollinating but also looking forward to being able to offer honey for sale as well.

  2. #2
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    Devils Lake, North Dakota
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    Welcome!! I raise a few apples as well (only 300 trees so far)
    I'll have to tap you for info on orchard questions.

  3. #3
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    Dane County, WI.
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    Hey! Apple Farmer from Wisconsin--welcome! My family had an apple orchard too; with bees. 3 three year old kids; are they 'triplets'!!?

  4. #4
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    Thanks to all for the welcome.
    Sundance, it's nice to have someone with more than one thing in common to talk to!
    Oldbee, No triplets. One boy (a friends grandson) and twin girls (our nieces).

  5. #5
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    Washington Island, Wi
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    Hi Apple Farmer

    Welcome to beesource and beekeeping. Having more beekeepers is always a good thing - especially one from Wisconsin!

    Good Luck,

    Jesse
    Change is inevitable, Growth is optional

  6. #6
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    Pigeon Falls, WI
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    Welcome fellow WI beekeeper. Sounds like your bees will have a happy location. Best of luck!

  7. #7
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    Thanks for the welcome Jesse. Sorry but I have to ask...do to your location do your bees have to have boating skills?

  8. #8
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    Nov 2004
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    Owen, WI, USA
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    Hello Apple Farmer
    I just wanted to send another Wisconsin welcome. Bees are so addicting you might find them becoming the main focus before the fruit trees.
    Sheri

  9. #9
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    Hillsboro, Wisconsin, USA
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    A warm Wisconsin welcome from the other side of the state, Apple Farmer. We have about four acres of apple trees too. And Sheri is right - bees are soooo addicting!


    MM

  10. #10
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    Washington Island, Wi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apple Farmer View Post
    Thanks for the welcome Jesse. Sorry but I have to ask...do to your location do your bees have to have boating skills?
    Me, maybe............ not so much for the bees. I want them to stay on this side of the pond and not pick up any of those "county" genetics
    Change is inevitable, Growth is optional

  11. #11
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    Racine, Wisconsin, USA
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    Default Thanks Everone

    Thanks again from the southeast corner of the state to all of you.

    Looks like I've fallen in with with a group of addicts mom wouldn't have minded me hanging out with It's good to see that some of us have multiple addictions in common

    Sure wish my bees would get here looking at empty hives get's pretty frustrating

  12. #12
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    Kiel WI, USA
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    Welcome!

  13. #13
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    Jul 2004
    Location
    Beverly, Mass
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    Default Apple blossom Honey

    I was wondering what Apple Blossom honey is like? I have a few
    hives in NH near a orchard and never kept track, just extracted
    everything in july.

  14. #14
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    Racine, Wisconsin, USA
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    mobees, I hope I can tell you what Apple Blossom Honey tastes like in about a month!
    I just had a "learning experiance" with one of my hives (laying workers, no queen). I posted another thead minutes ago hoping for some ideas.
    "Can't never did do nothin'" Grandma Heltsley

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