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Thread: Hello from Iowa

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    North Liberty, Iowa, USA
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    Default Hello from Iowa

    My wife, Kathy, and I started this "hobby" this spring. We bought kits for two full hives but only started one, in case it just didn't click with us. So far, so good, though. We have a good location in east central Iowa. Lots of water, fields with prairies forest as well as pasture, many flowering plants. So we're hopefull it will be productive as well as fun.
    We have a lot to learn and hope to learn a lot here. Hello to all.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Sawyer, Michigan, USA
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    Welcome if you have the equipment for two hives use it. The advantage is if one hive gets in trouble you can help it with the other. Im originally from Maquoketa, is that anywhere near North Liberty?
    The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    North Liberty, Iowa, USA
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    Default Maquoketa

    Hello, and thanks. First, yes, Maquoketa is a bit NE of here. We are located between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, on a little over 3 acres with forest and horse pasture mostly around us.
    I agree we probably should have gone with two hives. I have a second set built. Is it too late to start it now? I don't know if I can get a queen locally. It is an easy drive down to the Dadant business in Illinois to get more hive bodies, frames etc.

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