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  1. #1
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    Default Greetings from North Alabama

    I am in the process of setting up my first two hives in the Limestone county area of N. Alabama. I am finishing up the prep work on my hive bodies and frames, and I will be getting two nucs from a local beekeeper this week.

    Rick

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    Default Re: Greetings from North Alabama

    Welcome!! This is a great resource and a great
    group of folks that make for the best knowledge
    base going.... it gets better with every new member.

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    Default Re: Greetings from North Alabama

    Howdy Neighbor!
    Welcome. This is a great place for info and questions. Have you checked out the Limestone County Beekeepers Association yet? Bunch of great people over there. http://www.k4vb.com/Regional%20Associations/LCBA.htm
    Rohe Bee Ranch "Free Range Bees"
    http://www.rohebeeranch.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rohe Bee Ranch View Post
    Howdy Neighbor!
    Welcome. This is a great place for info and questions. Have you checked out the Limestone County Beekeepers Association yet? Bunch of great people over there. http://www.k4vb.com/Regional%20Associations/LCBA.htm
    Hello and thanks for the welcome.

    Yes, I've heard about the LCBA, and I plan on joining. In fact I'm getting my nucs from the current VP of the LCBA.

    I have already joined the Madison County Beekeepers Assocs., and I attended the beekeeping class taught by Bob Fanning, the owner of the www.k4vb.com web site.

    Everyone I've encountered in the beekeeping community so far has gone out of their way to be helpful.

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    Hello from Shelby County! This is a great forum for info and advice.....lots of knowledgeable folks on here!

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    Default Re: Greetings from North Alabama

    Welcome, happy beekeeping!

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    Jefferson county checking in. I just got my shipment of unassembled hive bodies and supers today. Hopefully, I'll have bees in them very soon!

    Be well
    -UF

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickR View Post
    Hello and thanks for the welcome.

    Yes, I've heard about the LCBA, and I plan on joining. In fact I'm getting my nucs from the current VP of the LCBA.

    I have already joined the Madison County Beekeepers Assocs., and I attended the beekeeping class taught by Bob Fanning, the owner of the www.k4vb.com web site.

    Everyone I've encountered in the beekeeping community so far has gone out of their way to be helpful.

    Fantastic! Bob does a great job with those classes. Check out the Madison County Beekeepers Association web site also. www.alabees.com
    Rohe Bee Ranch "Free Range Bees"
    http://www.rohebeeranch.com

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    Default Re: Greetings from North Alabama

    welcome
    A government large enough to provide everything you need is strong enough to take everything you have. T. Jefferson

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncleflip View Post
    Jefferson county checking in. I just got my shipment of unassembled hive bodies and supers today. Hopefully, I'll have bees in them very soon!

    Be well
    -UF
    Good for you, Jeffco! You'll have a lot of fun assembling, waterproofing, and generally prepping for your bees.....then it gets even better! Me? I just finished priming 4 new hives, after swearing I was not going to increase my number of hives....the bees had different ideas, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markmaster View Post
    You'll have a lot of fun assembling, waterproofing, and generally prepping for your bees.....then it gets even better!
    The fun started this morning just after 2am. Soon as I got home from the pub across the street, I decided just for fun, I'd tack together a medium super before going to bed. About 2:30, I decided the other tenants in my apartment block might not like me hammering away in the middle of the night on the third floor. A few hours of sleep later, and I got out on our back steps to enjoy the mid-day sun as I finished the rest. I'll paint this weekend. (I got the funny idea to paint the names of the supers on them: man, bowl, star, natural, califragilisticexpialidocious, etc.... Yes, I am a silly person.)

    Be well
    -UF

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncleflip View Post
    The fun started this morning just after 2am. Soon as I got home from the pub across the street, I decided just for fun, I'd tack together a medium super before going to bed. About 2:30, I decided the other tenants in my apartment block might not like me hammering away in the middle of the night on the third floor. A few hours of sleep later, and I got out on our back steps to enjoy the mid-day sun as I finished the rest. I'll paint this weekend. (I got the funny idea to paint the names of the supers on them: man, bowl, star, natural, califragilisticexpialidocious, etc.... Yes, I am a silly person.)

    Be well
    -UF
    Yeah, well...Southside does have a way of making people a bit giddy. I grew up there, didn't move away until I was 27, and am still "a silly person" in many ways. My oldest son, who helps me with my hives, works at Cloud Nine and lives in Southside; my daughter and her husband are in a loft on MOrris Avenue. Southside gets in the blood, brother.....and - thankfully - there is no known cure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markmaster View Post
    Yeah, well...Southside does have a way of making people a bit giddy. I grew up there, didn't move away until I was 27, and am still "a silly person" in many ways. My oldest son, who helps me with my hives, works at Cloud Nine and lives in Southside; my daughter and her husband are in a loft on MOrris Avenue. Southside gets in the blood, brother.....and - thankfully - there is no known cure.
    Oh, I was very much a silly person before I moved to 5 Points South (when I was 33), so I fit right in! I think it came from growing up with a forensic psychologist for a father, and a mother who worked at a mental health center. Getting involved in Tuscaloosa's music scene didn't help; there were lots of odd folks there. To top it off, I'm a geek, and we tend to be VERY easily amused.

    How could I live in the shadow of the world's largest pair of cast-iron buttocks without being easily amused?

    Be well
    -UF

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    Default Re: Greetings from North Alabama

    Out of curiosity: where are you planning to place your hives? I know that Southside is blessed with what we called (although I don't actually know if they are) cherry laurel trees and there are many ornamental plantings, unused lots covered in dandelion and other flowering weeds, so there's plenty of forage for your girls; my curiosity is more directed at hive placement. Will your apartment complex allow you to keep the hive there (on a terrace or rooftop, perhaps)? Are there regulations in the city code concerning beekeeping (some cities ban it, some restrict it, some don't regulate it at all)? And - vital consideration, here - have you arranged for one of the micro-breweries to make mead from your harvest?

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    Default Re: Greetings from North Alabama

    I'm making the mead myself. (That's what got me into this. I've been making mead for about a year now- 1 of 4 batches is now in the bottle.)

    The bees will reside at a house just over the mountain in Homewood. (the girls will live in the shadow of Vulcan's ample bum.) There's a lovely little side-yard that has the right combination of sun, shade, water source, etc... There are extensive gardens nearby (flowers, veggies, etc.), so I doubt the girls go hungry.

    Be well
    -UF

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    Default Re: Greetings from North Alabama

    Sounds like a good setup! Urban beeking interests me because of the challenges it presents (pollutants, lawn chemicals, intolerant neighbors, civic restrictions, etc.) and the obvious need to get natural pollinators back into action inside the urban jungle. I correspond with a young NYC couple who have 2 hives on their apartment roof - evidently, there was once a pigeon roost up there, so they took over the space. They say that the honey they get is sweet and clear, with no more than a manageable loss of bees over the winter. Best of luck with your hives!

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    Default Re: Greetings from North Alabama

    Interesting. I think it was just last week or week before, that NYC legalized beekeeping. Before, they had been classified in the same group with venomous or dangerous animals. There were lots of 'undergound' rooftop beekeepers before that.

    I'm relieved to know the NYC honey does not taste like a subway station floor.

    Be well
    -UF

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