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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Portland, Maine, USA
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    7

    Default Hello from Maine

    Hello all,
    I've been quietly enjoying the forum for a few months now. I've recently become quite enamored with bees, and I expect I'll have a bunch of questions in the near future. I figured I'd introduce myself and say "hi" before flooding the board with posts. Hi!

    Several years ago, I bought a hive setup (2-deep Lang) and placed an order for a package. The package didn't come. I lost interest and forgot about my equipment. It remained painted, wrapped, and stored for 6 years.

    This spring (May 17), I spotted a swarm (most likely from one of three nearby small apiaries). I was able to capture it, hive it, and not kill them. They've been a little slow to build up and draw out comb. But, they're alive, healthy, trucking in pollen, sucking down the syrup, building comb, and propolising like no tomorrow- I'm happy.

    Thanks!
    Chris

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Brown County, IN
    Posts
    2,025

    Default Re: Hello from Maine

    Hello and Welcome!

    This forum is a great place to learn more about bees & beekeeping. I'm sure you'll find it a very useful resource.

    Have you found a local beekeeping club? Clubs are great for finding mentors and getting connected to local beekeepers:
    http://mainebeekeepers.org/chapters/index.html

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Windham, Maine
    Posts
    102

    Default Re: Hello from Maine

    Welcome Chris!
    Might want to check out the Cumberland County Beekeepers. I think you can get to them from the link posted above.
    Good Luck!
    Mark

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Greensboro, North Carolina
    Posts
    2,720

    Default Re: Hello from Maine

    Welcome to the site!

    Capturing a swarm is a very fun and rewarding way to start. Enjoy!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
    Posts
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    Default Re: Hello from Maine

    Welcome Chris, free best are the best! They will get it done before Winter sets in.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Pownal, Maine, USA
    Posts
    151

    Default Re: Hello from Maine

    Welcome, Chris. Nice to see yet another Mainer here. I've found this site to be a great resource, with plenty of wisdom from which to draw. See you around!
    Cindy
    Don't be afraid your life will end. Be afraid that it will never begin.

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