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  1. #1
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    Default hi from wisconsin

    I am interested in beekeeping for another hobby, from Kaukauna, WI. We have a few pet goats and rabbits am a huge gardener and heat our home with soalr hot water.

    thanks for all the future help

    Gary

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Gary, welcome. There is lots of reading to be had here. I would start with a book from the library, and a search for a local bee club. Yet hands down there is no place like bee source for info and heated discussions to keep the winter cold out.

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Welcome to Beesource.
    Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Hello and Welcome!

    I'm sure you'll find this forum to be a good place to learn more about bees & beekeeping. Be sure to check out the "How to Start Beekeeping" sub-forum: it contains many useful suggestions covering the basics.

    Also, as Adrian suggested, check your local library for books & videos, and definitely look into a local club:
    http://www.wihoney.com/LocalBeeClubs.html
    Clubs are great places to find mentors and get connected to nearby beekeepers.

    Lastly, besides here at Beesource, there are many excellent sites on the Internet. Here are two of my favorites:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm Beekeeping Naturally

    http://www.basicbeekeeping.blogspot.com/ (over 80 lessons, on right side of page, scroll down).

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Welcome Gary, I am sure you will add a solar wax melter to your inventory in a year or two. I am Gary too!

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Welcome Gary!

    The club closest to you would be in Brown County. They will probably be having a seminar in February. Check out their website online. Outagamie County does not have a beekeepers club.

    Were you thinking about Lang equipment or top bar? You are in the country, I take it?

  7. #7
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    Big Grin Re: hi from wisconsin

    Thanks everyone, I am going to go with lang.

    I think I will get starting eq, from Lapp since they are only an hr drive away.

    yes out in the country between Kaukauna and Freedom on 10 acres.

    Just took a nice introductry class at Apleton memorial gardens this last saturday, it was very good.

    thanks
    Gary

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Welcome, Gary.
    Another Wisconsin beek! Yeaahhh!
    Sheri
    PS I wonder what state has the most registered members?

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Gary,

    How did you hear about the intro. class at Appleton? Sounds interesting. Who sponsored it? If you hear about any beekeeping classes offered in NE Wisconsin, let me know.

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    I saw it in the paper, will post if I see anything else. Maybe contact the brown county beekeeper association and see if they put any on.

    thanks
    gary

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    bee bliss

    I found a class in Kenosha in feb, so it's not close

    http://www.wihoney.com/Education.html

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Welcome! As member of the Sconnie diaspora, let me say GO PACK . Had a buddy in College from your neck... always made some wicked soup.
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Welcome Gary!

    You are welcome also to head up here (2 hours) in the spring and you can actually work some bees. And the northern beekeepers here on Beesource are a wonderful resource. Read everything!

    Mabe
    Buy locally, buy only humanely raised animals, eat in season, keep bees!

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    thanks
    gary

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Per the Brown County (Green bay) Beekeepers Assoc.......

    There is a beekeeping seminar being held this Saturday, February 12th at the Brown County UW-Extension located at 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay. Registration period is from 8 - 9 am. Class begins at 9 am. Registration fee is $30.00.
    ------------------------

    Subj: Beekeeping Seminar

    February 12, 2011

    9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Introduction of Instructors and History of Our Organization

    Main Objectives
    Take as much info as you can, but do not info overload.

    A Brief History Of Beekeeping
    What species came here and when.

    Characteristics of the different bee races.
    Advantages
    Disadvantages

    Colony Activities
    Inside Activities
    Division of Labor
    Tending to The Queen and Brood
    Food Exchange, Handling and Hive Odor
    Ventilation
    Outside Activities
    Foraging and Communication

    Beekeeping Equipment
    Basic Hive Parts
    Clothing
    Hardware

    Obtaining and Preparing For Bees
    Packages and Release Methods
    Apiary Location
    Record Keeping

    Seasonal Management
    Swarm Control
    Examining and reading the frames
    Marking the queen

    Queen Rearing and Management
    Spring Re-queening
    Summer/Fall Re-queening
    Grafting Methods
    Non-grafting Methods

    Products Of A Colony
    Honey Terms
    Honey Varietals
    Health Benefits
    Honey Standards
    Packaging and Selling Honey

    Guest Speaker: Mr. Larry Schneider
    Background: Agriculture Teacher
    Professional Beekeeper - 600 hives in NE Wisc.
    Sold Bulk Honey and Retail Honey( to local stores)
    Sold Beekeeping Business to Daughter and Son-in-Law
    and Now Providing Assistance
    Topics: Beekeeping Experiences over the Last 35 Years.
    Managing A Large Quantity of Colonies
    Dealing with Parasites and Pesticides

    Cost $30.00 Lunch and Refreshments Provided

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Welcome to Beesource, Gary.
    So many weeds.......so little time.

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Welcome to the site!

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Welcome to Beesource.

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    thanks for the heads up on the green bay seminar, wish I could make it but can't

    myself and a coworker who is taking it up also made a trip down to lapp's bees today to get our beginner equipment... getting the fever


    thanks
    gary

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    Default Re: hi from wisconsin

    Welcome to Beesource!
    I think we are being invaded by WI Beeks!

    Is that cheese factory in your area (Kaukana Club) still in operation?

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