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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Escanaba, Michigan
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    Default Yooper Checking In

    So I am not technically in the hobby yet, but soon will be!

    I can't wait to finally be able to keep bees! I adore honey bees. Once I finish moving to Escanaba next month, I'll be able to set everything up. I actually already have the hive and all the equipment ordered. In addition, I pre ordered a 3lb bee package of Minnesota Hygienic Bees (with queen of course!) to arrive a week or so after my move date. Everything will be set up for those awesome little social bugs to move in. I've buried myself in books and info. While I don't have a mentor (sad!) I am pretty sure I can get started on the right foot. In addition to them having fruit trees on the property to pollinate, there is plenty of alfalfa, big basswood trees, and I am also planting a few Diervilla lonicera for them, a shrub variety of honeysuckle that is native to Michigan and blooms from spring all through the summer and is a great nectar source for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Originally I was just going to get mason bees. Their real purpose will be pollination of the fruit trees on the property. However, I have the time and money to commit to honey bees. I know I am not allergic to bees, which is a big plus. Actually, throughout my childhood people thought me odd because I could scoop a honey or bumblebee off a flower to take a closer look without getting stung. I have been stung by being silly and stepping on them barefoot when I had no idea they were underfoot, though!

    Glad to be here and absorb even more knowledge! I know the bees will teach me a lot, but I hope to learn as much as I can before they get here!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Manitowoc WI USA
    Posts
    353

    Default Re: Yooper Checking In

    Wow. you are hooked deep!

    I have some property near Cedar River I am planning to set up an apiary. I ice fish on Little Bay often and maybe mine wifey and I would meet you for lunch some winter.

    Good Luck!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
    Posts
    6,808

    Default Re: Yooper Checking In

    Welcome Stacy!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Escanaba, Michigan
    Posts
    58

    Default Re: Yooper Checking In

    Thank you for the warm welcome!

    Sevenmmm, the Little Bay de Noc did look like a great place to ice fish when I took a winter stroll in Ludington Park this past winter. Plenty of ice fishing houses out on the ice!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Mason, MI, USA
    Posts
    1,015

    Default Re: Yooper Checking In

    Welcome from a use to be Yuper (Llanse MI) Watch out for the bears there you'll need a good bear fence.
    Clint
    Clinton Bemrose<br />just South of Lansing Michigan<br />Beekeeping since 1964

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Escanaba, Michigan
    Posts
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    Default Re: Yooper Checking In

    Hadn't even thought of bears, since we have a ton of coyotes on and around the property and I focused on 'yote proofing my chicken coop. Now I'll have to research bear proofing the beehive and chooks.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Otsego County, MI
    Posts
    62

    Default Re: Yooper Checking In

    Welcome Stacykins! I always like to see yoopers on any forum I'm on. I went to MTU for <ahem> the better part of a decade, so I'm a little envious that you get to do your beeking up there. Congrats on your newest hobby. Ask questions, because there's a ton of knowledge on here. Couldn't ask for a better crowd.

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