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  1. #1
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    Default New in Oregon

    I've been reading here for several weeks. I had planned on starting my hives two years ago, but we tried selling the house, moving, etc, but the housing market... oh well. So I figured I would give this hobby another attempt this year.

    I've never had bees, but have messed with some small hobby farm critters like chickens, turkeys, a couple of cows, kids with 4-H rabbits and pigs.

    I retired a couple of years ago and I'm looking for things to keep me busy. I'm pretty handy with a table saw and router and I've built a couple of 10 frame deeps and a couple of five frame medium nucs and the frames as well. The deeps I gave to my neighbor. They may just get too heavy so I'm going medium all the way.

    So far I really like this forum. Lots of differing opinions makes this a fun read.

    I'm located 15 miles east of Eugene, Oregon in the Cascade foothills.

    Jeff Stover

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    Default Re: New in Oregon

    Welcome Jeff. I retired several years ago from policing up there, got tired of the rain and moved to SF where I now live in the fog. You'll love beekeeping.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

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    Default Re: New in Oregon

    You want fog? go check out Humbolt Co.!
    Last edited by Barry; 11-28-2011 at 10:56 AM. Reason: quoting
    As for me, all I know is that I know nothing...
    - Socrates

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    Default Re: New in Oregon

    Welcome to the site!

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    Default Re: New in Oregon

    Welcome aboard Jeff. I recommend that you start with two hives. You can compare their progress as well as use one to give the other a little boost. Beekeeping is a great hobby.
    “Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end”

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    Default Re: New in Oregon

    Welcome Jeff!
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    Default Re: New in Oregon

    ccar: The plan is to start with about five nucs.

    Charlie: I retired from State Parole in California. I left when parole actually meant something.

    Cris: Fog along the Montery Bay Coast can be really nasty as well, but nothing like NorCal.

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    Default Re: New in Oregon

    Welcome! We're happy to have you.

    I'm a bit of a lurker myself, and you're right - there's always a great read on these forums.

    Good luck with your bees, you're already ahead of the game with your skills in woodworking.

    I think you'll find them very intelligent critters. I was in 4-H myself as a kid, and I WISH I had used bees as my main project! So fun. I'm making up for it now! Enjoy your retirement, enjoy your new (thousands of) pets!

    See you on the forum!

    -Summer

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    Default Re: New in Oregon

    Start shopping for wood! Saw mills, Craig’s list, construction recycle centers. I have as much fun making saw dust as I do playing with the bugs. Poor bees don’t know what’s coming next!
    “Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)

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    Default Re: New in Oregon

    Welcome from the cold (dry) side of the state.
    I grew up in that neck of the woods and have family there now.
    Glory Bee is a decent local bee supply resource in the Eugene are.
    Dan Hayden
    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

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