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  1. #1
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    Dec 2012
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    Default New to bees from British Columbia Canada

    Hi, I have just spent several hours reading on here about all the wonderful information posted. You all seem to be a very helpful group.
    I have been interested in honey bees for some time and am just going to try my hand at bees. I think they are wonderful. I love watching them work and buzz.
    I am going to try doing 2 hives. I am very nervous about it. Can anyone give me any advice? I live in the North Okanagan. It is cold and damp here. Over wintering is what makes me the most nervous. I have some old hives my father-in-law had and am going to try to use them. I have no idea where to buy bees up here? It seems there are more places in the USA than Canada to buy?
    I hope to learn a lot here!

  2. #2
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    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: New to bees from British Columbia Canada

    Welcome Delia!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  3. #3
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    Belpre,Ohio, USA
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    Default Re: New to bees from British Columbia Canada

    Welcome Delia, good to have you.
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio

  4. #4
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    Pickens County, South Carolina, US
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    Default Re: New to bees from British Columbia Canada

    Welcome Delia. You have found a great site for help. I'm sure someone will come along and help you with the location of a seller near you.

    You have checked this out, eh? http://www.bcbeekeepers.com/

  5. #5
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: New to bees from British Columbia Canada

    Welcome to Beesource!

    You may be able to find a nearby club from the list here:
    http://www.bcbeekeepers.com/?page_id=18

    I would expect that one of them can help you find bees.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  6. #6
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    Oct 2011
    Location
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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    Default Re: New to bees from British Columbia Canada

    Welcome. Bees are over wintered successfully in colder and damper climates than the Okanagan. The Canadian Prairies can be cold and west coast and east coast are probably damper. Best to check with a number of local bee keepers as to what works for wintering in that particular climate. Think bee keepers, in general, are a very open and helpful. If you are honest, keenly interested, and willing to work at it weekly, you will be successful new bee keeper. Putting bees in a hive in the spring and coming back in the fall to harvest honey doesn't work! Good luck.
    If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
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    Sicamous, BC Canada
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    Default Re: New to bees from British Columbia Canada

    Thanks for the warm welcome! I did get in touch with the BC beekers. And found a local group to get in touch with. I go to the first meeting on Monday night. I am very excited. I am getting all my equipment out and sorting through so I will know what I need to get still.
    What a great group.
    Bees just keep us buzzing!

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