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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
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    Marquette, Michigan
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    Default first year in upper Michigan

    This is my first year keeping bees. I have built all my own equipment so far and am expecting my bees in early May if the snow is gone by then

  2. #2
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    Jan 2010
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    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: first year in upper Michigan

    Welcome!
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  3. #3
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    Aug 2012
    Location
    grand rapids, michigan
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    Default Re: first year in upper Michigan

    Welcome NorthernPike. I am in middle Michigan. West side of the state. Lots of learning to be had here. Don't over think things or you'll go nuts. Just ask my wife. Realize that you will get a variety of opinions here. You'll sort it out but be patient.
    By the way, I am starting my 2nd year with 2 hives that I think are going to make it through this winter we've had. I've ordered 2 more package and plan to gain a couple more via splits and traps.

  4. #4
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    Jan 2013
    Location
    Midland, MI
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    Default Re: first year in upper Michigan

    Welcome, NP! I make all of my gear too. there arent too many folks on here that bother with making the frames, but for fairly small scale operations like mine (6 hives..increasing to about 20 this year), I don't mind the time spent at the saw. it gives me something to do in the winter. As other will likely point out, this is a fairly addictive hobby. I was convinced that 2 hives was enough and ended the first year with 6. I decided that 10 was probably enough, but have the gear nearly built for 20. I'm not sure what the limit is going to be for me, but i have a feeling its going to be like guns....always one away from "too many."

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Marquette, Michigan
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    Default Re: first year in upper Michigan

    Thanks everyone. So does anyone have advice for me about the weather. Its the end of march and we just got 5" of snow and have been 20 deg below average this year. IM worried about when I get my bees.

  6. #6
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    Oct 2013
    Location
    Caledonia,michigan
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    Default Re: first year in upper Michigan

    I was just up there last weekend and wondered how well the bees do there,(My little princess will be going to school there in August)
    Try to see if there any clubs near by.

  7. #7
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    Mar 2014
    Location
    Carpentersville, Kane, IL, USA
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    Default Re: first year in upper Michigan

    Good Luck, I hope it works out for you. I too am expecting my package bee's around May 20th.....

  8. #8
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    Mar 2014
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    Marquette, Michigan
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    Default Re: first year in upper Michigan

    The only club I know of is called the matrx but not sure about it only went there once about 5 years ago

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
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    Caledonia,michigan
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    Default Re: first year in upper Michigan

    Looks like there is one near you called Superior Beekeeping club.

  10. #10
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    Aug 2013
    Location
    Crivitz, WI
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    Default Re: first year in upper Michigan

    Welcome,
    I am about an hour and a half south and west of you. The menominee/marinette area. Last year I got my bees on 22 April, there was still snow on the ground, and ice on my pond. The bees did fine. I too make all my own equipment, lets me enjoy the hobby twice!

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Milford, Michigan USA
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    Default Re: first year in upper Michigan

    NorthernPike, I went to collage in Marquette in the early sixties and am familiar with your winters. You will find this forum exceptionally informative. I am not adept at imbedding youtube sites but if you go to youtube and search for a video "keeping bees in frozen north america" it is Michael Palmer and he explains how he does it. Mr. Palmer lives in northern New York near the Canadian border. His presentation should be just what you are looking for.

    Welcome.

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