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  1. #1
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    Default Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    Ever since the first time I laid eyes on fresh honey coming out of an extractor in Priddis, Alberta when I was a kid, I wanted to have bees of my own one day. Then a few years ago a new found friend through 4-H had hives at his house and I checked them out and decided it was time to try beekeeping.........picked up a package of bees, installed them and havnt turned back since that evening!! Infact, its gotten bigger (and will get even more bigger) since then!! Love the honey, love working the bees, and love experimenting!!

    So whats your story!
    Coyote Creek Bees

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    BeeGhost,
    My grandparents had bees when I was a kid. Also, "robbed" a few bee trees with my uncles when I was a kid. So, I've always had the interest! What really prompted me to take the plunge, was the present state of world affairs, I guess you can say I'm a "prepper". I also like honey on my bisquits!!!! memtb

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    It's all the local power company's fault!

    I bought a nice piece of property that had no driveway, and no power. Part of the property was former pasture, but had been colonized by young cedars and hardwoods. After I built a long driveway, and wanted power, the power company engineer decided the best route was to shortcut a curve in the driveway, and forced me to clearcut the area under the powerline route.

    Then I decided to grow some thornless blackberries under the powerlines to keep the trees from regrowing. After that I cleared more small trees to plant more berries, and then I began to worry that there might not be enough pollinators for all those berries.

    Time for some bees! And then I found Beesource!
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    I was trying to keep my Neighbor from taking his horses on the back of my property. 150 hives later that did not work. And I needed another hobby to take all my spare income and time. If I had realized it was so much fun spending thousands of dollars each year might have done it 20 years ago when I was younger and back was stronger.

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    i need reasons to get out of the house and im hoping to make some money

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    For me it was a combination of factors: 1) When I was 4 y.o. I was stung on the foot by a bee working the clover in my grandfather's yard. He explained to me about bees and he gave me my first taste of honey. 2) Then we relocated near Buena Park, CA, where we visited Knott's Berry Farm. They had an observation hive in their basket shop, where I was able to observe the inner workings of a beehive. 3) After that I was hooked. I got my beekeeping equipment from santa for my ninth Christmas, and we put the bees in the hive before my tenth birthday.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    I saw a show that made fact that honeybees were on the decline and I noticed there were very few bees on my dandelions. So I got started and jumped right in with both feet. I also stated a new company collecting swarms and providing a beehive removal service in structures as well as offering professional repairs.
    I own a residential building company and the two companies compliment each other nicely.
    Check out the facebook page. Dont foget to push your like button! lol

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    I got into it a bit like Mr Beeman. I have heard and read stories of the bee decline and I realized that I had not really seen many bees around. I said someone needs to do something and I realized I was someone. I had a rocky 2012 (my first year) I have 1 current hive out of the 4 I got during the year. I will not be defeated.

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    Beekeeping tweaks my naturalist being. My ranch raises grass fed, free range cattle like the ones your ancestors ate. A couple of years back and old pal of mine told me his good friend had recently died and his wife was selling his farm implements. He told me there was enough hive equipment to house three bee hives. I jumped on that deal and hived three packages of bees on April 7, 2010. I truly don't know why I hadn't gotten into the "bee thing" sooner. I'm 73 years old, and I can almost guarantee that I will die with bees. My bees live in West Texas brush country, and there are not any farming operations for at least 20 miles. I love the bees and the thought of making my area better with all of those pollinators working for me.

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    Quote Originally Posted by lazy shooter View Post
    My ranch raises grass fed, free range cattle like the ones your ancestors ate.
    Any chance you ship to NY? My ex co worker who supplied us beef is no where to be found.

    Ok, what got me into beekeeping....
    MY WIFE! She wanted her gardens pollinated and surfed the net on how to keep bees and became overwhelmed. She got the bright idea I would like beekeeping and forced me into it. I was seriously afraid of bee stings.
    I won't say she is always right but sometimes she gets lucky. Dang Irishmen.
    I have to admit I never thought I would ever get attached to a stinging insect but they kinda grow on ya.
    The gardens, the bees, the grass fed meat, it is so not me. Now all you guys got to suffer because I am going to live longer.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    My wife and I finished watching a documentary on bees which documented problems they were experiencing and suggested people take up bee keeping to help. My wife turned and said "why don't you try that?" I proceeded to spend hundreds of hours researching the subject and then bought my first three hives. Four months later I picked up my three nucs.

    Today I went out to check on a few of my hives and again felt the same intense amazement with them I felt three years ago as I gazed upon my first nucs, and how they persevere in the face of so many bad odds. I cannot foresee my not caring for the girls in my future...

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    It amazes me that most of you are like me and just thought you would give it a try, I mean why not, right!! And even more amazing are those that started just for fun and then turned it into a serious sideliner or commercial business!! I also like hearing about a relative passing down the business to others and hope that continues for generations to come, I hope my kids learn and like it enough to keep this going as well!

    I don't plan on having hundreds of hives.............at least anytime soon, but would like to dabble in the side business part such as queen rearing and selling nucs, and of course honey as a byproduct!!LOL

    Thanks again for everyone's stories, I enjoy reading them!! And Acebird, your correct, as much as I hate getting stung, watching the hives trials and tribulations keeps me coming back for more!!
    Coyote Creek Bees

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    Ace dont ever critisize your wife`s judgments,,,look who she married

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    I grew up behind a few hundred acre orchard, had strawberries and veggies. Neighbor up the street has mini-orchard, has had 5-10 langs up there for 40+years. Across town there is a farm that I believe was part of the original land grant, those hives could very well have been there since before independence. Neighbor and I worked with a small pollinator, few hundred hives, for a few summers growing up, had a couple ourselves that ended up with AFB. That was when I lost my first dog so to speak. I'll bet I said @ least once a year for over 20 years, "This year I should get my B's back goin." Well you got women, golf, fishin, there are only so many hours in the day So I finally did it and boy am I glad I did !
    p.s. Good thread idea !

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    Visited the state fair bee booth. I was really curious, asking lots of questions. My wife and her green thumb approached and she said, "You should do it." The man at the booth (my future mentor) said, "You should. Wives never say that."

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    When I was a kid, I saw as episode of Mr Rogers that walked everyone through a medium scale extraction process from the hive throught the filling of the jars. Something there clicked but it has taken 30 years to figure out what.

    After a few years of reading about bees in magazines and the news, I starting wishing but put it out of my mind because I live in suburbia and my 75' x 175' property would never work.

    Then, at te age of 37, I read an article in Mother Earth News about urban beekeeping. That planted the idea of possibility and on vacation that year in the Catskills, the owner of the cabin we rented had 3 books on beekeeping.

    That is all I needed ( and the urging and support of my wife) and at the age of 38 I bought my first 2 hives

    Chris in NJ
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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    Going back around 5 generations my on my Dads side there has been at least one person keeping bees. When I was a kid my Grandfather had them. My Dad moved back to were my family is from and he and my cousin both got into it. My daughter really like them and I figured we could do this as well as something we could do together. It has been a lot of fun and I think that it really makes my daughter feel good that she can stand in the maelstrom of bees flying all over the place and not get stung, or be afraid.

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    Default Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    My grandmother was a beek. I loved sitting by the hives and watching the bees come and go.
    Don't provoke a hive full of angry bees.

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