Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?
My Dad kept bees throughout my childhood and up until a few years ago, I always had an interest in them and desired to have my own hive. I can still remember chewing on the honeycomb as a youngster, a good memory.
Around 20 years ago I did a trap out and a friend of mine gave me a deep box setup to put them in, well they died the first winter and that was it I guess, 20 years later here I am.
Three and a half years ago my wife found a hive advertized on Craigslist and asked me if I was interested, of course I jumped at the prospect of having bees again. It was in November and the the seller wanted $100 dollars for the hive, I looked at the pic and there was no super on the hive for winter stores so she worked on the seller for a week and they settled on $35.00 and two cats for this hive ( I would have driven there just to give them the cats ). I know it was a gamble, a real long shot that the hive would even make it through the winter but we drove to the location and found an old rotted deep box sitting directly on the ground, 5 frames were gone and 5 were partly collapsed with a very small cluster and virtually no stores. In shock and very disappointed we gave them the $35.00 and 2 cats, pried the hive from the ground with a piece of pipe wrapped up the hive in a tarp and drove home.
I rigged up a plastic feeder box on top of the hive inside a shallow super and fed the bees Megabee patties all winter with a heating pad set on low laying on top of the feeder, the bees came through a very cold winter with a fist sized cluster in the spring. I still have the old original mother queen with her hive and 5 more hives to boot, all the hives were started from her hive and her daughters are doing great, I have a total of 6 hives now and they were all out flying this weekend looking strong and healthy.
Bill...in Southeast Ohio Zone 6A, Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up