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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Jackson Co. AL, USA
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    Default Long-time lurker! Hello from NE Alabama

    You don't know me, but I know you! I've been lurking for a long time!
    Wanted honey bees for years, and finally got my first hives last year! Thought it was time to say howdy.

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    Default Re: Long-time lurker! Hello from NE Alabama

    Welcome to the forum. I'm in central Alabama and we're starting this spring with our first hives. Any initial lessons learned you want to share?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Jackson Co. AL, USA
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    Default Re: Long-time lurker! Hello from NE Alabama

    Hello neighbor Lessons coming from a non-pro...
    Don't let those bees get hungry! Sad to lose them over lack of food. (novice mistake of mine last summer)
    Best thing I did when preparing a spot for my girls. Put landscaping cloth down around and under my hives. I never have to worry about grass growing up around them!

    I'm having lots of fun watching my girls work, work, work - best advice is for you to enjoy it too!
    Last edited by MtnMama; 02-20-2013 at 02:27 PM.

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    Default Re: Long-time lurker! Hello from NE Alabama

    Thanks! I just finished building two "beds" in different fields using landscapping cloth and 2x6x12 rails tied to 4x4 posts about 18" off the ground. I also built a 5' fence behind each of them to act as a wind/afternoon sun shield since I don't having any big trees to block the 60 mph squall line winds or the afternoon heat where I'm putting them. But, I must say, I'm having a lot of fun learning about bees and getting ready for their arrival. To keep them fed in the fall, I'm also thinking of getting one of those 4 gallon feeders to make sure they have plenty to eat in the winter. My girls are definitely going to be spoiled rotten rich kids if I have my way! My goal this spring is to set out 4 beehives using NUKs, 2 in each field, and 4 more hives next spring. I figure that should take up any slack time I have when I'm not taking care of the farm.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Saraland, Alabama
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    Default Re: Long-time lurker! Hello from NE Alabama

    Welcome from south Alabama.

  6. #6
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    Jul 2011
    Location
    Lee County, Alabama, USA
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    Default Re: Long-time lurker! Hello from NE Alabama

    Welcome from East Alabama. You'll learn a lot here just from lurking.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Bryant, AL
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    Default Re: Long-time lurker! Hello from NE Alabama

    Howdy neighbor!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Long-time lurker! Hello from NE Alabama

    Welcome MnM!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Pickens County, South Carolina, US
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    Default Re: Long-time lurker! Hello from NE Alabama

    Welcome from South Carolina!

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