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  1. #1
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    Feb 2013
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    Buffalo, Illinois, USA
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    Default We to this. Advise for Illinois bee keeping would be great

    Hi everybody. name is Tony. So I'm thinking about picking up beekeeping next year. Besides the fact it sounds like its a big black hole for money, I would like to know a few things. Do beek have any issues with the crops in Illinois? What are a few good crops in Illinois for the bees? Problems with bee keeping in this state? What should I look for? Any tips? Fill me in hear!

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    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: We to this. Advise for Illinois bee keeping would be great

    Welcome Tony!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

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    Pickens County, South Carolina, US
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    Default Re: We to this. Advise for Illinois bee keeping would be great

    Welcome to the site! The "black hole" statement is correct! Really expensive when first starting out. If I was doing it for the honey I would reconsider but I need the bees for pollination. There are very few here.

  4. #4
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    Brown County, IN
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    Default Re: We to this. Advise for Illinois bee keeping would be great

    I'd recommend you start with the "How to Start Beekeeping" subforum here on Beesource - lots of good info on the basics.

    You should also check out this site - over 130 beginning beekeeping lessons online by an Illinois beek, David Burns:
    http://basicbeekeeping.blogspot.com/

    David also hosts beginners classes at his place in Fairmount:
    http://www.honeybeesonline.com/

  5. #5
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    Kingsport, Sullivan, Tennessee
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    Default Re: We to this. Advise for Illinois bee keeping would be great

    Welcome. Yes, a black hole for money AND time. -js

  6. #6
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    Flora,IL
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    Default Re: We to this. Advise for Illinois bee keeping would be great

    Hardly a black hole! you can break even pretty easy if you don't eat up all your honey!... Around here (your about an hour north of me) look for mixed ground. crops canbe good but only for a very short period. Large road ditches, timber patches (stick tites are great honey plants) and pond areas yield best. FYI I am haveing beginning beekeeping class april 27 PM me for info....

  7. #7
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    Buffalo, Illinois, USA
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    Default Re: We to this. Advise for Illinois bee keeping would be great

    I've already checked both those sites out. Lots of good info on them. And I do plan on taking a few of the classes. Can't wait

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