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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    jefferson, wisconsin, USA
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    Default Hello from Wisconsin

    So im new to the forum and only have had a hive for 1 season. Quite honestly I only have bees to help with my garden...well that's how it started at first now I find its kinda fun and helps round me off as a person. I have been in the military now for 12 years am big into outdoors ie. hunting, camping, shooting and that's why I feel beekeeping as well as stain glass helps round me out as a person. I also do have a medium size garden about 100' x 50', and whats funny is im located in a small town. That's my little bio I hope to learn a lot as I come online here.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Portage County, Wisconsin, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Wisconsin

    Hi Bullin82! I'm in Wisconsin also; this is my 2nd year beekeeping, and my 1st year with my own hives (last year a friend kindly introduced me to beekeeping when he asked if he could unload a hive at my farm but showed up with 3 in his truck!). I drove through your general area Saturday, on my way to and from a blacksmithing class in Eagle, with my dad - your flowers and trees are well ahead of ours 2 hours to the north!

    Did your hive make it through the winter? If so, what did you do to accomplish it? I had 1 die from I don't know what (perhaps moisture, there was a little snow drift inside when I checked on a warm day in February) and the other seemed okay but died and I think in retrospect that I should have fed them syrup as soon as I saw they were still alive. I'm interested to know what you did to your hive to keep it alive in our climate.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Hudson, WI USA
    Posts
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    Default Re: Hello from Wisconsin

    Welcome, lots to learn and spring is finally here.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Wisconsin

    Welcome!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Pickens County, South Carolina, US
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    Default Re: Hello from Wisconsin

    Welcome to the site!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    jefferson, wisconsin, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Wisconsin

    I thought I was doing ok because I only harvested 1 of the supers last year once last year and left them 2 for the winter as feed, but winter was long and spring was cold and wet. By the time I could get into the hive to feed them they were stressed and weak, no I see that most the hive has left except for literally about 10 bees and the queen. Im sure if I could have fed them earlier I would have this problem but here I am.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Hudson, WI USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Wisconsin

    The learning curve can be hard, but you now have drawn comb which will be invaluable to the next bees you get.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Wausau, WI, USA
    Posts
    212

    Default Re: Hello from Wisconsin

    Welcome to Beesource from another cheesehead. Do yourself a favor and learn all you can. This site is a wealth of information. No such thing as a bad question either.

    Wisnewbee
    Honey Luv Farm
    Wausau, WI.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Kenosha,WI
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    193

    Default Re: Hello from Wisconsin

    Welcome to the group.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    watertown,wi.,USA
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    476

    Default Re: Hello from Wisconsin

    ON Wisconsin!!! You will probably find the beekeeping is more fun than the garden, at least I did. Out went the garden and up went more hives for me this year! No weeding is fine for me. juzzer

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