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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Central VA
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    Smile Hello from a new bee keeper in Virginia! :)

    Hi there! Just wanted to introduce myself to the forum. I live in central Virginia on a small farm and I got my first bee hives 3 weeks ago! The first one is from a package of bees, the second from a 4 frame nuc (per my beekeeping class instructors' recommendation). I don't have prior beekeeping experience and am taking my family on a learning journey along with me So far we've been enjoying observing the bees as they go about their daily activities, and learned that pollen comes in a variety of different colors! Very novice of me, I know

    We took a look at the hives yesterday to see how they are progressing and they are about 50% full (in deep boxes). There was one thing that struck me as being odd, the hive from the nuc has made a queen cell I'm just wondering, is that normal? Has the other queen died and they're making a new one?

    I'm looking forward to being part of this great group!

    Anna S.
    Unionville, VA

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from a new bee keeper in Virginia! :)

    Welcome to Beesource!

    > the hive from the nuc has made a queen cell I'm just wondering, is that normal?

    It not unusual for a colony to build a queen cell. Sometimes they seem to do that "just in case" and also may tear it down before things progress to the point of having a queen emerge.
    Graham
    -- Victor Hugo -- "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Pickens County, South Carolina, US
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    Default Re: Hello from a new bee keeper in Virginia! :)

    Welcome to the site!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from a new bee keeper in Virginia! :)

    Welcome Anna!
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Knox, Pa. USA
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    Default Re: Hello from a new bee keeper in Virginia! :)

    Welcome, Although I no longer live in Va. I am an old Virginia boy from Prince George.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Suffield, Connecticut
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    Default Re: Hello from a new bee keeper in Virginia! :)

    welcome Anna..everyone here is so nice and helpful!

  7. #7

    Default Re: Hello from a new bee keeper in Virginia! :)

    Hi Anna. Nice to see another OC resident here. There's a few of us now.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Central VA
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    Default Re: Hello from a new bee keeper in Virginia! :)

    Thank you all for the kind welcome and Stephen that's great that there are more fellow beekeepers in our area on this forum. It's nice to have a beekeeping community near home as well as online! Also, thank you Rader Sidetrack for addressing my concern. I'm glad to hear that the bees make the queen cells "just in case".

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Gordonsville,VA USA
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    Default Re: Hello from a new bee keeper in Virginia! :)

    Welcome Anna, I am another here in good ol Virginny, you have found a place with all the advice, answers to your questions and sometimes just good ol fun. You and your family have begun a wonderful journey, with lots of rewards and surprises. You and your family will have a wonderful venture, again welcome aboard!

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