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  1. #1
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    Mar 2014
    Location
    Gore, VA, USA
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    Default New Beekeeper in Frederick County, VA.

    Hi all! We're about to get our first two hives set up. We're new homesteaders and started with chickens first, then my husband wanted to get bees. I'm a researchaholic and feel like he hasn't given me enough time to figure *everything* out first! Bees seem much more complicated than chickens. I look forward to learning a lot here.

  2. #2
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    Jan 2012
    Location
    Roanoke, VA, USA
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    Default Re: New Beekeeper in Frederick County, VA.

    Welcome. There are plenty of good books and internet sites, including this one. I say this without intending any slight to others: I would suggest starting with Michael Bush's site at Bushfarms and Randy Oliver's at Scientific Beekeeping. I hope you will also check the Virginia Beekeepers Association site and join your local bee club.

  3. #3
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    Nov 2011
    Location
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: New Beekeeper in Frederick County, VA.

    Welcome to Beesource!

    I agree with Rudy's suggestions - here are links for the sites he mentioned:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm
    - and -
    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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    Default Re: New Beekeeper in Frederick County, VA.

    Welcome from a BEEK in Virginia Beach. These "dumb bugs" are a lot of fun and generally sparter than thier keeper (me). Welcome to the hobby, take care

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Gore, VA, USA
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    Default Re: New Beekeeper in Frederick County, VA.

    Thanks! I have read almost all of Michael Bush's website (which added to my feelings that bees are complicated!) I'm currently also reading Natural Beekeeping and heading to the library tomorrow to see what they have.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Clinton, Utah, USA
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    Default Re: New Beekeeper in Frederick County, VA.

    Welcome! It is said that the best beekeepers are the bees themselves. They know how its done and would probably like us to leave em alone anyway, if they could talk. So pick a good spot, set em up a nice box, and get em started, and they will teach you a lot of what you're nervous about. They're a blast to watch and what you miss, you can ask here. They'll do most of the work, while you read and learn. Welcome!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Gladys, VA
    Posts
    91

    Default Re: New Beekeeper in Frederick County, VA.

    Welcome from the central part of VA. Just dive right in - it's a lot of fun!
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    Joe

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: New Beekeeper in Frederick County, VA.

    Welcome SMH!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

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