Hi from Manteca, California
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  1. #1
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    Default Hi from Manteca, California

    Hello everyone,

    I'm a 58 year old father of four, working in finance in the San Francisco Bay area. Our last kid out of four has left for college and I'm wondering what I'd like to do in my next chapter in life.
    I've always been fascinated by insects and in particular, bees and beekeeping, having taken entomology way back in college (yes, in the seventies).

    The recent issues with CCD has drawn my interest further and so I found this wonderful website and forum.
    I'm here to learn the basics and maybe find some local classes on picking this up as a hobby to start.

    My user name comes from the fact that I recently asked my wife what did she think about me starting to keep bees.

    Her reply to me: "you can have five"

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Welcome to BeeSource! I'm sure she meant five "hives"!!!!!!
    "Sometimes the best action, with bees, is no action at all."

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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryG74 View Post
    Welcome to BeeSource! I'm sure she meant five "hives"!!!!!!
    Thanks for the encouragement, Gary, but we have been married since 1982....she meant five bees.

    We will have to work on upgrading to hives!

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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Well if you only have 5 bees it'll save you a bundle on woodenware. You'll be able to keep them in a matchbox.

    Oh, and welcome!

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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Thanks, BeeBop!
    I'll start searching for matchboxes!
    Last edited by Five_bees; 01-12-2016 at 07:53 PM.

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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Welcome! Start with 5 bees. A queen and 4 attendants. Place them in a hive and bolster them with a support system of say 11,000 bees. Do not provide any sort of birth control before long you will have 100 hives. Just tell her you had no idea they multiplied so rapidly.

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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Awesome idea, Tenbears! The math works out great!

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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Welcome from Concord.
    We have a large club over here in the east bay if you'd like to stop by some time.
    www.diablobees.org
    Dan

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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Thanks for the invitation, KQ! I actually work in San Ramon so I will try to visit.

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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Welcome from the High Desert of Southern California. I am a hobbyist and keep five hives or less. You should start with at least two so you can reference your successes and concerns against one another.
    “Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end”

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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Thank you, ccar! I apprrciate the advice.
    Also I grew up in metro Los Angeles.

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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Welcome!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    [email protected]

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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Thanks, America's BK,
    You are pretty close to U of F, right?

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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    I can walk there and I work closely with them. Almost everyone in the lab is on speed dial on my phone.
    americasbeekeeper.com
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    Default Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    @ABK: What a fabulous resource literally in your own backyard! ( and I'm a Seminole)

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