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Hello, all! I have been intrigued by bees and beekeeping, but more recently have gained a serious interest in taking it up myself. I have only been seriously studying it for about a week, and just yesterday got the go-ahead from my wife to give it a shot! If I understand correctly, now is not the best time (if not a poor time) to begin. Is this correct? If so, I would like to ask if some local beekeepers whom I know would show me around their apiaries and begin working on building equipment. I intend (at least at first) for this to be a hobby, so building the equipment myself would be part of the experience. Thank you for having me, and I look forward to learning from all of you!
 

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Welcome to Beesource!


You will find that purchased bees (and free 'swarm' bees) are more readily available in the spring, so that is a good time to actually populate your new hives.

If you decide that 10 frame Langstroth style hive equipment is how you want to start, these plans are a good resource for building your own:

http://www.beesource.com/build-it-yourself/10-frame-langstroth-barry-birkey/

If you choose to start with 8 frame equipment instead, you can just remove 2 3/4" from the short side dimensions of those 10 frame plans.
 

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Welcome from NE Kansas! I'm new and started April 10th of this year with 3 packages. I'd join a local club, read, read, read, and take an intro to beekeeping class when one is available. I don't know much yet, but I sure love it.
 
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