A Newbee from Nebraska

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by klpauba, May 11, 2012.

  1. klpauba

    klpauba New Member

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    Hello, All!

    I'm Kevin and I'm from Omaha. I have a new interest in bees -- our family has a small acreage with about 8 apple trees and a couple of pear trees (the land is 5 acres with a small spring-fed pond).

    Our yields have bee low and my Dad and I thought that adding a hive or two might help. The trees we have were from small cuttings of my Grandpa's original trees in Wisconsin (they have since been destroyed). A friend of his always kept a few hives on his property for the pollination.

    The more I read, however, the more interesting this becomes. I built my own Warre hive. I figured that this would be my preference for starting out. Here's a picture of it:

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    The darker box on top is the top feeder.

    The only problem is, I don't have any bees (I missed ordering them by a few weeks). I've become a member of our local Bee Club and have had the support of BigBear (a member of the forum here) and hoping he'll find a swarm for me to use.

    I've been lurking the forum and found the information to be very valuable and the folks especially friendly. I'm glad most everyone likes to share information because I'll be open to anything to get started.

    Best to all!
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Welcome, and tell Big Bear he is missed. He hasn't been around much lately.

    You do have a great resource in him, tho, so use it extensively. He knows his bees.
     

  3. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    hi back to you kevin, and WELCOME!
    where was your grandpa in wisconsin? great picture of your warre hive!
     
  4. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    welcome aboard Kevin.
     
  5. kebee

    kebee Active Member

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    Welcome Kevin, glad you join us here.

    kebee
     
  6. Bsweet

    Bsweet Member

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    Welcome Kevin, You have found the best place online to learn the ailment we all suffer from. Jim
     
  7. klpauba

    klpauba New Member

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    Hi riverbee,

    The farm was between Manitowoc and Sheboygan near the town of Cleveland. Only a mile from the big lake.

    Man, do I have good memories of that place but I did get in a lot of trouble there when I met up with a cousin my age!

     
  8. heinleinfan

    heinleinfan New Member

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    Hi Kevin,
    Welcome to the forum, and good luck on finding some ladies to move in, you've got a nice place set up for them there!
     
  9. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Hi Kevin, from up here in Tundra territory :wink: :lol:

    Big Bear knows his stuff, if he can, I'm sure he'll help you out. Glad you found us. :thumbsup:
     
  10. Slowmodem

    Slowmodem New Member

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    Welcome and enjoy your stay!

    Sent from my DROID X2 using Tapatalk 2
     
  11. Intheswamp

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    Welcome to the place, Kevin!!! Good group here...they even put up with me and my smoked jeep.

    Ed
     
  12. klpauba

    klpauba New Member

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    Thank you, all, for the well wishes.

    I forgot to mention that I'm doing this kinda on the "down low".

    My wife (of 30 years this October) has said repeatedly that I must start and finish a kitchen remodel before I can get a hive. Well, a few weeks ago I brought a door downstairs to my shop and had her convinced I was preparing it for a new hinge. Instead, I was making the Warre hive -- tee hee! Have a swarm bucket in my truck so if I get some bees, I'll have to do it while she's away at work or shopping. :)

    Not to worry, I started some demo today and am making some progress on her wishes.

    l8r
     
  13. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    them kitchen/house remodel can really mess up your bee keeping plans.... just ask Perry.
     
  14. Americasbeekeeper

    Americasbeekeeper New Member

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    :shock: :thumbsup: :shock: :thumbsup: :shock: :thumbsup:
     
  16. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Welcome Kevin,
    i'm glad we passed your "lurking test" and that you've joined us as a full fledged member. Join us with questions, join us with answers, join us with smiles and laughter.:lol:
     
  17. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Welcome Kevin! Down low it is...I get the same from my front,,,"I can't understand how you have all this time for your hobbies (I have more than bees) but you can't fix........" Ha! I built her some flower box stands yesterday but I tarnished my reputation already today by going out on a swarm call early this morning...on Mother's Day! Ha! She already forgave me though...Hope to see more from your venture.....
     
  18. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    welcome aboard the forum glad to have you here
     
  19. G3farms

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    Hello Kevin and welcome to the forum :hi:
     
  20. klpauba

    klpauba New Member

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    Blueblood/Dave, I'll keep this mind when I finally come clean ... I can say that there some other beeks even worse than me! :)