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how long have you been keeping bees how did you get started

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As the new members start to come into this forum I thought it would be interesting to ask how long you have been keeping bees how many hives you got and how you got started. I believe it would help us all get aquainted and know each other a little better. I know we have an introduction page but thought I would try to get some posting going in the general chat So I guess I can start

I got about 70 hives been keeping bees for going on 5 years. I got started when the doctors thought I needed a hobby to help relieve stress and maybe help control my Blood pressure a little easier. I dont think he had 70+ hives in mind when I took on the hobby ;)
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I started thinking about beekeeping about 4 years ago. There was a hive in my barn wall, and we lived in peace for years. One year there must have been a Changing Of The Queen, because they got feisty and nailed you every time you opened the barn door, and they had to go. Couldn't bear to kill then, so I started learning and buying equipment. By the time I was ready (spring)... they had died over the winter.

A few months later tree guys were felling a tree for one of my projects, and uncovered a hive 40 feet up. I decided to try to get them... totally unexperienced, in a high-lift in my shiny white, never-used suit, dripping honey everywhere. Long story short, I did not get the queen.

I finally got my first bees from a former coworker who developed allergies. Third times a charm!
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