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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 keeping bees in '94.We lived in Yorktown,Va.I removed a hive from a Steam Jenny's heat exchanger and the rest is history.
We move to Chase City in '95 and I caught a swarm and started again.After a year a Black Bear destroyed my hives.
We moved to Danville in '04 and a beek friend of mine got me started again.
He's like my dealer!! He got me hooked again and now I can't quit!!I have seven hives now and will expand shortly.It's that or go to rehab and try to kick the habit.
I raise Buckfast, from Canada,and local mutts.

Jim <><
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