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Just a quick introduction. I'm not a beekeeper, but I have been known to hang around one and donate a little bit of free labor towards the hobby.

I've been lurking and reading (a lot!), so I'm beginning to have a new appreciation for those little girls and the huge job they do. Maybe someday, I'll get the courage to suit up and see what type of homemakers they are, but for now, I'll just admire them from a distance and appreciate those of you who keep them.
 

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Ladyleo,
One of two things will happen. 1) On post #5, in the near future or 2) on post 347 sometime down the road, you will say....."Why did I wait so long to get my own hives?"

Lets hope it's the sooner.... ;)

I've never met a "Lady" in beekeeping yet that didn't have ample....or lets say unlimited old beekeepers stumbling over themselves trying to help the new girl on the block maintain her bees. Hey, if you play it right, you may not ever have to suit up.. :)

Seriously, Welcome to the site and I do hope you get your own hive soon.
 

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Welcome, from another lady Beekeeper. Glad to hear you are enjoying the fascinating little creatures. You can actually tell a lot about a hive just by watching and listening.
 

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Get yourself a hive or two, they are really quite easy to manage, and if you remember the simple rules, they will behave like little ladies for you. What other hobby, can you think of provides dozens of thousands of laborer that work for you and the only thing you have to do is let the honeybees do what comes naturally for them :D . those girls will give you much to enjoy and are fun to work with and see what you can accomplish with them.Be looking forward to hear how you are making out with them.
Barry
 

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I appreciate the welcome, and have learned a lot in the few weeks I've been lurking. I would like to have a hive or two, but since I'm not the only resident here, it probably ain't gonna happen.

I should be able to live vicariously through another's hives, though. ;)
 

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Ladyleo191 said:
I should be able to live vicariously through another's hives, though. ;)
Online is only Step 1 of vicarious living. Join a local beekeeping club and start meeting beekeepers live and in-person! You'll probably get the chance to actually get into some colonies, up close and personal with actual bees...
http://www.ncbeekeepers.org/chapters.htm

Resistance is futile. :)
 

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Just my opinion, but if you can tag along on a swarm capture or a cut-out, your confidence in being around bees will skyrocket, ready for when (not "if") you get a hive of your own!
 

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I don't have the er...intestinal fortitude...yet to tag along (notice the judicious use of the word 'yet'), but that keeper I hang around with lets me get involved in just about every other aspect of the hobby.

I wouldn't mind having a hive, but like I said, I am not the only person who lives here...and since I seldom get nixed on any of my harebrained schemes...I'll learn to live without a hive here at home.
 
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