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I will be starting with beekeeping next week. I am buying two active hives from a local beekeeper. Frankly, I am clueless. I have read a lot of stuff on the internet, but I have about come to the conclusion that beekeeping is a lot like raising kids. Books can't fully prepare you. You just have to do it. Am I right?
 

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Welcome to our forum (the friendliest IMHO) :mrgreen:
Congratulations on your new hobby, you will find it addictive yet satisfying!
You have found this forum and that is a great step forward. There are lots of knowledgeable folks here that are willing to share their experience with you. All you have to do is ask. No such thing as a dumb question. We all started somewhere.
Will your local beekeeper mentor you cause that is a huge help, having somone right handy when needed?
 

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Welcome to the forum.

As Perry said ask as many questions as you need.

If you have been reading books then you will have a clue about what you are looking at and what steps you might need to take. If you have never been in a hive then you will be amazed at what you can see, hear, feel, taste and smell. Sometimes it can even be overwhelming. Hopefully you have a mentor close by or are close to a bee club to help you get the hands on.

Good luck with your hives and hope to see you around.
 

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""but I have about come to the conclusion that beekeeping is a lot like raising kids.""

Yes, 30,000 at a time. :D

Welcome. I'm sure you will find it is a wonderful hobby, with many ups and downs, but the ups will always outweigh the downs.
 

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Hello knuckledragger and welcome aboard,they help the clueless here no worries,I've learned quite a bit in the little time I've been on the forum.
 
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