new guy in Central IL

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by DLMKA, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. DLMKA

    DLMKA New Member

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    This will be my first year beekeeping, starting out with 2 langstroth hives with 5 frame nucs of Carniolan cross bees. My kids (3, 5, 5, 8) are excited about the new hobby so I'm going to need some youth bee suits as well. Looking forward to a new hobby :thumbsup:
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Kids and bee hives = WONDERFUL... Pics will be required. :D

    Welcome from an ex-quad city resident.

    PS. We do have a kid's forum. Check it out.
     

  3. Slowmodem

    Slowmodem New Member

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    Welcome and enjoy your stay! :)
     
  4. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Welcome :hi:
    Glad you found us. :mrgreen:
    The neat thing is you will be able to"hand-me-down" the bee suits as each of your kids grow. My boy is 10 and already on his second suit. :thumbsup:
     
  5. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild New Member

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    Welcome :wave: Getting the family involved is great; "hand-me-downs", quality time well spent, cheap labor and trust me....more hives!
     
  6. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    DL, :hi:
    Can we assume that the two five year olds are twins? All boys? All girls? Mixed.
    What difference does it make--A big welcome to the whole family :wave:
     
  7. DLMKA

    DLMKA New Member

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    I've already got my name on the "swarm list" for the local police departments and pest control places. I predict more hives than I have space for. My dad has 9 acres but it's 2+ hrs away and we only get down there once a month or so. I should just get my dad a veil and some books so he can keep an eye on things. Even Mrs. DLMKA has admitted she finds the bees interesting, hope I can get her out to help too.
     
  8. DLMKA

    DLMKA New Member

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    It's a mixed family, yours mine ours, the "twins" are 4 months apart LOL! 2 boys, 2 girls but the girls are kinda tomboyish like their mom.
     
  9. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild New Member

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    If you can get the Mrs. to buy in on it, you got it whooped! And I emphasize BUY. :bow: Try a posting on Craigslist for swarms as well, currently running 5 hives just from CL responses. :thumbsup:
     
  10. Americasbeekeeper

    Americasbeekeeper New Member

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    Welcome DLMKA! They are just the right age to spin the extractor and almost strong enough to lift honey supers. I am sure they can carry frames already. Any desire to nail hives together without hitting the wrong nails?
     
  11. jim314

    jim314 New Member

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    Welcome DLMKA, you've come to the right place !
     
  12. DLMKA

    DLMKA New Member

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    They all helped with assembling boxes and the oldest helped with frames, my new boxed have some nice hammer sized dents next to the nail heads from errant hammer blows. They already have character. Trying to make it as much of a family affair as I can.
     
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    G3farms New Member

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    Welcome to the forum!!

    As far as buying the kids bee suits, your local bee club members might just have a few that get passed around. The kids suits seem to never get worn out.
     
  14. Marbees

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    Welcome DLMKA :wave: Enjoy the ride :)
     
  15. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    a big welcome from TEXAS...

    you know you start them that young with bees and they will never be afraid of anything for the rest of their lives?
     
  16. Indiana Dave

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    Welcome to the forum!!!
     
  17. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    DLMKA says " Trying to make it as much of a family affair as I can."

    Then they're all in the "OURS" category. Keep them that way with unlimited love. :thumbsup: