OHIO Newb to beekeeping

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Levi Binegar, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. Levi Binegar

    Levi Binegar New Member

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    hey guys! my name is Levi. my girlfriends dad is thinking about keep bees. I have been interested for several years in beekeeping but havent had space to do it, but would like to get involved with him in keeping bees. the local associations classes are full, so here we are. i guess we will be self taught. basically... being that we are totally green to this... outside of buying a bee kit online and reading some library books... we would love any suggestions you guys would provide! thanks! were looking forward to learning and having fun with this hobby!
     
  2. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    WELCOME, WELCOME and WELCOME......!....:lol:
    hi levi! feel free to post away and ask questions, this is a great place to "put your feet up" and hang out!

    [​IMG]!!!!
     

  3. JUDELT

    JUDELT New Member

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    welcome, this is a great place to learn!
     
  4. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    welcome to the forum. You have found a great place to learn about bees:thumbsup:
     
  5. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Let me add my voice to those saying Welcome!
    You have found a great spot to learn. Read everything you can find here, ask plenty of questions, use the search function, maybe searching using words like "beginning", etc.
    We be only too glad to help you begin your journey.

    (PS - start with at least 2 hives) :wink:
     
  6. kebee

    kebee Active Member

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    Welaome Levi to the forum, glad you joined us, you can learn a lot here, know I have.

    kebee
     
  7. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    First, forget buying a bee kit. You won't get all you need and will get stuff you don't need.

    Buy a complete hive, an extra super, a smoker, a hive tool and the protective wear you are comfortable with. IE: A veil, or a hooded jacket, or a complete suit. Get a good pair of ""flexible" gloves. Then buy more as you learn and need.

    Hang out here, read a lot, use the search function, and ask a lot of questions. It'll all come together in a short time.
     
  8. Levi Binegar

    Levi Binegar New Member

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    Firstly, thanks for the warm welcomes! We are excited to jump into this and see what happens. First couple questions I have are... how many hives do we start with? is one okay or is it better to start with two? as well, there is a local supplier not far from where todd (my girlfriends dad lives) and he sells "kits"... what do you guys think of these kits and prices?

    http://hiveandhoney.com/images/conrad_starter_kit-prices2013.pdf
     
  9. ApisBees

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    Welcome Levi and father in law Class is now in session. Like the previous posters have stated ask questions about what you are finding in the hives, and also what you should be expecting to find when you are about to enter into the hive. We on the forum will guild you thru your first years of beekeeping. look up bee clubs in your area. the locals are a great source of knowledge on keeping bees in your area, seasons, timing. Have fun.
     
  10. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Not bad pricing, and Kelley equip. is top of the line. Those kits are much more sensible than most I have seen. I do think kit B might have a mis-quoted price, tho. 3000.00 is a bit steep. :D
     
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    Don't worry about the association classes being full. You will learn more here than you will in a class. At least I have, anyway.
     
  12. Levi Binegar

    Levi Binegar New Member

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    awesome. who would you guys recommend buying bees from this time of year? the local supplier is out i guess. but i think we can still get a kit. should we start with one or 2?

    def 300. haha.
     
  13. ApisBees

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    I'll say before every every one ease 2 In Langstroth hives.
     
  14. blueblood

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    Welcome Levi! I echo what Iddee said about equipment, read and dig in here.
     
  15. tecumseh

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    Howdy Levi... got cousin's in Columbus and of course my ohio based web name and suspect (well actually kind of know) you are in a good place to keep bees.

    you might wish to check out the following web address www.kenstoncommunityed.org <the american bee journal says they have a bee school scheduled for April 18 (don't know where Geauga County might be????).
     
  16. efmesch

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    I'm late with my welcome but still glad to learn of your joining the forum. So now you're already the owner of a bee hive. Congrats.
    You are doing the right thing planning right away to build up to two hives. You'll see how imortant it is to have at least two, as you gain experience.
    A lot of what you do now depends on the weather. Don't stress them too much with maniplations when it's cold.
    Good luck to you.