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When did you start beekeeping?

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Pbee came up with a great idea to collate everyone's beekeeping experience in terms of years. With 54 members already, I'm sure the total will mount up pretty quickly.

 

So, to kick things off, in which year did you start beekeeping?

 

I started this year, so lets kick the total off with a big fat ZERO :)

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My first hives this year so the big doughnut for me as well

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I have 3 years under my belly and I am now in year 4.

 

Thank you Grant for creating this new thread. Sure there are some 'old farts' around that have more than all of us together so far. And thank you for sharing ALL your wisdom!!!

 

Pbee :cool:

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42 years man and boy .And yes I still like them.

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Started as a helping hand for my dad from the time I can remember as a boy. This was In Saudi Arabia. The bees were A.M. Yemenetica. Then Kept around 200 Hives of Apis Cerana and 50 hives of Mellifera(Italians) in India. Now I keep only a few hives here in hamilton. I am 26 now, so I would say about 20 years. Always loved it.

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I make that about 93 years so far :) Not far off the ton.

 

(I gave the first years a 1 instead of the donut - we're well into the season, you got bees, it counts :) )

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that puts us over the 100 combined years, with around 10 replies so far

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What a 'privilege' to be able to call on a pool of over 100 years of beekeeping experience in NEW ZEALAND and from around the world!!!

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haha lol just a helping hand for dad but hope to get into it a lot more over the years but at the moment Zero for me :)

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Did the Agribusiness course last year in Dunedin and ended up with two hives at home. So I guess I'm in my second year, though I don't feel at all experienced.

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31 yrs for me, and still fascinated by this wonerful animal. Always something new to examine and experiment with :)

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I get 134 years - so far!

....and there will be a lot more when all members are accounted for!

 

Keep them coming, dem years!

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I am brand new to beekeeping. I got my first nuc at the beginning of autumn and hoped it would still be alive after the winter. It is and its fair humming along now! I'm completely besotted by the bees, out there constantly, just watching them. I'm sure the neighbours think I'm bonkers.

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Hi Linda and welcome. :) You've got 'the bug' now - too late to escape.

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First year for me too.

I also spend a lot of time staring at my hives, seems to have replaced my meditation practice ! Just as rewarding though.

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I have to agree Ben... Years ago, comming off night shift, I would find 20 or 30 mins in an old beach chair alongside the hives a perfect wind down and relaxing enough for a few hours sleep. Now of course, I can wander out and sit in an old folding chair any time I want!

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I agree too. Sometimes I wander down to the hives for a quick check of something and the best part of an hour goes by in the blink of an eye. Mind you I'm the same with the sheep, and the hens. Maybe I just like leaning on the fence and watching.

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haha, reminds me of a text I sent today

Bored. Stuck here when I could be looking at my bees, beds, beer. Look at all the lovely words you can make on a phone by typing bees

 

as you can tell, I really was bored

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Some very interesting stories, and interesting people!

 

For me, bees caught my interest when I found a wild hive in a tree, i was around 10. A kind old guy I used to talk to got me the book "Beekeeping in New Zealand", which luckily is one of the good ones, and I read it over and over. Already had built myself a beehive in the school woodwork shop, before I'd even seen inside a real hive :). For my 13th birthday I was able to get my parents to buy me a nuc. When I was 16 left home and got into beekeeping commercially which I did for 7 years, then changed job. Then seemed to always be involved with bees in some way such as part time AFB inspections for MAF, and now I'm retired, kinda, got a few hives, honey is too much work so I'm breeding and selling bees, as a hobby. There's so much interest in bees now and people wanting to get into it, that it's a great pleasure helping people get started, meeting many different kinds of folks, and selling bees and queens to existing beekeepers also.

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