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Hello from Northern Indiana
« on: August 08, 2016, 12:03:05 pm »
Hello all,

I am very, very new to all of this.  I have not actually started keeping bees yet.  So far, I am just trying to be a sponge and learn as much as I can.  I live in Northern Indiana, almost Michigan, and plan to put a hive in my backyard.  I am looking forward to learning from all of the experts here. 

Thanks,
Rick

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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2016, 12:24:10 pm »
Welcome,  if you want to learn there is lots here to learn.
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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2016, 12:44:06 pm »
Glad you came. Welcome, and hope you find reason to stay.
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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2016, 01:58:13 pm »
Welcome aboard Rick,

I am not an expert but I am learning all I can also. I'm in my second year and have 5 hives I hope to get through winter. One thing I know about this forum is there are no dumb questions so ask away. Also the archives have a treasure trove of information, just use the search function. Look forward to hearing about your adventures. :)
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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2016, 02:12:50 pm »
 Welcome rt1068, glad you found us here on the forum, great place to get your question answer on bees.

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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2016, 02:27:17 pm »
Thanks for the warm welcome.  I have to say I am pretty relieved.  I was on another unnamed forum previously and it was definitely not a welcoming community.  I would have never dared to ask a question due to the condescending negative responses that were all too present there.  I have been searching threads here and have found nothing but supportive, helpful information.  I think I am going to like hanging out here!

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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2016, 04:20:48 pm »
Yeah boy!  Easy people to "talk" with here!  That and LOT'S of experiance they are willing to share.  Welcome to the forum, I think you're going to dig it here!  Ted
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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2016, 04:46:27 pm »
Welcome Rick Ya A pretty laid back bunch of beekeepers here that are willing to help and give advice.
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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2016, 05:24:57 pm »
We've all tried the rest, and then found the best!  ;D Bees and fun, that's what we do here.
PS, anyone who can grow a beard like that is gonna fit right in! :laugh: You look like a young riverrat.
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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2016, 07:10:04 pm »
Thanks, something tells me that growing the beard will turn out to be much easier than beekeeping. But, I look forward to the adventure.

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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2016, 09:06:04 pm »
We bee happy folk round here. Welcome :yes:
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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2016, 07:58:25 am »
Welcome Rick! Check out the Michiana beekeepers Association, they might be in your neck of the woods. I've been to their meetings before, good solid folks.
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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2016, 08:03:48 am »
Welcome ask anything
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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2016, 09:24:25 am »
Welcome Rick! Check out the Michiana beekeepers Association, they might be in your neck of the woods. I've been to their meetings before, good solid folks.


Thanks, I have sent a few emails to the contacts that I could find online.  So far, no response.  Hopefully I hear back from someone as I am sure I could benefit greatly from an association.

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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2016, 12:43:50 pm »
Summers are a busy time most groups take the summer of other than field days but start again in September.
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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2016, 01:28:57 pm »
Summers are a busy time most groups take the summer of other than field days but start again in September.

Thanks, that is good to know.  I thought maybe it was just me. :D

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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2016, 02:11:53 pm »
Welcome Rt, this is the place to bee for picking the brains of very knowledgable folks.  I am a 2nd year beek, lost both my hives in late February but I am back at it again.  If you can find a mentor, that will be a big help!

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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2016, 05:45:55 pm »
Well Met! When i saw his Pic I also thought maybe he was a relative or RR's  :)
   Don't get discouraged by information overload while you try to learn how to keep bees.  Prepare to make mistakes, we all did. Usually, the bees are capable of fixing whatever we mess up.
   Check out my site as well if you get time, I hope it helps give you some confidence about getting started, and keeping bees in a simple basic manner that first year.
   http://www.outyard.net/index.html
   There are a LOT of experienced beekeepers here, and they/we are willing to help when you do have questions.   Already looking forward to your pictures and questions!!!
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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2016, 08:47:59 pm »
Well Met! When i saw his Pic I also thought maybe he was a relative or RR's  :)
   Don't get discouraged by information overload while you try to learn how to keep bees.  Prepare to make mistakes, we all did. Usually, the bees are capable of fixing whatever we mess up.
   Check out my site as well if you get time, I hope it helps give you some confidence about getting started, and keeping bees in a simple basic manner that first year.
   http://www.outyard.net/index.html
   There are a LOT of experienced beekeepers here, and they/we are willing to help when you do have questions.   Already looking forward to your pictures and questions!!!

Thanks so much; I have been pouring over your site as well as the forum. I am actually getting closer to thinking this might be something that even I can do. Hoping to hook up with a local experienced keeper to mentor me also. It is very exciting to think about and I really appreciate the warm welcome here.

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Re: Hello from Northern Indiana
« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2016, 09:36:42 pm »
Howdy Rick, new here today also got a warm welcome.... Also new to beekeeping this year and did same as you, spent several months learning and deciding if it was for me. It was......
Cheers, Bill
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