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midwest beekeepers?

 
David Jastram
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Location: Dell Rapids, SD
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Hello everybody. I am a 3rd year beekeeper from SE South Dakota. Are there any other midwest beekeeps in these forums?
 
Nancy Phillips
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Hi Dave!

I just got through my first year of beekeeping in a Warre' hive,..outside of Chicago on a 141 acre site owned by a NFP. We're doing all organic, permaculture etc.
Chicago has been extremely bitter and am hoping for the best. They were really strong going in. I've been following the info from Jacqueline Freeman on forum, and interested in the bee hut idea. When reading about location and going to local meetings, I heard so much about importance of sun. They say Warre takes care of ventillation/helps cooling in summer so can take more direct sun than lang. So I'm confused about its use here vs sunny west coast. I'll get to ask her...if all goes well she'll be giving a talk at our place in August.

How is your winter going so far?
 
David Jastram
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I haven't checked my bees since november. Got my fingers crossed...

Dave.
 
Kevin Hedrick
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SESD here, I have 5 langstroth hives with Italian/Minnesota hygienic bees. Looking for more..
 
Al Senner
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Location: southeast SD (zone 4b/5a)
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whats up folks!? im putting a top bar hive on my turner county property this spring. anybody else mess around with those?
 
David Jastram
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Wow, I'm glad to see people have responded to my post, and locals too!

I tried a top bar, but the bees I bought came in a nuc, and didn't cooperate moving into the TBH.

I still have the TBH, if somebody is interested in it.

Thanks.
Dave.
 
Al Senner
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im interested in that tbh david. i sent you a pm
 
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