Hi everyone, I finally have beehives with bees,too. A local beekeeper is selling his 100 plus hives and getting out of the business. He sold me 4 hives and we set them up this evening. i am so excited!
Just remember this JUDELT, you're already doing better than I did starting out... I managed to kill my first hive on the very first day. I swear it musta been some sort of Olympic record... man was it ever heartbreaking when it happened though.
a good number with which to start. dr larry conner recently wrote in one of his journal articles that new bee keepers loose about 2/3 (68% being the number I recall) of their hives in year one. doing the math/probability thingee this means that 2/3 of all new beekeepers who started out with one hive had 0 hives at the beginning of year two.
Another thought might be to see what else this retiring keep has to sell that you may make use of. I realize that buying the hives themselves is a large investment but if you can pick up an extra suit, or veil, smoker, etc. for a good price............................?
Welcome and congratulations. You need to start reading everything you can get your hands on. I never realized there were as many bee books as there are until I started reading. Tons of good info out there (even broken down for us new folks to understand!) And the people here on this forum are A-1! Good luck!
Yes, I have een outside 3 times to watch them inbetween rain showers! even tho it is cloudy, but 64degrees, there are a few flying around! I was also told that two of the hives have lots of honey in them! Larry has been sick and unable to get the honey last fall so there is probably extra honey in each! Ican hardly wait for a warm, sunny day to get the smoker and take a look! And yes, he has other equipment that I was interested and will see him again soon!