Commercial beekeeping is definitely in decline here in the U.S. too - although hobbyist and sidelining is still on the rise.tecumseh said:I think you could make some of the same conclusions about the number of beekeepers here in the US of A. It also would seem that the timing of this decline is pretty much in lock step with similar declines here.
Wow! That's either extremely brave, or terribly stupid! Even with beekeeping classes, lots of books and several videos online, AND with the most fabulous mentor imaginable.... there is an incredible learning curve with bees. I'm just totally shocked that anyone would do something like that.sqkcrk said:I've also noticed on another forum that there are newbees who aren't reading anything except beekeeping type forums as their source of info. I believe that if you are going to be a beekeeper you aught to get a book or two before you get your smoker, veil and hive tool, which you should get before you get your hive and bees. Don't do as I did.
This was sorta my college professors' Thesis. He wrote about dropping queenless nucs, in styrofoam boxes, into cranberry beds, from helicopters. I don't think anyone did it. I guess the idea was that being queenless they bees would still do their job, but then not being reproductive, they would dwindle and die.tecumseh said:barry writes:
Many people believe that all you do is dump the bees in a cardboard box
if all someone wanted was to provide a small bit of pollination for a truck patch or small garden plot this (the above) might be a good approach. it is kind of the modern day version of 'bee hiver' (someplaces called a beehaver) approach to bee keeping. Which is really non beekeeping essentially.