Thanks everyone, very nice of you to jump in. The freak snowstorm is wreaking havoc with my bees. I wanted to keep feedin them 2:1 but now thinking of pulling it all off and rigging for winter, any thoughts?
Hello everyone. I live about an hour North of Syracuse N.Y. I'm planning on buying a hive, and trying my hand at beginner beekeeping this spring. I became really interested this year and have been trying to educate myself online as much as possible. I'm buying my first hive and will build any future ones myself.(I think lol). I don't seem to have any bee clubs or such near me. So any wisdom or advice from some of you experienced beekeepers would be greatly appreciated. The hive I'm buying is from Rossman Apiaries.(cedar). The nuc of bees I'm still shopping around for. My inexperience and the fact that I'll start out with one hive(is that a good idea?), makes me nervous about all the bad things like ccd and varroa mites that can happen.
Welcome t the forum, Woody
Wait till spring before you buy.
If you can, prepare equipment during the winter months.
Two hives is the best number to start with---If you mess up the queen of one, you can use the other for a source of help.
I go along with what efmesch said. Especially 2 hives, this gives you a chance to compare them.
Where are you at north of Syracuse?
I run freight up to La Fargeville alot.
There is another beek on the forum (I can't remember his name) who is from Mexico, NY. That's up in your neck of the woods.
You have come to the right place to learn about beekeeping. There are quite a few friendly folks here who are happy to share their knowledge.