New beekeeper from Minnesota

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by dgrc, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. dgrc

    dgrc New Member

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    My wife and I are first year-beekeepers with one hive tucked discretely away in our back yard in a Twin Cities MN suburb. I took the U of M extension course in beginning beekeeping in early March and was lucky enough to buy a 3 pound package when a local supplier had an order cancelled.

    The colony has been installed for about a week and a half and seems to be doing well -- as best I can tell as a rookie. I did my first hive inspection a week after installing. They were drinking sugar syrup and chomping pollen patty. There was some comb being laid down on foundation and lots of eggs in a central frame.

    With decent weather this week, there has been lots of activity. I see about 1 bee in 10 entering the hive body with pollen. I hope the rest are bringing in nectar.

    Beekeeping has been a "bucket list" sort of thing for more than 30 years. The first week and a half has been all I hoped for and a good deal more.

    Looking forward to participating in this forum and learning from the wisdom of this crowd.

    -Don
     
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    kebee Active Member

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    Welcome dgrc to the forum, just ask questions when thing come up and we will try to answer.

    ‚ÄčKen
     

  3. dgrc

    dgrc New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome.

    First question: When do I switch the entrance reducer from small hole to large? At the peak of their activity, there's a real traffic jam. On the other hand, it's a very young colony; I don't want to do anything that might expose it to harm.
     
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    Welcome! :hi:

    You will get lots of answers here. And, they are all informed and reasonable.

    IMO, 2 weeks out, about 3" opening would be fine; the girls should be settled in and feeling at home. You will not have an increase in population for another 3-4 weeks, then you could easily go to 6".

    I have trouble with yellow jacket robbing, so I tend to keep entrances smaller, unless I am worried about ventilation (high moisture, high heat, etc). I have noticed that commercial b-keeps with mobile hives keep relatively small entrances to Langstroths.