starter bees

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by radarguy, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. radarguy

    radarguy New Member

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    Total newbie here. I've posted a couple of questions on this forum and have gotten terrific help.

    I just finished building my hive (see below) and feel like I should start planning for installing bees in the spring (it's mid-January right now). My first questions are:

    1. Where/how do I get a set of "starter bees and a queen?"
    2. When do I actually set the hive out and add the bees. I live in Andover MN, just north of Minneapolis. Do I place the hive based on outside temperature overnight, or is there some other criterion?
    3. What do i feed them during the first few weeks, and how can I tell when they don't really need to be fed.

    Thanks for any help you can give on these basic questions.

    Kevin (radarguy)

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  2. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    best way to get your first nuc is to try and find someone local, they wont deliver them to you till your area is warm enough for them to start a new hive.and they would answer many of your quetions and they may be a source for info on their bees later on.. 50/50 sugar water should be fed to them to help them get established..with a new nuc I fed them for a few months till summer and then feed again win the fall..
     

  3. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    and when you start that nuc you will be putting out one box with frames, your bottom board and lid. Too much real estate is a real thing
     
  4. VikingCNP

    VikingCNP New Member

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    The university of MN has an awesome bee website. I just completed the Beekeeping in Northern Climates class.
     
  5. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    got a link?