15 Considerations before you start. It is as important to place the bees in a convenient location for you to access and ensure the proper care and maintenance of the hive. It’s a balanced relationship between you and your bees. That being said, it is very important that you place your bees in a good location.
Everything you will need to get started beekeeping. If you are under the impression that all you have to do is put bees (or even a single queen) in to a box, turn a tap, and get honey, you are in for a surprise. Bees are animals and you will be taking on farming and animal husbandry. We can help you get started.
BEEKEEPING BOOK LIST
This is a listing of all kinds of books for all ages and levels of readers. Everything from gardening to native bee publications, to fictional tales of wonder and adventure. Have a look around and click on what draws you in. The links will take to you a website where you can purchase the book or find it online.
NATIVE BEE FACT SHEETS
We are passionate about all pollinators. On this page, you will be able to receive downloadable PFD's to help you understand more about bumble bees and solitary bees in your own backyard.
PROBLEM SOLVING: RAISING QUEENS
Raising queens can be difficult when you are learning. There are a lot of moving parts and getting to a point where you can act confidently means you have to know where opportunities for error can occur. This resource will help you identify these areas of risk in raising your own queens.
SEASONAL INDICATORS OF MANAGEMENT
As a beginner beekeeper, knowing when the seasons are transitioning, what management is required, and what to look out for can be extremely difficult. This is why we have created a simple flow chart that will apply to where you are, in your season, at your own timing.
There is a lot to be said for a well kept beekeeping log, especially throughout the winter months as you review your beekeeping season, make decisions on spring management, and try to understand more about what succeeded and what failed. If you don’t take good notes, are you learning as quickly as you could be?
SUPERING FOR WAX PRODUCTION
Wax is your biggest asset as a beekeeper. Even more so than the bees. If you don’t have wax, you have no where for the queen to lay, no where for pollen and honey to store, and no way to suppress swarms in an efficient way. This is why you should always be managing your bees for maximum wax production.
PLANTS AND THEIR POLLEN COLOUR
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