frostbite: How about all these newbies post an introduction message, with some background on why they're prepping, what they have done so far, what they want to achieve etc.
May 23, 2020 16:24:22 GMT 10
Having bee hives has been on my interest list for a few years now. Main issues holding me back is the startup capital and getting it registered etc with the council and finding a suitable place to put them. As I know a great spot on council land near town here, but they would surely get trashed by the grubs in this town
By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail. -- Ben Franklin
Smart luck is when you work your arse off, so when the opportunity presents itself, you don't have to pray for dumb luck.
We have a neighbor, about 3km as the crow flies, that keeps a LOT of bees...
He is head of the local bee keepers group and gives beginners classes in spring. I have Sweetie signed up for that as she has an interest.
Biggest issues here are winter and bears.... Neighbor has had a lot of bear trouble over the years.. They will eventually defeat everything you do. Fences, electric fences, dog run enclosures, you name it. I usually hear his big 300 magnum "taking care of business"
Except this last summer. It was quiet.. I ask him last fall about that. He said he took an old 20' shipping container he uses for storage, put a hand rail around the top and put his hives on top of the container. He uses a ladder to get up and down. Lying the ladder on the ground when not in use. Bears have not defeated that one yet...
The farther north you go, the more things that can and will eat you and your horse. Grandpa Gilbert Keep your stick on the ice. Red Green
There was a company in qld not so long ago offering paid beekeeping apprenticeships, only for juniors though i think, cant remember the name but would most likely bee a pretty worthwhile job given the bees circumstances today. My grandfather was a beekeeper, had about a dozen hives in the Berseker Ranges, he showed me a few things when i was younger, how to raid a hive and use an extractor.
Last Edit: Dec 4, 2019 23:35:27 GMT 10 by wanderer