2494Re: [TopHive] Re: New to Beekeeping Starting with top bars.
- Jan 6, 2012In a message dated 1/6/2012 10:49:05 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
welcome to the most exciting hobby.
You can open your hive when the temperature is above 50 deg F. If it is
cold the bees build a cluster which should be now close to the entrance.
The cluster will move to the back as they consume the honey. If there is
honey left in the front they will not come back to it when the honey in the
back is gone, but you can rearrange the bars. As soon as it is warm enough in
spring check them out. If they are out of honey you can feed them fondant.
Even if you do everything right there is a chance that one or both
colonies don't make it through the winter. Don't be discouraged and allow yourself
to make mistakes. Good decisions come from experience and experience comes
from bad decisions. You learn and become better.
I strongly recommend that you contact your local beekeeper club and enroll
in a class or find a mentor. The class is best because the contact with
other "newbees". Twenty students have more questions than one. If you see
your teacher open a hive or if you have a mentor present when you open your
bees the first time you will gain the confidence that makes all the
difference. Also, beekeepers are the nicest people and you may find some real
In May you can split your colonies and fill the two empty hives. If your
bees don't make it you have to buy new packages of bees. You must order them
as soon as possible. Some suppliers take orders now.
Where are you located?
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