I suppose your right about beekeeping being pretty deep in trying to understand it well.
You mentioned not having the \"knowledge or experience\". It does take some studying. As far as experience, I started out with none. I did have about six months to study up on the subject before the bees arrived.
As far as learning beekeeping frome more than one website. I believe that if you have 12 beekeepers, you will have 6-8 different ways to keep bees. So when you look at different sites you may become confused because of the many different ways of doing things.
I feel it's best to find one reputable site or book and follow their one method from start to finish. The book I found to be easy to follow from installing the bees, first and second inpection, when to add boxes and when not to, all equipment explained, harvest and disease.
Funny that you posted this Classic. I just ordered some mason bees for my orchard. They are a lot easier to care for and better polinators, but don't produce honey. I'd like to have some honey bees but just don't have the time. Good luck makin honey!
Do you have a bear problem there? I know most beekeepers around here have the hives fenced off.
On my third year Beekeeping. Read lots of info off the net and books nothing like the hands on experience. Very interesting hobby. Have two hives and looking to do some splits this spring to expand. If anybody is looking for bee's now is the time to order them.
I did check the beekeeping forum out and I really appreciate you posting it. It seems amazingly similar to this forum in many ways only it's obviously about bees. Looks like I will have a new forum to study up on and learn from during the next few cold months.
Thanks again Classicfur for getting this topic started and thanks Trahn007 for posting the beekeeping forum link.
I hear your excitement in wanting to try bees. You say your \"hooked already\". Give it one season and you will Really be Hooked! Good Luck!
I've heard of Mason Bees, but not sure what they are. Do you keep them in a regular wooden box hive?
Bears will more than likely be a problem. And yes a fence is the easiest way to keep them out.
All they do is reproduce, polinate and die. You can drill 5/8\" x 6\" holes in blocks of wood or fill pvc pipes w/ 5/8\" straws. The female finds these holes and lays her eggs in them for the next years emergance. She seals of the holes with mud, thus the term \"mason\" bee.