I thought it would be nice to have a forum just for us BC folks.
I’m on Malcolm Island (an island off of Vancouver Island).
We’re new to bee keeping and we are starting off this year with 2 top bar hives. We’ll use our flow hive next year once we have happy and healthy hives.
I’ve got a great mentor and here are some info he has given me:
You’ll need to register with the Ministry of Agriculture. http://www.al.gov.bc.ca/apiculture/apiary_reg_form.htm It’s easy, worthwhile and mandatory.
Plant tons and tons of flowers. Otherwise the honey bees will be competing with the wild mason and bumble bees (and others). Bees do travel quite a ways but we need to provide lots of food too.
Some books that were recommended:
Beginning: Beekeeper’s Handbook Fourth Edition - Dianna Samataro and Alphonse Avitabile (ignore third bullet page 64)
Beginner Top Bar: Thinking beekeeper - Christy Hemenway
Advanced: Top bar Hive Beekeeping Wisdom and Pleasure Combined - Wyatt A. Magnum
I would love to hear tips and information you have! This is going to be fun.