I’m another newbie waiting on my flow hive to arrive (due in the next few weeks). In the process of learning I became interested in the top-bar hive, and now have hubby putting the finishing touches to one he whipped up in a fit of inspiration on the weekend. We have a couple of acres, loads of flowers (local natives mostly) and a couple of bee-friendly ponds.
The thing is, bees are all over the place already. We’re still having periods of very hot weather (41 C yesterday) and the ponds are absolutely buzzing with hundreds of bees - they’ve been coming here since the first run of really hot weather back in November. I suspect they belong to a handful of hives located approximately 2 km away. We’ve had the ponds here for years, but this year is the first time we’ve had the bees come to them in such huge numbers.
My question is, are these bees likely to pose any problem for our own bees when we get our hives set up?