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I’m new here so just wanted to say hello. I am a soon to be beekeeper and can’t wait to get started. I have my flow hive ready to go and am just waiting for springtime to get some bees. I have been watching all the flow hive videos and reading as much as i can. I would love to hear any tips that you wish someone had told you when you first started

Thanks

Jason

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Welcome Jason!
You’ll get plenty of good advice here I’m sure, from some very experienced beekeepers.
There’s also a heap of information here to help get you started: https://support.honeyflow.com/
Give us a yell if you need any assistance as you get your colony established :slight_smile:

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Hey there Jason! Welcome. Tips? I’m in my 3rd year and have 6 flow hives and 17 Langstroth hives. I didn’t intend to get this big so my tips are all about making sure you contemplate how you will manage more hives than you think you want so you can be ready. It is super important to be able to put equipment out when it is called for so make sure you always have more than you think you need on hand. My other advice is to get involved in a local beekeeping group and go visit other beekeepers and see how they manage their yards. It has been one of the most fun things I’ve done since beekeeping, and I’ve been able to make lots of new friends who never tire of talking bees the way other people may. And you can always help each other out when the time comes since by then your friends circle is even bigger.

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Hey Jason - welcome! I wish I’d had a live in-person mentor when I started out 5 years ago. The folks on this forum made up for it many times over, but like Tim said it’s really nice to connect with people and see first hand how they do things. Oh, and get a shed for all your bee stuff!! Plus a garden cart to lug it to and from when you inspect.

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Be very, very careful Jason. Bee keeping is very addictive.
tips 1. I advise a minimum of two hives so that if you loose the queen one way or another you can transfer a frame of eggs to the queen-less hive if they fail to produce one themselves. As you already have your smoker going and suited up the extra time to inspect a second hive is no big deal.
2. Always have some spare gear on hand for ‘emergencies’.
3. Join your local bee group and buddy-up with someone there, even if they are a beginner two minds and four eyes are a benefit.
4. Don’t be shy about asking for advice and help, no question is a silly question when you don’t know the answer already.
5. If the bees are really noticeably angrier then close up and call it a day. It could be the weather and nothing to do with the hive, but on the other hand if they have run out of room for storing the honey, for example, that can upset them. Bees don’t know how to stop foraging so can get a bit hot when the hive is honey bound.
6. Register your hive with the DPI, it is required by law.
7. Be considerate of your neighbors but also accept some may object to you having bees, I have one like that next door, you just have to live with ignorant people sometimes. My hives are 4k’s away from home but she complained that I had new bee gear at home that I was painting.
Cheers

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There is also a very nice web site where you can learn beekeeping from videos by internationally recognized experts. You do have pay a subscription, but it is a very fast way to get top level information. Just a thought. :blush:

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Thanks for all the tips. Unfortunatly this pandemic has limied any hands on interaction with other bee keepers as our movements are very restricted here in Melbourne. But i will get involved as soon as we are allowed to move around again.

Thanks Dawn. I signed up for the free first months trial and watheched all the videos but i will definly get a paid description and watch all the videos again.

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