Just joined the forum and starting to assemble some Bee Keeping knowledge before purchasing our Flow Hives, we are newbies! Already watched many videos and read up on lots of info. Me (Jim) and wife (Jo) have a small holding near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England, UK and now looking into getting some bees both for aiding the environment and of course some lovely honey. Getting quite excited about it but understand we’re coming to the end of the season here for bee keeping, etc.
First couple of questions:
- Am I right it’s too late to start a hive now late summer UK and wait for Spring, or could I start ok now and they’d survive ok through the winter assuming they could get some stores going within the brood box?
- Unsure of the right Flow Hive size for the UK, am I ok with the 6 frame or do I need the 7 frame to aid getting through the winter with extra stores of honey? Website seems to be suggesting 7 frame would be better for our cold winters but multi deals are only on the 6 frame hives… Any advice appreciated on what others do here (or is best) in the UK.
Look forward to chatting and learning in the future.
Jim & Jo