It’s not a dumb question Allison. I am discovering just how complex bee keeping is. We need to set up appropriate homes for bees but then we need to get bees to live in them. My original plan was to encourage bees from an old dead tree on my place only to discover the bees had already departed. I needed a plan B. I ordered a “nuc”. This is a little box of bees complete with a laying queen. It’s coming in Spring so I need to have built my hive by then. I’m into woodwork so am building it myself.
Just in case plan B doesn’t work out I’m also planning to build a few cheap trap hives out of polystyrene boxes. I will set these up in strategic locations in a few of the trees on my 2ha property at Mullumbimby.
By the time my flow hive turns up in December I plan to have my first hive established.
Hope this helps. Please remember I am a total novice at this game.
I expect Pilliga would be a great place for keeping bees. I went to school in a place with similar vegetation to the Pilliga. It was called Terry Hie Hie and my Dad was the schoolteacher. The village was at the edge of a large cypress pine and iron bark forest, similar to the Pilliga. Iron bark honey would be one of my favourites.