I’ve just joined up to the forum as we’re really excited to start adding bee’s to our family. My wife and I live on a 15 ha (37 acre) property about 9 km (5.5 miles) from the ocean. We’re gradually heading towards a goal of self-sufficiency however we’ve only been living here permanently for 8 months, so we’re only just starting out. So far we have a beautiful flock of Orpington (Black and Cuckoo) chickens we’re breeding (9 adults and 14 chicks, with 12 Orpington and 12 Dorkings currently incubating), some veggies and citrus with a large veggie patch and large orchard under construction. We’re also experimenting with growing our own feed for the chickens as well as native pasture (kangaroo grass) for future livestock. We’ve got a reasonably large 2-3 day dam being dug and the property is 95% forested with remnant native vegetation (lots of eucalyptus, melaleucas and grevillas).
We’ve followed the Flowhive since it launched and love the look of the product and the concept behind it and think it’ll make a great addition. I love insects and macro-photography and have kept many different species over the years to study. We have TONS of native bees, we love watching them going about their business, they’re the most gentle calm insects.
The only local beekeeper I’ve managed to reach out to slammed the Flowhive which was disappointing, but this didn’t put us off. I’m looking at doing an online bee keeping course of some description (hard to do one in person due to our location) and i’ll continue to try and find an open minded local mentor.
We’ve got lots of questions and love learning!
Thanks for having us!