Hello there all!
We are new beekeepers in the East Texas area. We’ve pre-ordered our first Flow Hive 2 - scheduled for delivery sometime in May. We’ve purchased other essential equipment, joined a local beekeeper club, reading two books on beekeeping and watched many related videos. We live in the country and on a 6-acre property with a large garden and over 100 fruit trees & berry plants.
We are anxious to get started in beekeeping. Spring is in full swing in our zone (8b) and it just seems like the best time to get a hive set up. I’m afraid if I wait until the Flow Hive 2 arrives in May that I may not get set up until June. I am considering either purchasing a traditional Langstroth hive and bees now or purchasing a Flow Hive 1 and bees now. When the Flow Hive 2 arrives I could use it for expansion or a second set of bees. We plan to be in beekeeping for the long haul so I think 2 hives would be a good start.
Does anyone have recommendations on this plan? Is starting in June too late? If so would you recommend a Langstroth or Flow Hive 1? I would rather not have to deal with separate honey extraction equipment so I’m leaning toward the Flow Hive 1. Can you move bees from a Langstroth to a Flow Hive? Any advice would be welcome!