Snowy Mountains, NSW, Australia

Hi all, I’m based in the Jindabyne / Cooma area and am looking for a mentor, or other like minded bee people. I have two Flow hives and about to be buying bees in October. Facebook etc are great tools, but there is no substitute for face to face time. Anybody here from the area? Thanks, Olivier

No good to you as a mentor. One bit of advice though, start knitting bee socks early, its amazing how many you will need for a hive in winter :sunglasses::smile::grin::nerd_face:

Cheers
Rob.

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I was down your way a couple of weeks back checking out the Flora around Jindabyne, Kiandra and Bombala, have to say its a very harsh environment for bees though a good rain in spring and summer could bring about some sensational honey flavours. Would you be prepared to move your hive/s? Winter sets in early (April/May) and will go for longer 4-5months. There would not be many permanent beekeepers about but I would suggest contacting the ACT Beekeepers, they may know someone in your area who can give you advice in keeping your bees alive over winter.

http://www.actbeekeepers.asn.au/

Thanks for taking the time to answer my cry of help.

Everything here is a challenge! I am placing the hives in the middle of my newly planted 50 tree Orchard (another 50 tree will be planted over the next 12 months) and additionally I am planting anything that flowers. I’m also undertaking a planting of 200 flowering gum trees (in two stages).

The ACT beekeepers are cool, but meeting are mid week and we are a 2 hours drive. We have a local beekeeper, who is selling his honey locally and he is not keen to share…

I was going to introduce two colonies this spring, but perhaps I start with one hive this spring and another next year?

Moving hives is not a problem…just need to know how or where to?.

Regards,
Olivier

Go for two hives if you can. Gives you an insurance policy.

Cheers
Rob.

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I have always been a firm believer in a minimum of having two hives, they, combined, will give you messages if what you are doing is right if you find one hive falling off so you can try to figure out why; and the amount of extra time with a second hive is minimal in caring for them. Having bees will make you more aware of local conditions in what is flowering and it is a very rewarding interest.
The start up cost can be a bit expensive but the on-going costs are few. Bees will help with pollination in your orchard, that is using lateral thinking.
There is a lot of valuable help on the forum and a good bunch of bee keepers.
Regards

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Hi Olivier, was wondering how your hives are going? I am from Cooma and mine have survived so far. Therese

A big welcome to the forum Therese where you will find lots of reading and great people here to give you advice and tips if/when you need it. It is also a great site to find fellow bee keepers in your area to be able to network together.
I hope Olivier gets in touch with you and gets back on the forum and updates us on how things are going up in the high country.
Cheers

Hi
I would love to hear how bees are going in the Snowy Mountains
I’m in Sydney but may be relocating back home to the Snowy Mountains with my urban bees

We do have a member of the forum in Cooma and another further up so hopefully they will notice your thread and make contact with you.
Welcome to the forum where you will find lots of reading and folks here to give good sound advice.
Cheers Don

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Hi Everyone
I moved my hives to Cooma from Sydney early this Winter. I am in town and my bees have headed out every sunny day so far and are returning with pollen sacks full - so far so good.
Cheers Kim

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Hi Oliver I’ve only just joined forum ,I noticed your post . I did a course last November with act bee keepers ,highly recommended it ,it was conducted over 2 Saturdays, about of a drive as I’m in jidabyne area ,bot worth it