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Starter box finished and waiting for bees


#1

Well, as a complete newbee I thought I’d start slow. Buy a good book or two. Absorb them and whilst doing that start to build and paint a starter kit.

I bought a plastic trestle table from Bunnings for a base and will house this hive and the Flow hive on that once it arrives.

I have gathered all the tools and protective gear I think I’ll need like smoke blower etc.

Now for some bees. I might duck out today and sort out a nuc box for them to travel in.


#2

Oh and this isn’t going to be the hive location. I’m just setting up on the back deck to see how things fit together. What do people think about under a big mango tree?


#3

Hi Kevin, looking good… almost there. How did you go sourcing bees for spring? Under a tree is OK for bees as long as they get some sun during the day, preferably the morning sun. I am not too confident about that table, I use the same type for the farmers market in Sydney to sell honey but I wouldn’t consider it strong or stable enough for a bee hive. I find the best stand to be an old pallet, they are free, sturdy and low to the ground for lifting bee boxes on and off. Attaching a photo of a new hive delivery last week, just prop and level on a few bricks and you’re done.

This one has been painted with a decking stain for waterproofing.


#4

Thanks Rod. I have a couple of pallets laying around. Sound advice thanks.

One of the members (Jeff) has kindly offered to sell me a nuc.

Whereabouts are you located?


#5

I am Sydney not far from the coast and the climate is good for bees year round. 20C days and 8–10C nights. The only other advice I feel compelled to give you is to keep a close eye on your hive, small hive beetle is predicted to be bad next summer. One of the worst on record last summer, many beekeepers I know lost a good percentage of their hives. Best to plan and prepare early. What do you have on your new hive in the way of traps? Anything as yet?


#6

I’ve added a beetle trap with DE in it. So far. I am in Brisbane so similar climate.