First off let me say this: If there are other topics that I have missed (a lot to read, so I can’t say I didn’t miss my answers) please point me in the direction.
Here are a couple quick facts about me:
- I am going to be new to Beekeeping, but will be talking to an old Beekeeper locally very soon and then hopefully once I have talked to them I can find a few other locals on Facebook (my wife noticed someone that was posting on FB that they would be relocating bees from a local sugar factory so they weren’t exterminated so I figure that means I should be able to find some one)
- I will probably be putting the bees in my garden since it is inside of a nice fence to avoid any risk of critters messing with the hive and near several sources of water, plus good plants and flowers.
- It can be very hot summers, very cold winters and very wet springs and other years just average (climate here in Western Nebraska is crazy)
- I plan to only harvest honey from my Flow Hive and hopefully as my hive grows I can split my hive and get a new Flow Hive kit and put them somewhere else on our land (70 acres)
- I got the “Complete Full Flow Hive” coming
I am figuring I should have a regular hive or a few of them to keep for over winter since I don’t plan to harvest any non-Flow Hive frames (we aren’t setup for that). What type/size of hive should that be so the Flow Hive can sit directly on top? I figured I would get these frames and everything setup/bought before I got my Flow Hive and then would I want to introduce the bees into the standard hive or or the Flow Hive?
Looks like a farm and ranch store here (Bomgaars) carries a fare bit of Beekeeping materials. I didn’t get the name brand, but will check that out (they had a bunch of it on the center isles as you walked to the back of the store) and I know we can order bees from them (not sure on the NUC they come in - I will check).
Thanks in advance!