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Summer Start U? Mornington Peninsula, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia


#1

I live in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula and would like to know if I should or could start colonising my Hive. No yield expected but maybe a stable family for next Spring/Summer.
Your thoughts appreciated


#2

Tony, I was down that way last week and the weather was fine ( considering it has 4 seasons in one day :rofl::rofl:) still plenty of time until autumn. All good to go.


#3

@Margaritaville I agree with @Jeffm. Now is probably a good time for you to get started.Given you live on the Mornington Peninsula and likely with a mix of native and non-native plants in your area you should be okay for nectar/pollen sources to help your colony get established. If you’re concerned, just do a weekly inspection for the first month or two and make sure you’re seeing nectar and pollen come into the hive (If you’re not seeing that than you might need to temporarily feed, but I’d imagine that would only be needed for a few weeks, at most, during the peak of cough your summer cough :wink:

I reckon if you start now you’ll get your first harvest mid-spring 2018.


#4

Thank you. Gives me time to start learning too


#5

Thank you. Will be great to get a head start methinks


#6

Hi Tony, I’m not too far away from you, base of the Dandynong Ranges and I started my first hive in December last year. Just remember the have the brood box full of honey! pollen and brood before you add the super and inspect weekly and all should be good. Dont forget to ask questions if you are unsure about anything.