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Weekender advice


#1

Hi, am new to the forum and yet to purchase, but had a quick question. I used to keep bees as a teenager, and recently went on a refresher course. I have recently purchased a weekend property 2 hours north of Sydney which we visit almost every weekend. I intend to get a hive or 2, just wanted some advice as to whether the community felt that attending to the hives only on a weekend was enough? From memory it is, but would be interested to hear similar situations.

Thanks


#2

Hi Jon, I don’t have a similar situation. However once a weekend should be ample.

The only down side I can see is if you have neighbors up there, if the bees swarm during the week, will that cause an issue?

A bloke up our way’s hive swarmed. Lucky he was able to catch it from the property next door. That was two weeks ago, since then it swarmed twice.

I would imagine that that could cause problems if you weren’t around to deal with the situation, should that happen.


#3

Its a farm property so neighbors aren’t too much of an issue. Thanks for the reply


#4

Ahhh, well done, you’re welcome Jon.


#5

Hi Jon,
I keep a number of hives on the edge of Sydney and only visit every 3-4 weeks, you will have to do a bit of swarm management throughout spring and keep a catch box or bait hive handy so if they do swarm then they will find the box and move in.
Your weekender idea will work fine.


#6

Perfect, thanks for the advice,

Jon


#7

Hi John,

Looks like you have a “GO !” Or green light bro ! I help a commercial beekeeper … we only get to the bees every other week n sometimes only once a month. They do just fine n dandy.

I’m luck at my personal Apiary being in my own back yard. When I go out to check the chickens I glance or serious recheck once in awhile. I only dive in heads first about once every couple weeks unless I note something strange or weird.


You’ll be perfectly okay … enjoy n take care.

Gerald (up east of Seattle).


#8

Thanks! All good, hive ordered, now to find bees…