31 January 2014

Our bees have made it through the winter. As they warm up they are feasting on pollen patties.

4 comments:

Gossamer Beynon said...

Hello,I've been reading a lot about bees this winter and I'm thinking of getting some this spring. How have you found it? Have you had a specific book/ website you've found invaluable?

wrenna said...

The best advice I can offer is to get in touch with your local honeybee supplier and organization. Beekeepers love to organize. We read Beekeeping for Dummies, but really it was the one-on-one interaction with other beekeepers that shaped how we most successfully approached the hive.

I used to adore looking down at all the bees but their venom has become increasingly strong. My biggest struggle is with my fellow beekeeper, my mom, who worries incessantly about the collapse of our hive and makes tending the hive very stressful. I think you need to be able to relax a bit, and to recognize that you are dealing with wild animals who are extremely sensitive to your cues, but able to go a long way in taking care of themselves.

gossamer beynon said...

Thanks, I think that's a good idea too. Our local bee keeping club is going to do some workshops soon so I think I'll go along to them before I take the plunge.

wrenna said...

I wish you great things with your potential hives! I think you're off to a fantastic start if your local beekeeping club does workshops.