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  1. A joint effort to develop an FAQ on all aspects of beginning beekeeping.

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    1. What needs to be considered before taking the first step.

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    2. Covers all the basic equipment needed to begin. Type, size, cost, etc.

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    3. Books and resources for the beginner.

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    4. Location, direction, stands, for hives. Things to consider when choosing an apiary site.

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    5. Package/Nuc, Swarms, Breed, etc.

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    6. For discussion of the various types of hives; Langstroth, Top Bar, etc., and how to do an initial setup. Things to consider, pros and cons; such as future extracting issues and supering. Frame and foundation types.

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    7. First season management to obtain strong colonies for wintering. How often to inspect, seasonal timing, and things to be looking for. Will/should I get honey the first year?

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    8. Different "treatment" paths to consider, pro/con. IPM strategies. What should a first year beekeeper concern themselves with?

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    9. Should you take honey the first year? If so, how? How much? Various methods for harvesting the honey.

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    10. Preparing for winter. Do I need to feed? What about reducing the entrance? Wrap the hive?

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  2. This forum is dedicated to the discussion and research of all genres of beekeeping history, including; Bee Management, Persons of Beekeeping, Bee Hunting, Archaeology of Beekeeping, Tall Tales, Folklore, Superstitions, Medicine, Beekeeping Antiques, Science and Bees in Warfare.

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  3. This is a general beekeeping forum to discuss all the various topics on beekeeping that don't fit in any of the other beekeeping forums.

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    1. Help build a database of bloom dates.

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    2. Help build a database of swarm dates.

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    3. Laws pertaining to beekeeping.

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  4. You're thinking about it or have already taken the first step. Beekeeping basics spoken here!

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  5. Discussion on use and design of hive parts, tools and accessories.

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  6. Identifying and treating diseases and pests.

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  7. Queen characteristics, behaviors, problems as well as bee breeding.

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  8. Minimalist beekeeping au natural.

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  9. Swarming hives as well as techniques and experience catching those "wild" bees.

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  10. Dividing or combining a colony. How-to, problems and fixes.

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  11. Discussing and formulating honeybee management methods that cooperate as much as possible with natural bee biology without resorting to the use of chemicals and drugs.

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  12. Nectar and pollen sources. Creating bee friendly spaces in gardens.

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  13. Warre hive beekeeping.

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  14. Observation hive construction and management.

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  15. The raising, keeping and other issues of concern for pollinating bees, other than the honey bee.

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  16. A place to post and view photos and videos about beekeeping.

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    1. A place to post and view videos about beekeeping.

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