What do I need to get started in Beekeeping - Spring 2013?

  1. pbuhler
    Now that each of you are members of this forum, you can search for information on this question and post what you find as a "Reply". Remember to cite sources so that readers can find your information and more if they want.

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  2. 18earlet
    After installing the bees, wait a little bit until the bees have calmed down and settled in. It should take 3 or 4 days.
  3. 18MacMEl
    After installing, let the bees settle for a couple of days. Take out the box in a day or two, and check the sugar water. If your hive is going well, the will have started to draw the comb and scout around. http://www.warmcolorsapiary.com/Docu...nagement07.pdf
    Day 1: Do not disturb the bees, but check that they are using the sugar water and look for pollen on their legs.
    Day 4: Check if the queen has been released and if she is laying eggs.
    Every week: Check the bees. The number of bees will go down until after the first 21 days, or until the new workers hatch. Check the brood for eggs, larvae, and capped brood.
    Continue to feed sugar water until two combs have been foundation-ally drawn. If weather becomes hot stop feeding syrup.
    switch foundation with drawn comb.
    After the hive has eight frames drawn, add another hive body (4-5 weeks after installing).
  4. 18BurnMa
    Because the bees are not yet gathering pollen and nectar, you need to feed the bees sugar syrup until they are situated. Athey are situated and finding their own food, you cut back on the amount you check on them, but when you do visit them, you make sure that the queen is laying and there is a good pattern of comb-building in the hive.
    <http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/installing-a-bee-hive-a-nervous-beginners-experiences.html>
  5. 18BurnMa
    Sorry, my link didn't work.
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  6. 18shoeel
    http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex3946 Use sugar syrup or some (very little) smoke to calm the bees. Check that the Queen has been released from the cage and if she has started laying eggs. Look for eggs on the center combs. You do not have to see the queen if eggs are present. Do not pull more frames then is necessary to confirm the Queen is out and laying eggs. Be quick and do not disturb your colony. Continue to feed with syrup. Typically you will use 20 to 25
    pounds of granulated sugar (5-7 gallons of 1:1 syrup) per package to draw two supers of foundation
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