Hi! I'm brand new to this site. I have been interested in keeping bees and have just bought an old farm house with plenty of room. Where do I begin?? Can anyone suggest reading materials, web sites, groups, that I can start with? I live in NE PA, but I am not aware of any associations around here. Any direction you guys could give me I would greatly appreciate it. Keep in mind; I'm an absolute beginner, NO experience what-so-ever! Thanx
beesknees68, When I get back to the house tonight, I'll send info on Wayne Co. and state associations. Welcome aboard.
Most books are redundant for the most part. But reading a minimum of two will give you different perspectives. This website has several to choose from.
Please cosider a beginners coarse and/or be humble enough to make a friend with another beekeeper in the area. Swapping stories and having a person to reley on in a sticky situation can really boost confidence and you won't have to learn the hard way with every mistake. And that can get costly.
Read some books. Join a club. Find some beekeepers. Read this board and try to imagine if they were your bees. That sounds like a start. If you think you need to spend more money, send it to Coyote, or me.
Otherwise here's my advice.
It could take a couple of years to get a good amount of extra honey to take for yourself.
I started with large cell foundation and bees. Two years later, I haven't had much honey to speak of.
If I had it to start again, I would learn about small cell foundation and start your bees on this. Clay and others have that info.
My bees got mites, more then likely had mites when I recieved the packages. After two seasons,....I'm treating to manage they have mites.
Mites are your first research project. Problems with mites take up more time and money then the bees will ever take.
Learn about mites and small cell foundation and maybe after you've been caring for bees as long as I have, two years, you might get some honey.
HERE is a perfect place to begin.
Start by reading OLD posts.
Learn to "search"
Please, ASK A LOTS OF QUESTIONS!
I remember, at a local craft fair, asking a beekeeper selling honey, a few questions about beekeeping. He saw I was truly interested, and gave me this advice;
"Find someone who has been keeping bees for a long time, and do what he does. Some who have bees, do it wrong, and they will teach you their mistakes."
Wayne Co. Beekeepers Assoc.
c/o Charles Kinbar
PO Box 1678, Milford, Pa. 18337
Pa. State Bee Assoc.
Pres. Joe Duffy
But contact: Yvonne Crimbring (Sec.)
She can answer questions and take your info for state dues, etc. I think they are still $10.00 They put together a monthly newsletter with advertisments and happenings from around the state. Well worth it. Maybe I'll see you at next years state picnic. Good luck.
Thanks so much everyone!! Coyote & Mike; your $20 is in the mail ^ Thanks BjornBee for the info, Milford is REALLY close so I will be making some phone calls. Daisy, thanks too for the mite info, I never knew that bees could get mites :0?
Have a great day everyone!
>Daisy said: Mites are your first research project. Problems with mites take up more time and money then the bees will ever take.