Re: b) First equipment & supplies to obtain
Has anyone mentioned that if you are going to feed -- and you WILL want to feed -- you need an extra hive body to put the feeder in. An extra hive body for each hive is best. It doesn't matter if you are using a special feeder insert, a bucket, or a collection of smaller jars, they really work best when inside an extra box.
Some people buy a fancy feeder that comes in its own box, which is fine if you're into recreational shopping. Some people use one of those entrance feeders which is a bad idea (my opinion). Some people try to do exterior feeding which is probably best left to experienced beeks.
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