Re: Just when I think I understand them, they send me back to the drawing board
You will learn nothing if you don't sit outside the hive and watch, look inside the hive and see how things are supposed to look and note when something changes....When you have your finger on the pulse of the hive, you can make a diference when it matters. You can be independent and proficient once you learn about the hive....Otherwise not.
Originally Posted by KatGold
Keep your motives for beekeeping in mind as you decide your inspection regimine. Then, balance what is best for your motives and the needs of the bees. They can survive a lot of interference by you and me. I keep bees because I like having them around. I don't care about the honey. I'm cursed with a curious mind, and curious minds want to know things. Sometimes that curiosity sets them back. As long as I don't squish the queen, introduce AFB with my hive tool, take their winter stores or perpetrate some catastrophic harm to the colony, I'm fine with it. Do no harm, but watch and inspect enough to satisfy your curosity and become proficient as a responsible beekeeper. One visit a year is not enough to really 'look after' your bees.
My 2 cents, HTH
Last edited by Lburou; 06-30-2012 at 10:34 PM.
I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)