Re: Almost ready to quit and I just started!
In the North East it has been one of the better seasons I have seen in the last 15-20 years. I know people who have pulled surplus off of first year packages.
Originally Posted by sweetas
I find that the biggest mistake new beekeepers make is that they interfere too much. You have to find a balance between inspecting enough to see what is going on and not so much that you roll the queen or knock her out of the hive. Mite counts can be monitored without even opening the hive. You can guess at how strong a hive is by watching the afternoon orientation flights and from that determine if you need to open the hive. etc.
You don't have to do a full inspection (of every frame) every year. Unless I am rearing queens or making splits I never look for the queen and stay completely out of the brood nest.
Beekeeping is like learning to drive. Part of the learning curve is that you are going to kill your first few hives just like you will wreck your first few cars. Most people don't quit driving because they smashed up their car
Always question Conventional Wisdom.