Re: Advice on plans for 2013
I concur with others responses, keep the amount of out yards to a minimum. Put as many hives as you are allowed in each out yard. If you have two hives here and two hives there, you will spend a fortune in gas and eventually you will find it to be a pain in the butt and will start to lose interest.
I had three locations this year with 4 at one, 2 at another and 4 at another. All of them were 25-30 minutes from my house. I had to make the rounds after work (hives are in the same town as I work) which took atleast an hour if I didnt have to to do anything other than a quick check and that would put me smack dab into a heavy commute home. I went from checking them weekly to every other week, and the yards were 7 miles apart. I ended up moving 4 hives back into the yard with the other four hives which cut a lot of travel time and provided more hands on time instead, which I enjoy a lot more!!
Remember, keep it as simple as possible so you can dedicate more time to the bees instead of the windshield!!
Goodluck with your endevour!!
Coyote Creek Bees - Beekeeping for 2 years. Number of hives - 17
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