Re: Preparing for first hive, thinking backwards
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Its reasonable to expect that local (Ohio) responsible beekeepers selling bees are likely to do so only at a time when those bees are likely to survive. Here's an Ohio vendor offering dates in late March thru May:
Originally Posted by Chemguy
I don't see how you can go wrong with picking a delivery date in April. Generally, if you are establishing a package, plan to feed syrup initially regardless of the weather conditions. When there is adequate nectar available locally, your bees will likely stop taking the sugar anyway.
And see if you can find a local club to join, even before you get you first bees. You will likely learn a lot about local conditions. One of the most valuable feature of my local club is there is always someone who can talk what is blooming, and identify plants that grow wild on my property or nearby.
While having a specific date for bee delivery is fine, get your hives prepared earlier than that target date. In 2012 I ordered bees from Arnold Honeybee Services in Knoxville TN, and the agreed date was March 30.
About March 10th, I got a call from them offering the bees 2 weeks early. It was offered as an option (I could have waited til the 30th), but I had to scramble to finish up the last hive before picking up the bees 2 weeks early. That decision worked out fine, the bees are doing well, and I'm very pleased with my Arnold bees.
Last edited by Rader Sidetrack; 12-06-2012 at 07:59 AM.
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