Hello all. I am new to bee keeping, started last year only to have my hive abscond in late summer. This year I plan on doing some warre hives and I have read the book Beekeeping for All by Emile Warre.
Gathered from his book, he was much against feeding sugar and letting the bees do what they do on their own. So my question is, how does one start with a package? Do you let them do on their own or feed them? This part was not clear to me.
Also he recommends 2kg of bees, this is about 4.5 pounds. A typical package of bees is 2 pounds, this is roughly 2 pounds short of his recommendation. What are your thoughts? Is one package fine or do you buy 2, one with queen one without? The next question would then be, how to join all bees so everyone gets along?