Hello everyone! I'm from Deep East Texas just to give ya a location. I've never kept bees before in all my 4 decades of life but here I am. I've watched all the docus I could on Netflix and Amazon Prime, and well, there's the Mother Nature channel too. I've always been intrigued by bees and finally having some time to set aside(not sure really, because the bees certainly don't need me) I decided to try my hand at keeping them. I built a Kenyan top bar hive, found a keeper that had some for sale(wish I had waited but I'm still happy), and so here I am.
After 4 days, I never expected them to have so much comb drawn. It still amazes me. And 12 days later I still have a hard time believing how much work they've accomplished. I never wanted this for the honey. I didn't want to have to heft those heavy boxes so I chose something different. I love to take my chair out by my hive and just watch and read. It's really very relaxing. I know that at some point I will have some untoward tasks that will be just as unnatural as humans keeping bees in any sort of boxes! but right now I just get to watch.
I don't like gloves. They interfere with my sense of touch. I don't like to smoke my bees; that just seems to make the ones on the other side of the bar fan much more, and make one or two upset. I do like my brush because it's just one layer of very soft horsehair and I only use it to prod the ladies in the direction they already want to go, which is inside. I am still feeding them, even though they are foraging but we had an unexpected cool front along with a heavy deluge of rain. I worry about that but I'm sure they know best.
I wish all of you the best! I am happy a place of information like this exists; it's very useful. I will post some photos when I next upload my phone.