Last edited by Southwings; 07-28-2014 at 03:09 AM. Reason: Topic
made it to the second year with three hives, zone 6b
I think the large interest in bees is nothing new. Before Varroa Distructor came in country and smashed the majority of hobbyists, there were more bees in the country than now. This is as much a return to the norm as a fad. But we shall see how many stay with it----and chickens. I don't see ostriches and emus anymore and the lamas are mostly refugees on pensions not being allowed to reproduce.
Ha ha... ostriches and emus. How much work are Alpacas? Do they get Varroa mites?
Didn't know about the fad. Just something I've always wanted to do.
5 years-7 hives-T
I am a first year beekeeper. Does that make me a "fad"? I am learning every day, and depend upon Besource for all my education. I love it and expect that I will eventually become a true beek.
The only YouTube video I am qualified to make is to demonstrate EVERY mistake one can possibly make!
I think people are calling it a fad because 20 years ago if you went to a beekeeper meeting they were mostly men over 50 and had been doing it their whole lives. Now there are more women than men, more young than old and the numbers have skyrocketed. Some of those will stay with it though. Beekeeping is very addicting...
Can't wait to tell the lads at the club I'm the first to be a beekeeper. Now can you tell me how to get these bugs into this box?
5 years-7 hives-T
I suppose that some people continue their cheery speculations about urban honey and bees with their non beekeeping friends and consumers who know as much about bees as they do.
chlorine does not seem to bother bees they might actually like it. and you are right lots of undesireable stuff out there everywhere.