Re: New to bees
If you are starting with no drawn comb like a lot of us do, make sure you can feed them with 1:1 sugar syrup. In your area, they have to be well built up before Winter.
Originally Posted by jspald1
Don't worry about small cell. It doesn't work. make sure you test for Varroa and have an integrated pest management program. Drone trapping is a good way to start but you have to keep at it.
I would start with wood frames and snap in plastic foundation. It's a lot easier to get the comb to go straight. If you want to go foundationless at some point, checkerboard foundationless frames with drawn comb next year. Most of my foundationless turned into drone comb, so I am going to convert them to drone traps. (BTW, if you go foundationless, they won't build small cells)
If you are just starting out, buying nucs is a good way to go as you already have some brood and drawn comb.
Not necessary but recommended that you start with 2 hives so you can compare.
I want bees that make up for my mistakes.