Was told all you have to do to start a new hive was to put a couple frames of brood in a box. ****** Not the greatest idea and lacking a few key details.
Yes, it was. In a nutshell it was a load of almost 300 double nucs (2, 4 combers per box) loaded early one morning for a 900 mile trip, then because of a mechanical issue decided to park it in deep shade on a day with afternoon temps peaking out around 70 degrees. By the time we returned with the parts we needed for the fix the damage had already been done with loads of dead bees and a sickening stench. Just too many large hives and too little screen area. It was a hard lesson learned.
"People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney
Another one: Feed them all they will take.
My results: They swarmed a lot more. Also in my earlier days I am sure I harvested some honey from sugar water.
Shoot the list would take an hour to make. If there was "THE" one thing I could go back and change is when I first read about treatment free beekeeping. I wish lighting would have struck and destroyed my computer it would have saved me thousands.
Splitting a first year hive successfully https://youtu.be/ZfRTreQ-S9c
I use all screened bottoms on my hives. i have not tried solids enough to know the difference. But most of the time I have the bottoms closed, so I don't get much ventilation through them anyway. In the winter, I tape the back slot closed, to close it up more. I do open it up sometimes in July and August.
What I like them for is that they give a "window" into the hive. For example, I know I am starting to get mites, because I see them there. I know there is a lot of pollen coming in, they are making wax, cappings are being opened, and the hive is dry, all by pulling the board out and looking at it for a few seconds. It allows me to do mini inspections without a lot of fanfare. That is why I use a screened board.
Back to the topic - everyone has been real helpful to me. Most of my errors were caused by good advice misunderstood or improperly implemented by me.
"IPM will let you go treatment free"
Nucs dont need mite treatment the first season! lucky I got shed of that idea before it was too late.
I learned that one from the internet. Was not worried about mite control. First hive, and the only one I've ever bought for myself, died that fall. Part of that steep learning curve. Good thing I learned about splits and swarm trapping my first year too.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.
Starting TF with free mating.
After bear destroyed nearly all my mating hives, I wanted to ease my work load and start a new kind of system without isolated mating yard queens.
Ended up losing nearly all hives.
Starting out treatment free because "Anyone can do it!". It cost me hundreds of dollars and the frustration practically destroyed my ego and self confidence.
Told treatment free was not possible and you had to count mites.
Glad that I am a slow learner and lazy and cheap. So far so good, knock on wood and all the other caveats that come along with knowing things may change. I might be doing better if I tried another way but could not be happier so far that I did not learn early how to treat. I don't have a way to compare cause I have not tried a different way. I don't have to order anything from a store ever and bee keeping could not be easier.
4th summer and no Crystal ball here. I guess I would rather be lucky then good.