Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)
I agree that discussing the likelyhood that all their hives will die the first year is crucially important. It is part of learning to be a beekeeper. Also important is the need to wear proper protective clothing. A new beekeeper should expect to get stung as they learn how to handle the bees. Trying to work the bees in shorts and a tee shirt like they see in so many youtube videos will make a new beek afraid to work the hives the first time the bees get defensive.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.