Hello! I'm new to this site and, while I haven't started beekeeping yet, I would like to start in the spring. Because of this, I figured it was a good idea to start really researching how to be a good beekeeper. Any and all advice is 100% appreciated!
I am reminded that Louis Pasteur famously noted, '... chance favors the prepared mind'. This seems to be especially true in beekeeping as things can come at your fast.
As has been already mentioned, you are on the right track to research all you can, and to get connected with beekeepers in your local area who can give you some tips on successful strategies for your local area.
As JW mentioned, if you haven't bought your bees and supplies already now is a good time to do it.
And as Tigger mentioned, there is no shame in waiting until next year to jump in if you are not yet at a point to make a confident decision- better to be over-prepared for beekeeping IMHO.
Welcome..... beekeeping can be addictive. You can't get too much information so get busy reading, bee club, mentor, get supplies WAAAAAy early. The website "scientificbeeking,com" is a good reference and has hundreds of articles you can access. Remember that most activity / advice / results depends on LOCATION. What works for me might be bad for you. Please go back to your profile and let us know where you are located. Good luck and Happy Beekeeping!
I'm right there with you Alli... another newbie. I've enrolled in a class in my area (virtual until COVID lifts some of our in-person limitations). I've also done a ton of online research and have had some guidance by a local mentor (instructor). It's definitely still possible to order equipment but I was worried about stuff selling out so clicked the "submit" button minutes ago for the last items that I know I'll need.
I'm happy to share with you what I decided upon, but like I said, I'm a total newbie too so I am certain that we'll both find better expert advice from others on this forum!
Welcome Alli, Good for you that you are educating yourself before getting bees. So many jump in, fail and give up. Mite treatment is the most important thing you can study to ensure a healthy hive. Ask questions here and don't trust youtube purveyors of garbage. Make sure that they have a good reputation. J
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