I am going in to my third year with bees- I almost gave up, having lost two colonies in my first two years. Last year I got a nuc of Pennsylvania bees from a local bee keeper, and that one seems to have made it through the winter. They are not as easy to keep as the Georgia bees I had before- they seem much more likely to sting me! I haven't done a hive inspection yet, and am gearing up to do that.
Is there a rule about how soon to do the first hive inspection? How should I prepare for it? When should I start feeding them?
I know I may have to do some kind of treatment to reduce mite destruction, but so far these bees have only had sucrocide treatments and I'd like to keep them as chemical free as possible. Should I get ready to treat them with sucrocide as soon as I open the hive?
I am a member of a bee keepers club, but the meetings are far away and not convenient for my schedule.
Thanks in advance!