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The Green Man
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« on: January 29, 2013, 06:48:45 AM »

Hi all from the Yarra Valley.

I have wanted to keep bees for a long time, and now find myself with the opportunity to do so. 
I live and work on a farm and the boss asked me to do a course on beekeeping so we could get some hives.  Unfortunately the course he had picked out is booked and I cant seem to find any others with places free.  I wonder if I need to do one at all?  Youtube is my friend and I have re-read my copy of Smithers'  "Backyard Beekeeping" a couple of times.  I would like some hands on before I am responsible for my own hive but I'm not sure of the value I will get from a course? 
I have seen the club in Doncaster...anyone a member?  Is it any good?
Anyone from around my way mind showing a hive and having a chat?
I look forward to reading all the wonderful info in here and hope I can contribute some as well.

cheers,

Brodie
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2013, 08:16:57 AM »

Hello Brodie, welcome to the forum.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2013, 10:47:07 PM »

Hi Brodie. The club in Doncaster is good & has a great beginners program. The classes are very popular but they run them regularly so best get along to a meeting and put your name down if you are keen.
I was a member last year but have trouble getting to meetings as I am a shift worker so my membership lapsed this year  Cry
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2013, 07:21:58 AM »

Cheers...I will have to trot along to the Feb meet and say G'day.

Do you think we have left it too late in the season?  I think an established colony might be ok but a new one could struggle?  I guess the someone at the club might have a colony to offload but I havent found many in my google travels.  At least not very close to me.
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2013, 07:44:57 AM »

Welcome to the forum, Brodie.  Sounds like you have already caught the bee addiction, it will get worse after you have some.  Good luck




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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013, 10:24:52 AM »

Welcome!

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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2013, 07:17:41 PM »

Hi Brodie and welcome.

I wouldn't wait until you have completed a course. There is plenty to do before you get bees, making boxes up, getting tooled up, lots of reading.
I started with a single hive, a captured swarm a few years ago, now I have 8 hives. I did not do a course or join a bee club. I only recently discovered this forum which has been very helpful with some issues.

The other day I discovered this short intro course that is local : http://www.whyskills.com.au/vicki-bickerton.html

I have heard the club in Doncaster is very good, I am in Ringwood but never have the time to attend club meetings. I would join up and attend if I had time.

It is not too late in the season to start a new colony. However, you'd be lucky to catch a swarm now. But you never know.



good luck

cheers

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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2013, 08:35:41 PM »

Thanks John I'll check that link out.

Now it's just a matter of convincing the boss to go ahead with it before the course.  Hopefully my enthusiasm will help!

Cheers.

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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2013, 12:03:00 AM »

Hi folks,

Well I've been given the go ahead to acquire the hive and bees.  Yippee!
The hive is the easy part...I cant seem to find any suitable bees!  I did find some nearby on fleabay but they come hive and all, and I would prefer to start with new equipment, so would the boss.  I am waiting for a call-back and I have some folks with their ears to the ground but I thought I should try here too.
Any suggestions or advice?  So far no commercial bee suppliers I have called (nearby) can help till spring.
Thank you
Brodie.
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2013, 05:27:27 AM »

Had a callback...bees are go...let the games begin!
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2013, 05:39:01 PM »

Had a callback...bees are go...let the games begin!
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Very groovy!


cheers

john
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