would you start with 2 hives instead of one?
This is only my second year but I can all ready see that two
or more is best.
I started with 12 but I do things big, (18 b4 winter hit).
I read alot on this forum and in books, lots of people talking about winter
losses,(well I live in the mnts. and it gets down to -40 deg. here.) So I figured if I had 75% loss I would start next year with 3 left.
So far all are well ! :D (I guess it pays to do your homework)
Now I'm starting to calculate the cost for this year if all survive wow$$$$$:shock:
But I plan on it being a full time thing! we are already selling veggies at the farmers market and will be expanding to maple syrup next year.
Anyways, ya two or more!
when should i get my bees delivered?
as soon as you can!!!!!! you should have already ordered them last month! you may still find some.... I would get them as early as you can down there and feed them till the flow starts,
that way you have more bees to go get nectar..... :D alittle frost won't hurt them....
how important is it to have one of those white coverall bee suits?
I started with a full suit just because and have been stung, Michael
is right, it will happen...!
I made the mistake of working them in the evening, I got stung alot even with my full suit, but I'm glad I had it......!
I suppose in time I my be get a jacket but for now its full armor.... :)
Read alot (there is alot to know)
ask alot of questions
and most important HAVE FUN..!!!