Similar to other posts, I am attempting to get started in Beekeeping. Obviously, I need hives first. In doing some reading, I have become intersted in Beeeworks DE Hive. It seems to prevent some problems by its design. Is this true? Recommend any other suppliers? Also, I live in Southern New Jersey, and am trying to locate some bees to populate my hive. Am I too late to mail order soem girls? Any thoughts about getting started would be appreciated. Thanx in advance for your expertise and opinions.
I just read your profile. Quite interesting.
My advice to you, depending on you age and physical ability, would be to consider using all medium size boxes/hives. That is if you are going to use standard equipment that you will purchase from the bee equipment supply houses. Of course if you are into body building then go for the big stuff, however in view of your posted occupation I somehow think that pumping iron is not your forte'.
A deep box, full of frames, full of honey weighs in at some 80-100 lbs US. A medium weighs in at some 60 +/- lbs. Believe me removing deep boxes from a stack calls for some muscle. I do it, lift deeps, and now regret that I didn't research this potential problem before I commited. I am going to reduce one of my two brood boxes to one deep and one medium and use all mediums for honey supers. Now of course brood boxes don't weigh in at 80-100 lbs, when they contain just brood with some honey and pollen. However the bees don't follow your plan exactly and will store surplus honey in the deeps. The weight is in the honey.
As far as hive and box configurations are concerned the bees don't care. Hive boxes are for beekeepers. You can do anything you like in any way you like if you so desire. You can use anywhere from 0 frames to any number of frames in any configuration that please you. If you are able to build your own equipment there is really no limit to what you can do, The bees really don't care. However if you are like most you will purchase your equimment from the supply houses and stick with standard stuff and if that is the case I would recommend using all mediums, or, go to the gym
Just like in your occupation, preliminary preperation is the key to success in getting involved in this hobby. I have exactly one year in this activity and based on the history of beekeeping that is really only a blip in time. I have done much reading and MORE importantly I observe what is going on in my hives and the management of same. However I live way south LA and our climatic conditions are different than yours in NJ. Bees are attuned to their enviroment and one should take that into consideration. Actually you are at an advantage over me since most of the beekeeping lore is about keeping bees in Northen climes. So I would be cautious on how I use the poop posted in these boards. After you become at ease with bees you should eventually be able to seperate the poop from the POOP