- Jan 24, 2021
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Thanks to you & Steve for great advice which makes sense to me. I live in rural SW Ireland & belong to newly formed FIBKA branch.Not really: as Steve said, a BB heavy with stores is usually enough, but how bees get enough on board is the great unknown. Your window of opportunity to develop the colony is from receipt until wasps begin sweet feeding in late summer and into autumn, so if no flow is on you'll have to feed syrup to keep the queen laying.
Beekeeping is a long game so focus on getting the BB rammed with brood, bees and stores, and think about honey in 2022. Of course, July and August may turn out to be the season of all seasons and honey may pour in, so add a super.
To get the hang of beekeeping you must adapt and synthesise three factors: the life cycle of bees, an ability to use your kit effectively, and knowledge of your local natural environment.
A text book is a useful starter but your management decisions must be led by the state of play in front of you at any given time, and not by the calendar.
Where do you live?