This is a shot at trying out this new website and its Blog Feature. I guess I might be starting a blog topic or it might just go nowhere.
Does anyone have anything to share about their first hive or is anyone interested in getting their first hives started?
To start a Possible Blog topic off. I got my first Hive in May of 2012. Paid $350 for a deep and a medium delivered and setup by a guy from Homestead. I knew nothing but was willing to start and learn. I fed my bees for a few months, cracked the lid a few times and marveled at it. In June I Ieft for a trip up north and the hive was un attended for 6 weeks. I returned mid July and cracked it open and it didn't look to good; wax moth and Small Hive Beetles (SHB) everywhere. I learned that it must have swarmed from being over loaded and the remaining bees were not strong enough to protect the hive. I cleaned up the hive ordered a queen via a Google search website. It came from Iowa. I drove to Homestead to get a Nuc with 3 frames of bees from the guy who sold me the hive and felt bad for me. I added a few frames from the existing hive and added the queen. I have watched this hive much closer. YouTube'd tons of knowledge about Bees and now that hive is gang busters. 3 deeps and two mediums tall. More of my story is on http://www.beehealthyhoneyfarms.com/2.html . I have an entrepreneurial passion so I am off into the commercial bee world. I hope to offer local beekeepers and beekeepers-to-be help, support, and local solution for supplies, nucs, and hives and networking with others. I might be a $20 bill more than other sources but I am here with success so far. I hope to keep it alive and running and prospering so I don't want to apologize for being pricey as much as I want to be around in the future for people.
Any one got other stories to share? Bee in touch!!!