Looked kind of neat so I posted it
Thanks! :grinscowboyhermit said:You can either buy bees, catch a swarm physically or possibly a swarm might find you but that is not very likely unless you have a really good spot like in a apiary. If you are hoping for them to just setup shop on there own there are lures you can use but you may want to put out "swarm traps" and transfer them after the fact. Plenty of info on this online.
Top bar frames like this while maybe not the best for commercial production can simplify the keeping of a few hives, you don't even need foundation which is a big expense.
Appreciate your help! I took your suggestion and googled and got a great site with lots of info! If I knew how to post a link I would! : yepcomputeridiotcowboyhermit said:You can definetly buy a queen but that is usually only done by people who already have a hive and want to "requeen" A queen honey bee can't survive without workers.
Usually you buy a package which is a few pounds of bees with a mated queen, this is all geared up and ready to start producing.
You can also buy a "nuc" which is smaller than a package and contains a queen with a small number of bees, they probably won't give you honey the first year, second year should be great.
Thanks Andi! Appreciated.*Andi said:Here is an older thread on the subject.
When I have a little more time, I'll find the others.
Sounds like they are doing well The first year is always the hardest, especially with all new equipment because they have so much work to do. I love watching the bees do their thing, it should not be nearly so captivating :dunno:I'm waiting out my First winter with a top bar hive. My cluster is Very small but on nice days they are still clearing out the dead and doing cleansing flights so I have high hopes they'll live til Spring and build up again.