Im New here but it seems a little quiet
Well lets see if we can change that?
I know very little about bees, but know I need them.
I want to get a hive, who can help me?
Hi both, and welcome! :)
Its quiet as most seem to be on facebook groups, which is a shame, when i first joined this page, it was fairly active but since a certain beekeeping facebook group started up, its has grown a lot over the past year and a half with nearly 1500 members.
To answer your question holesinthedark, the type of hive beginners get usually is dictated by what others around you have or where you plan on getting your bees from as a lot, if not all suppliers only supply nucs (baby hives) on National frames.
Most people in Ireland have National hives, some have Commercial, I have Langstroth poly hives which i find really good, they are really light, they keep the heat better that the wooden ones, they are bigger than Nationals and with the walls been about 1.5 inches thick, my Queens can and do lay side to side, top to bottom of the frames. I had some Queens laying on all 10 brood frames last year, this year, they are on 9. They arent as big as Commercials but Comms are really only if you are getting in to BIG TIME.
If either of ye have any more questions, feel free to ask
where are you based?
I believe this is the right time of year to be looking around for a hive and getting ready?
Good morning All I would like to say hello. We are based in Kilkenny and are starting our native Irish bee breeding farm this year . We have kept for over ten years in UK Australia . Should any one need a good double walled national hive we build them .regards Irish blacky.
Late year would probably have been a better time to start looking as most people that sell bees usually starting taking pre-bookings then, having said that, im sure if you asked around, there are plenty of people who would have bees for sale later on this year (May-June) The best thing to do is to join your local Association and they will point you in the right direction as they may know some one who is either selling bees or maybe retiring and selling their stocks, but at least you will know where they came from. On top of that, been a beginner, if you ask the more experienced beekeeping in the Association, most are happy to go along with you to check out the hive/bees before you buy then to make sure that they are diesease free/have a laying Queen etc
As for buying hives, there are plenty of suppliers around who have Nationals and Commercials or, like Irish Blacky above, there are plenty of people around who build them, if your handy with a table saw your self, you can always google for free plans. I make my own supers but usually buy the brood chamebrs as you have to be failry acurate with the measurements for them
I hope that answers a few questions but if you need to know any more, feel free to ask here or PM me, im cool either way!