So, I grow dahlias and have a large garden ( 1.5 acres )...There is always something blooming around here...I enjoy working with bees, by that I mean...as I work my 250 dahlia plants, the bees and I work side by side...When I heard of the decline of the honey bee it concerned me greatly, so I decided to begin keeping bees...I visited a local apiary ( http://www.pacificcrestapiaries.com ). They were incredibly helpful and as my good luck would dictate...They GAVE me 8 frame bottom boards, brood boxes supers and tops as well as entrance thingies hahaha...I ordered some books from Amazon and purchased ABJ from http://www.dadant.com. Another friend gave me a veil and a smoker...My brood box is ready for bees ( it already has some frames with honey and all )...I found a place that sells "nucs"..it is a bit of a drive from here( http://www.bloomfieldbeeshoney.com )...What else should I do to prepare for the bees??? Thanks a bunch
It sounds like your already in great shape. If you haven't already and the hive parts are used, check for wax moths as they can really do a number on a new hive. Use the entrance reducer until the bees have had a chance to build their numbers up and you might want to medicate your hive at first just as a precautionary measure. Otherwise, best of luck to you.