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We've ordered a good beginning beekeeper book and we are learning what we can through blogs (Hey, Warren!) and books and online information before approaching someone here locally to mentor us when we start our first hives.
Bees can be so exciting! Watching honeybees busily glutting on goldenrod and purple loosestrife out at the farm is something I think I could really do for hours...it makes me so happy to see them with plentiful nectar forage, zooming here and there and feasting.
We met a nearby landowner who has hives and who I know will give us the benefit of his expertise in the event we get some of our own hives...hooray!!
I'm writing this short post in order to have a link to alternative hives I haven't heard that much about, and so I can find the links faster.
The two I find very interesting right now are the Tim Rowe Rose hives and the Oscar Perone hives. I have a book about the Rose hives and I am really interested in his system and finding anyone who has tried them.
Here are a few videos introducing this method:
First Rose Hive video
Second Rose Hive video
Third Rose Hive video
I am also interested in knowing more about the Perone hive, which mimics a hollow log concept, some parts of which are not designed to be removable. They say it is designed to have a really large population of bees and takes 2 or 3 years before being fully established enough to have excess honey for human harvest. Nicole at The Pantry Book built an observation Perone hive and I'm following her experiment with great interest: PERONE HIVE LINK
There's also a youtube video that goes into some detail about its design and operation.
OK, that's it...just wanted to have these links pinned here for convenience. If you keep bees, I'd love to learn from any advice you would like to share!