The start up can be expensive, but the maintenance is basically nothing other than sugar for feeding them when they need it. We feed sugar for the first month of getting a new colony to help them get established, and then they get some feeding before the cold sets in and early spring. Just a supplement to keep them thriving.All I'm looking for is a bit of general advice...like how Hard is it for a noob to Learn beekeeping..?
The start up kit can be quite expensive and I don't want to spend money on something I can't do..or kill a load of bees with my inexperience..
We started with a top bar hive that we made ourselves http://beginningbeekeeping.com/TopBarHiveBeekeeping.html But our experience was that a new colony does better in a traditional hive. They have to work harder to get the top bar started, so I suggest you start with a box. If you live in a temperate climate they may do fine in a top bar, but ours only have about 5-6 months to get themselves squared away for the winter, and it's just not long enough.
Don't expect to rob the hive the first year. Give them time to thrive and you and your bees will be happy.
We have had ours for about 12 years and they are easy keepers. They eat all the weeds that no one wants, and thrive on it. They are very hearty, but you can loose them to heat stress and meningeal worms. If you live somewhere that gets very hot for extended periods of time you will need to provide them with misting fans, and plenty of shade and minerals.Llamas too.....WOW.....
I can imagine my hubby fainting now if I asked for a llama
As far as lovability goes, they are more like cats. You will need to learn all you can about them and respect their space. Many people make the mistake of trying to treat them like cows or horses, and they are nothing like that. They are more like solitary creatures that live in heards. They can be trained, but you will need lots of patience and realistic expectations. I love them and think they are awesome. If you like to go on day hikes they are the best companions and a ton if fun too. I could go on and on, but that is the basic run down.
No and yes.Do you get insomnia..?
Are you on a lot of prescription meds..?
My score to the above questionnaire is 8. Most of my points came from my lack of half moons on my fingernails.
I will follow your instructions on the PH testing and will start tonight. Thanks