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  • 21-09-2016 2:09pm
    Registered Users Posts: 92 ✭✭

    I'm currently busy with other studying but have wanted to set up a hive for years. Realistically, I'm at least 2 years away from doing that but would love to get started doing something to do with bees. Anyone have any suggestions?
    Based in Dublin.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,761 ✭✭✭Effects

    Read some books. Ted Hoopers book, Bees and Honey is a good start.

  • Registered Users Posts: 287 ✭✭coley

    Check out the fibka website and find a local association,
    They most likely run a beginners course, go to this :)
    A lot of associations have an apiary where you can go as part of the course to get hands on with the bees before you take the plunge and invest in your own.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,275 ✭✭✭bpmurray

    Ted Hooper's book may be a bit much, but the Haynes Bee manual is much easier to read. As coley said, you'll learn a lot from the introductory course, and get some hands on experience too, which will make it much easier when you actually get your own bees. In fact, hanging out at the BKA's apiary will get you used to doing things the right way, particularly since you don't plan on getting your own for a couple of years. Use the time to learn how not to squash bees, how to recognise and treata for diseases, how to graft queens, etc. - all of these are things you would otherwise probably have to learn on your own.