If you are thinking about keeping Bees, starting out in Beekeeping or if you have had problems keeping Bees in the past, you might want to find a Beekeeping Mentor.
By having help in keeping your Bees, you can learn the easy way, not through costly mistakes.
In Kilkenny, I have started to help a number of Beekeepers to manage their hives. In return, I take some of the Honey harvest at the end of the year and I can use those additional Hives to help manage my own and others that I help people with.
There will be times in the Beekeeping Calendar, when you really need more than 1 hive to get over a problem. If your Queen dies, a new Queen doesn’t mate or if your Queen starts laying Drones and the Hive cannot produce a new Queen to succeed her, then you will need a frame of brood with some freshly laid eggs so that the Bees can raise a new Queen.
If you miss a swarm and a colony is suddenly very small, you may be able to boost numbers with a Frame of Brood from another Hive.
There are lots of examples how one Hive can help another to survive an emergency or calamity!
To find a Mentor near you, join your local Beekeeping Association. If you are in Kilkenny and would like to add your Hives to our cooperative, get in touch!