Does anyone here keep honey bees? I have acquired a Warré hive, without a colony, and am wondering how difficult it would be to keep them.
Google for your local beekeeping association - they'll run classes for beginners and they usually provide a mentor too
I was a bit wary about that because I was told that "proper" bee keepers think that Warré hives are a big joke and their owners are nutters! The reason being that the honey is produced in a natural shape rather than on a frame and it can all get stuck together inside the hive. But yes, I shall be contacting them when I summon up the courage!
I don't know, but from what I've read I believe that sensible bee-keepers are perhaps more open-minded than they used to be, given the problems facing traditional beekeeping recently. This link looks interesting http://www.bee-friendly.co.uk/
We have Warre hives. They are not a joke and easy to run. Try to find a 'Natural Beekeeping' group near you and join them if possible. Where are you? Their emphasis is on caring for the bee, not honey so much.
Thanks for that. Yes, exactly OG, that is just what I was after. Just want to look after a bee or two and not make them work for me. I'm in north Derbyshire.
I just tried to message you but the website would not let me.
Found this in Derbyshire. http://dadbeep.blogspot.co.uk/p/next-meeting.html
It may be near you. Also check out the Natural Beekeeping Trust for information. They are based in Sussex but the website is good.
This chap is excellent too. http://www.bee-friendly.co.uk/
Oooooh! Thank you!