Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.
This will be my first spring to install a hive and bees. I have read several books and articles and watched videos on installing a package of bees, but I'm wondering if it would be wise to have a mentor for the first installation?
What are your thoughts? Easy as pie and follow the directions or have a mentor?
I think it really depends on how comfortable you feel about the whole process. I installed my first package on my own and it went fine. The main thing is that you need to have a plan of what you’re going to do before you start. I watched several YouTube videos and decided how I wanted to do it. There are a few ways you can go about it. I’ll be happy to talk with you about how I did it. In short, I didn’t hang my queen cage as some suggest. I did a direct release because I wanted her to start laying eggs as quickly as possible. Let me know if you’d like to chat some more about it or if you’d like to check out my operation. I use Langstroth hives but I’m sure the process is similar for Top Bar.
I do feel confident (but wanted to make sure I wasn't overly confident) and will transfer my mental plan to paper before beginning.
I am very interested in seeing your operation. Keep me in mind the next time you want a newbee on your next inspection.
I'm not sure when the bees will arrive. I ordered a package from Craig Norlander. His web page says March or April. Both seem a early for nectar in our woods.
Thanks for sharing your info.