Originally Posted by wingstone
You guys are killing me here.....bee's are one thing that hubby just is not thrilled about,,I tell him I only need enough for a few jars a year, OK 12 jars since I seem to buy a jar about once a month
Hehehe... We harvested about 80 pounds the last 2 years from our hive in the back- that is without feeding them and leaving them a couple of supers of honey for them for winter! (That is per year) our hive in the back is an overachiever, our other hives were so so and we lost them without harvesting.... As far as time, they seem to take more when establishing- making sure the queen is released, doing her duty. But then it seems like you check them every week and a half, but every beekeeper is different!
As far as equipment.... I like hats and gloves.... I am not fond of being stung, but in all fairness my husband plays with the bees, I take pics, sell our extra, and help with the other stuff. My husband is allergic, so he wears the gear, some bee keepers don't. We do use a smoker, it calms them when doing inspections
We have only been at this for 3 years, so, we are still learning a lot!
You are welcome to look at our. Log, I have pics up of a lot of different bee stuff, along with other things