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Offline Pala

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hi guys,

Just registered with the site today and wanting to just say hi.
I'm from Frankston south in Melbourne, have just purchased my first flow hive and am awaiting delivery of a new colony in September.

I have a huge yard with a ridiculous amount of flowers (previous owner created a jungle), spent some time the past few days making them a nice little home in the front yard, and will be staining and painting the hive when it arrives tomorrow.

Attached is a pic/video of where I plant to be putting my hive.

Any tips or recommendations on the spot? I plan to have the entrance pointing towards the trees which is a northerly direction, not towards the fences you can see.

Any helps appreciated guys.

Thanks again

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2020, 09:37:43 pm »
Welcome  :happy:

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2020, 12:33:30 am »
hi guys,

Just registered with the site today and wanting to just say hi.
I'm from Frankston south in Melbourne, have just purchased my first flow hive and am awaiting delivery of a new colony in September.

I have a huge yard with a ridiculous amount of flowers (previous owner created a jungle), spent some time the past few days making them a nice little home in the front yard, and will be staining and painting the hive when it arrives tomorrow.

Attached is a pic/video of where I plant to be putting my hive.

Any tips or recommendations on the spot? I plan to have the entrance pointing towards the trees which is a northerly direction, not towards the fences you can see.

Any helps appreciated guys.

Thanks again

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Hi Pala, as a fellow member I welcome you. Beautiful picture! Love it!
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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2020, 07:05:06 am »
Front yard could be an issue if any of their flight paths cross any public walkways, passers by may complain to your local council etc.

Make sure you get registered as a beekeeper if you haven?t already, I believe it?s free in VIC.

https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/livestock-and-animals/honey-bees/hobby-beekeeping

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2020, 05:55:08 pm »
Welcome. I hope your beekeeping startup goes great.
Most people in my area keep the hives facing east. Our rain storms (and winter winds) tend to come from the west, and that drives rain into a west facing entrance.
Then there is also the issue of facing the entrance away from close by people areas.

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2020, 12:23:07 am »
Welcome to Beemaster.
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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2020, 03:52:10 am »
Front yard could be an issue if any of their flight paths cross any public walkways, passers by may complain to your local council etc.

Make sure you get registered as a beekeeper if you haven?t already, I believe it?s free in VIC.

https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/livestock-and-animals/honey-bees/hobby-beekeeping
Yes free in Vic for up to five hives. So i am going to try and set up an extra 3 hives this year...
Maybe I should register the Mrs as well and have 10! Ha ha ha

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2020, 06:21:17 am »
Front yard could be an issue if any of their flight paths cross any public walkways, passers by may complain to your local council etc.

Make sure you get registered as a beekeeper if you haven?t already, I believe it?s free in VIC.

https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/livestock-and-animals/honey-bees/hobby-beekeeping

Thanks for the responses guys. Since my post I have already decided the one hive isn't enough and im now up to 4 hives on order. Haha.

The one in my front yard, the entrance is facing away from the front fence. We also have a nature strip that don't have any footpaths. So any walkers are on the actual rd.  The front fence is also 1.5m in height so im expecting the girls so be above head height if they choose to do a U turn when exiting. The other three are going to be on a local organic farm where i can have access when ever needed. Ive also registered all the hives and have joined a club with public liability insurance.

For someone starting up have I covered all the right aspects so far?
Obviously been doing alot of reading, YouTube etc. And plan to do a course once covid and our city lockdown has ended

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2020, 06:49:04 am »
Sounds like you're on top of everything now you just need bees  :happy:

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2020, 08:28:27 am »
Sounds like you are studying beekeeping. Just keep up the learning and reading. It slowly falls into place for us new beeks.

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2020, 06:22:54 pm »
Welcome Pala

Your doing well! I look forward to your updates.

When I started I only got one hive, down the track I got a second
And paid for a second nuc! Shortly after that I had to split my first hive....bees multiply!! I soon realised I didnt need to buy that second nuc.


You have 4 hives.

 You now have a choice: 4 nucs / packages or ....buy
two nucs and established two hives. Next spring, or when they need splitting you have the bees for the other two hives.

Just thought I would share this with you as splitting is often required at some stage, is a good learning curve and saves you hundreds of dollars....its fun too!

Something else for you to ponder.

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2020, 06:50:29 pm »
Welcome Pala

Your doing well! I look forward to your updates.

When I started I only got one hive, down the track I got a second
And paid for a second nuc! Shortly after that I had to split my first hive....bees multiply!! I soon realised I didnt need to buy that second nuc.


You have 4 hives.

 You now have a choice: 4 nucs / packages or ....buy
two nucs and established two hives. Next spring, or when they need splitting you have the bees for the other two hives.

Just thought I would share this with you as splitting is often required at some stage, is a good learning curve and saves you hundreds of dollars....its fun too!

Something else for you to ponder.

Hey bee North,
Thanks for the reply.
By hive I actually meant I have 4 x 8 frame colonies on order. Sorry for the confusion.

As they r going to be pretty well established, I presume that next spring I should be able to split most if not all of the colonies if they are doing well?

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2020, 07:08:33 pm »
Ok.....thanks for the clarification.

Yes you sure will!

Enjoy your bees.

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2020, 07:37:14 pm »
Hiya pala, are you aware of how much work 4 colony?s are?
Probably more than I would recommend for a newbee. Two is a better number imo.

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2020, 08:36:37 pm »
Hiya pala, are you aware of how much work 4 colony?s are?
Probably more than I would recommend for a newbee. Two is a better number imo.

I understand its going to be abit of work and its going to be a steep learning curve, but its something I've been wanting to do for many years and have finally got the time and energy to devote into it. I was in a vehicle accident afew yrs ago, and am unable to work my normal career so I have the time, and im hoping in a 1-2yrs ill be able to turn a hobby into abit of a business. I have afew ideas im currently researching.

I have also been offered a mentor from the local club who actually only lives 2 streets away and has 5 hives, who is more than happy to come around n help show me the ropes.

I know ive bitten off alot, but I think im taking the right path to be able o handle it.

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Re: Hi everyone. Buddying new beekeeper from Melbourne australia
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2020, 09:13:23 pm »
Hiya pala, are you aware of how much work 4 colony?s are?
Probably more than I would recommend for a newbee. Two is a better number imo.

I understand its going to be abit of work and its going to be a steep learning curve, but its something I've been wanting to do for many years and have finally got the time and energy to devote into it. I was in a vehicle accident afew yrs ago, and am unable to work my normal career so I have the time, and im hoping in a 1-2yrs ill be able to turn a hobby into abit of a business. I have afew ideas im currently researching.

I have also been offered a mentor from the local club who actually only lives 2 streets away and has 5 hives, who is more than happy to come around n help show me the ropes.

I know ive bitten off alot, but I think im taking the right path to be able o handle it.

With your attitude you will do just fine. Wishing you the best.
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.