For those who don't know how I got into beekeeping, it is like everything else in my life. It wasn't planned. The bees sort fell into my lap. About two years ago, a man showed up at my doorstep wanting to buy eggs and we got to talking. He mentioned that he was a beekeeper and wanted to know if I wanted to trade eggs for honey. Sure!! A week later, he asked if he could set up a bee hive on our property. I said that would be great on one condition, if he could show me how to raise bees. I thought that would be a fun thing to do. Within a week, a hive was set up. I loved watching the bees and I mentioned to the man that I would love SOMEDAY to have my own hive and the next week another hive appeared!! Really didn't expect that!!
Meanwhile, remember the "trade eggs for honey" deal. Well, that wasn't working out too well. We were passing out a lot of eggs but didn't see any honey in return. When my husband mentioned that, the man disappeared - never heard from him again. SO, now I have two bee hives on my property and NO CLUE how to take care of them.
I did find out through a couple of friends that this man had a reputation of doing the same thing to other "egg farmers." He did exactly the same thing to a good friend's mom and left her with a hive that she is trying to take care. How silly - all so he can get maybe 6 or 7 dozen eggs free?? Is it really worth it? What some people will do to get something for free, I guess!!
Anyway, back to my hives. After asking around, I have found some "reputable" beekeepers who have helped me tremendously to rebuild these hives. The hives were in really bad shape. And I am learning (sometimes the hard way!!). Also bought the Beekeeping for Dummies book! Sooner or later, I will be an actual beekeeper. Until then, I will keep taking the Benadryl and watch my family shake their heads in disbelief!