I am very interested in beekeeping and am currently doing lots of reading and YouTubing on the subject.
I am looking at buying a new Flow Hive sometime in the colder months for preparation when the weather warms up in Canberra later this year.
I am based in McKellar and I noticed that there was a bit of AFB happening in the Belconnen region a couple of years ago and am wondering whether the cases were still an ongoing spreading issue or has it diminished to a general vigilance and monitoring perspective?
As I will be starting anew and I will be seeking a nucleus of bees locally. Would it be best to find a supplier of bees where I can provide my own brand new brood box and if so should it be supplied before the cold weather sets in (is May too late?) in order to get a new hive settled, or should a brood box be supplied at a suitable time after the Canberra winter?
The hive will be positioned in a suburb thus wanting to find bees that are generally “calm & relaxed” is important.
Any thoughts, ideas and suggestions are most welcome. Is the local ACT Beekeepers Association active during winter thus starting a membership early is useful or should I wait till later this year.
Cheers and many thanks,