Once you have deciided to embark on the exciting journey of bee-keeping such as Oak Tree Cottage Apiary and so many others, there is some work to be done. First of all, decide how many hives to start with. Two is an ideal number for both fun and profit. You can interchange frames and you will get a good amount of honey. Then, get bees from a good company or for another apiary that you know and trust. Slect from hives that look healhy and without mite infestations.
Have a clear plan of action for when you are stung. Some people can go for as long as a year without being stung, but at some point it is sure to happen. Even if an allergic reaction does not happen immediately,it will develop. A local bee club will have information on what to.
Get all the equipment ready and know how to use it. Have the hives fully built and checked by an expert. Only after this is done should the bees be ordered and brought home. Start the apiary in early spring. This way, by the time the summer (and pollen season) begins, the hive would have grown in number. Place your hive in a high and dry place away from direct sunlight and strong winds. Place it close to a water supply source.
For the best hive size, the traditional 10-frame or the smaller 8-frame hives are both good starting points. Some bee-keepers use he more unusual 9-frame hives in a 10-frame structure to allow the bees to make thicker combs which translates to more honey. For the first few days, allw the bees to go about their business undisturbed. Keep a watchful eye for birds and wasps and other such attackers. Hives with smaller openings make it easier for a young colony to defend itself from attackers.