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So you want to be a beekeeper, but are feeling a little nervous?

Embarking on your first foray into beekeeping can be daunting—we agree, there’s so much to learn.

At one time or another everyone in Flow HQ was a nervous newbie. Here are some of their tips to make your journey buzz more smoothly: 

 

Find a beekeeping mentor and/or buddy

There is nothing like learning experientially. If possible, pair up with someone who lives locally and has some beekeeping experience. It can help steady any nerves you may have, as well as answer any of the (many) questions that you have about looking after your bees and hive.

It can also be helpful to find a beekeeping buddy, either someone who has their own hive, or someone to learn alongside you with your own hive. It can be exciting to compare notes and learn together. No two beehives are the same and comparing the difference is a great way to learn. 

Check out what Claire from Warnambool has to say about her bee mentor.

 

Join the club

Your local beekeeping club members can be invaluable for acquiring knowledge and the skills required to keep bees.

From pest and diseases, to laws and regulations, and general beekeeping know-how, your local beekeeping club should be able to support you in becoming an educated, responsible and passionate beekeeper.

Check-out our Beekeeping Club Directory to find your nearest club.

Join the weekly Flow Live

Every Wednesday, Flow Hive co-inventor Cedar runs a live Facebook stream demonstrating an aspect of a Flow Hive or bee husbandry. It’s a great opportunity for you to ask questions and have them answered by Cedar. It starts at AEST 10amish- as it’s outdoors it can be a little weather dependent! If you miss the live session, it’s always available to replay later.

Watch Cedar harvesting in the rain last week and answering your questions:

 

Do a beekeeping course

Many beekeeping clubs, community gardens and community colleges hold beekeeping courses, ranging from introductory to advanced. These courses can give a great overview of how to look after your girls.

Getting bees

Once you’re skilled up, have the right gear (hive, protective equipment, smoker) it’s time to find some buzzy bees to get your hive busy!

Already have your first Flow Hive and still wondering how to get your hive a-buzzin’? We have some handy information and tips.

Other Flow resources

Support from our awesome team

Have Flow-related bee questions? We’re here to help, and operate during Australian business hours, Monday to Friday—so don’t be shy, get in contact!

  • Email our friendly support staff
  • Phone kick back and have a chat with Trace
  • Live chat get fast answers to your buzzing questions

Flow Forum

This is a great online resource where many experienced and new beekeepers share their journey and support each other by answering bee related questions. Head over to the Flow forum.

Flow’s beginner beekeeper videos

You can also get a great introduction from our Beginner Beekeeper vids.

"Ask two beekeepers one question, get three answers."

At Flow, we love to hear from all kinds of beekeepers using all types of methods, but their views are their own and are not necessarily endorsed by Flow. We advise reading widely, connecting with your local beekeeping association and finding a mentor as you delve into this fascinating hobby.