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    Default Beekeeping in Calgary and area

    I started researching honey bee's and Beekeeping about two months ago and had decided 1 month ago to go ahead and register with the province, the local beekeeping association, begin talking to neighbors, and ordered the hive, bee nucleus, and tools etc.
    So far everyone appears to be on board, particularly the older neighbors with small gardens/flowers etc, with the others being ok with the new tenants in my backyard once I had informed them about the bee's behavior and how I intend on managing them.
    Taking the local beekeeping class is the next thing on my list as well as ordering the mite treatment and some more hive parts for a swarm trap as I want to try to catch a swarm early spring for my second hive, I know I've read a story about some guy in Evergreen with 60 hives in his backyard, but I've also read more recently that the province only allows a certain number of hives on a urban property based on the lot size and the "most" hives you can have is nowhere near 60 lol, since my lot is small I am restricted to two.
    The hives I've ordered are the Apimaye insulated beehives and plan on keeping them in a single brood box versus double as I intend on being in there on a weekly basis and based off of what I have researched a single will be easier to monitor/inspect and will winter fine assuming everything else is in order, I've ordered a Saskatraz bee nucleus which I've read good things about in how they handle our climate.

    Anyone else into hobby beekeeping? Urban/Suburban?

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    some good info in this thread I started a few years ago. I haven't actually done it yet, but it is still in the back of my mind as I love honey.

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    Picked up the Apimaye equipment
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    Painted the hive stand legs "Obsidian" and "Diamond" today. Purchased 10 deep frames of drawn comb from another beekeeper, she was downsizing from 4 hives to 2 as she extracted roughly 1000lbs of honey and was having trouble selling it all so it seems that I will likely stick to two hives and see what happens as we are both within Calgary and the city is generally warmer than rural areas meaning the bees will be more active sooner and for a longer period of time.
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