Terri is an aspiring beekeeper and wanted some advice on beekeeping, so she sent this email, “I found your email on the Hill Country Beekeepers [a Louisiana beekeeping club] forum on Facebook. Although the post was 5 years ago, you had a town hall meeting to discuss the pros and cons of the Flow Hive from Australia.
I live in Dallas, Texas in an urban environment and was considering a Flow Hive for my home. I have no experience with bees at all.
Your group was the closest place to Texas listed on the Flow Hive website.
Could you please tell me if it is possible to have bees in Dallas where the temperatures get over 100 degrees in Summer?
Also, is the Flow Hive a good idea for a novice?
I appreciate your assistance and am happy for you to direct me to any online beekeeping training as I do not want to hurt the bees through lack of knowledge.”
Louisiana, like Texas, has a hot southern climate so her question is relevant for the southern states along the Gulf Coast. Based on the official website of the Texas Beekeepers Association, there are over three dozen beekeeping clubs over the entire state. The conclusion here is that bee hives can be maintained in hot climate.
In Louisiana, the official website of the Louisiana Beekeeping Association, there are nineteen beekeeping clubs, and these groups serve beekeepers throughout the state. Again, bees have adapted to the climate of the deep south.
Regarding the Australian Flow Hive, AHA shared these comments with Terri, “[The SWLA Beekeepers] had a couple of beekeepers who have used Flow hives (FH) and their experience was positive.
The FH is very expensive, and a novice may want to start with an affordable, traditional Langstroth hive. A beekeeper using an FH would still need to examine the bees to check regularly for brood and honey production. The FH does simplify honey harvesting and avoids the extraction equipment that traditional beekeeping requires. The FH has moving parts so I suspect maintenance would be needed periodically.”
AHA looked for online beekeeping classes. Several of these virtual classes are available, but they are in northern states where the climate is much different than that of the southeastern United States.
At this writing, The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service has its “Beekeeping Basics Podcast Series”. This series is free and downloadable, and the five podcasts include these topics:
Finally, there are online beekeeping courses to be a Master Beekeeper for which an aspiring beekeeper must enroll and pay tuition.
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Honey bees fanning to regulate hive temperature.
Photo: Purdue [University] Extension.
An Australian Flow Hive.
Beekeeping classes in Arkansas.