Posted: 10/07/2017 at 21:19
If the guys only check them 2 or 3 times a season, then who looks after them the rest of the time?
From April to end August we check each hive weekly. We are looking for signs that the bees may swarm ... and take action to prevent this (nobody thanks you if your bees swarm into their chimney!!). We also need to check the bees have enough room & enough food ... and we also are checking for disease (some diseases are notifiable).
If you fancy having bees it would be worth contacting a local beekeepers' association and asking to go along to an apiary visit. That way you'll be able to see what's involved and how to open a hive and handle the bees.
Hope this is helpful