I recently joined my local BBKA group in the hope that they might be able to provide me with a swarm. However, now I have one from a natural beekeeper I am wondering whether to keep up my association with them.
I feel in a quandary about this as I am a newbie to beekeeping and really want to promote a more natural approach. If I get involved with them there is a chance of me picking up bad habits (e.g. from their recent newsletter – “After an unusually inclement April extending into May, some colonies have unmated or drone laying queens, in this case, insert a frame from another hive containing eggs, preferably with brood in all stages. Remove any drone laying queen and wait for fourteen days. Should there be no eggs or evidence of queen cells at this stage, remove the queen and insert another frame containing eggs.“)
However, maybe there is also some really useful experience that I could get from them as well.
Any thoughts on the matter?