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I have an 80 acre farm that is 6hrs drive from where I live. I visit it maybe 3 or max 4 times a year.
Id like to know if it is possible to set up 1 or maybe 2 beehives and maintain them with during my 3 or 4 visits by spending a max 3-5 hours each visit.
This would allow me to learn about beekeeping.
If this is possible I would likely take a course here in the city.
Currently i lease the land to my neighbour to keep the cows on it. This is in the Kootenays in BC. A nice size year round creek passes through the middle of the property.
 
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It depends. Bees are wild creatures & with good conditions don't need humans at all. The modern bee world is far from perfect though. Is there enough food for them year round? Is there strong local bee genetics available to start with? Winter is problematic for bees. What kind of pesticides are used around there? What kind of bee pests are common there? I would suggest taking the class first & encouraging the neighbor who leases the land to take one also.
 
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You can build a Perrone hive and then not even look at it for a couple years of you like.  After a couple years, you can harvest a box of honey once a year or so and leave it alone.
 
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Bees can frequently do very well with long periods without being inspected. After all, they are essentially wild animals. If I were planning something like you describe I would look at the Warre hive, which can be cheaply made using rough lumber. I'd also look for information on catching swarms and setting up bait hives in your area. You will have losses each year (all beekeepers do) but you can replace those losses easily with some initial investment in equipment and a system.

 
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