Posted Oct 27, 2015
I guess with keeping bees the first thing to note is that they aren't pets, they're livestock. But even at that, as a species they've proven themselves particularly resistant to domestication, so at best you are simply managing them and keeping up with their natural inclinations, e.g. to replicate the hive through swarming etc. Keeping bees in the cool, wet climate of Ireland was a challenge (bees don't like rain or cold!) but it's an extremely rewarding pasttime, with a surprising yield when the summer is good. Need intensive checking and managing, especially with things like the Varroa mite around, but an important hobby to take up and learn about (through your local beekeeping association).