Any beekeepers out there?

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  1. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband and I are looking to expand our mini-farm with Bees. Does anyone have some good advice, pros/cons to raising bees for honey, etc.?
     
  2. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buuuumppp. [​IMG]
     
  3. Heidi

    Heidi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I researched bee keeping last winter because I'm interested as well, but wasn't willing to buy all the equipment and bees before I could speak to someone who actually is keeping bees - so I'd be interested what anyone else would have to say as well as you, mrsgibber. [​IMG]
     
  4. dirtdoctor

    dirtdoctor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YES beekeepers unite.

    I would recommend you get a couple of the BEE KEEPER books, go to HALF.com, and buy there.. pennies on the dollar.

    the periodicals are great AMerican beekeeper. and Apiaries are good sources,

    contact a local bee keeper, ask if they ahve any book recommendations, Chances are they have a mountain of magazines they would GIVE to you.

    Just tell them that your not going in to competition just wanna get a hive or two started for your home consumption and 4h or something for the kids learning.

    Contact the local pest control folks, often they ahve a number of a BEE COLLECTOR, who collects swarms, (instead of killin them).

    Start finding equipment on line someone sellign stuff for cheep....

    research then acquire and have FUN.

    Google... Bee keeping


    Take care and have a great time..
     
  5. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty much a lifelong beekeeper. Caught my first swarm in 1947. Manufactured equipment in the 60s and 70s as well as being a commercial beekeeper at the time. go to this site for great information http://www.beesource.com/forums/index.php
     
  6. JerseyFresh

    JerseyFresh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We kept bees in Utah for a few years and now have started up again in New Jersey. I would suggest contacting your state's beekeeping association (every state has one) and they can give you a mentor near your location. Beekeeping is best learned from an old timer. Sure you can do it all yourself but that's the hard way.

    I would also be very hesitant about buying used hive boxes and frames. You don't know if there are mites or beetles or viruses or rot or any of the other things you don't want to deal with. Plan on about $300 to get started with new (give or take). That won't cover your extractor which you may be able to borrow if the association has one that they share.

    I'd say bees have a steeper learning curve than chickens but we really have enjoyed them.

    Good luck,

    Alan.
     
  7. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is all great information! I'll pass along to my husband as he'll be deemed head beekeeper. [​IMG]

    I think we'll spend this summer researching & studying and then make a go of it next spring.

    It took us nine months of studying/prepping before we brought our chickens home...we like to be prepared. LOL
     
  8. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    Another grreat site to learn all about bees are the Beemaster forums and learning center.

    Find a local beekeeping association and join (it's inexpensive), here's a listing so you can look one up. That way you have access to a mentor, probably group buys on bees, equipment, etc. These clubs are a wealth of knowledge.

    There are lots of good beekeeping books out there, believe it or not, the Beekeeping for Dummies book is very good, might be a good place to start your research.

    I have equipment lists for anyone who is interested in how much it costs and what's needed to get started, pm me and I'll e-mail them to you.
     
  9. Sunny the Hippie Chick

    Sunny the Hippie Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Brookings Oregon
    You might want to look into city laws too.. You can keep 10 chickens in our town of 6,000 people.. Even can keep a roo if you dont get to many complaints. There is at least 3 roos that I know of that live in city limits.. I do believe I read some where that bee hives are not allowed in city limits.. You might want to check it out.. Or keep one of the hidden bee hives that I have seen. I went to a restaurant in a town an hour away.. They had a behive behind glass that you could watch.. Unknown if the place still has it or not.
     
  10. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to a restaurant in a town an hour away.. They had a behive behind glass that you could watch.. Unknown if the place still has it or not.

    That would be so cool!​
     

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