Need bee keeping advice

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by hypnofrogstevie, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I plan to do this one day but I need help with what to start with. I got a catalog that has all the equipment but I dont know what to get. Please educate me [​IMG]

    Thank you in advance
  2. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Before you buy anything, talk to someone in your local beekeepig club. Usually you can find the club or local beekkeepers through your county extension office. A full hive setup can cost roughly $300. You will need a hive base, at least 2 hive bodies, a queen excluder, several supers, frames and a top to start. You also need to buy a queen and bees. Then you also have to get protective gear, hive tools, a smoker and other equipment. It is easy to spend $400 to $500. for everything.

    Be very, very careful about buying used hives & frames. If the old equipment is infected with foul brood or any other diseases your bees will also be infected and you could lose the hive. Most states require that hives be registered and inspected by the state on a regular basis for disease.

    You should buy a good book like "Beekeeping for Dummies" to get started but your best resourse is finding a club. Our beekeeping club, sponsers 10 new beekeepers every year and give them a basic hive setup & bees to get started. They also assign a mentor to work with them and help when ever need.

    Good luck! Beekeeping is a great, fun hobby! We started last year with 1 hive and now are up to 3!
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Thank you for the info. I am going to do this next yr and thought I would ask some experts. Will this be addicting like chickens?
  4. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Very addicting! [​IMG]

    They don't take nearly the time that chickens do - although they are fun to watch. There is nothing much to do during winter. You only have to do occasional inspections and harvesting the honey. You do have to watch for mites and disease and treat if necessary. Just like chickens.

    One of the best things is that once you get to harvest the honey (which can be over 40 lbs per hive) you can sell it! Around here it sells for over $3. per lb! In a couple of years you will have paid for all of your start up equipment by selling the honey. The only problem is that you will probably want to buy more hives! [​IMG]
  5. kaylakala

    kaylakala Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    Melbourne Florida
    I've ALWAYS wanted to get into beekeeping!!

    We're hoping to move to a decent sized piece of land within the next couple of years. I'm glad I saw this post.
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I saw a package online for 5 hives so I am going to buy that next year. I cant wait to do this [​IMG]

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