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Bee-Ginner's Guide

Is this the year that you become a beekeeper?

Beekeeping is a fantastic hobby that is enjoyable and has multiple benefits but one that should not be entered into lightly without some knowledge. Honey bees are live creatures that can easily perish if not properly managed. You will want to read books, watch videos, and speak with fellow beekeepers in your area to gain understanding on what beekeeping will entail.

The first step before purchasing beekeeping equipment is to check your local community to see if there are any restrictions or ordinances on having bee hives. It is also not a bad idea to let your neighbors know your intentions to become a beekeeper. They may find more bees in their garden or come across some drinking from their pool.

Ready to Get Started? Here is more information to consider.

  • Find a reputable Company from which to get bees. Brushy Mountain Bee Farm offers beekeeping supplies all year long but bees are only sold for pick up during spring months.
  • Know what to do if you are stung. Allergies can develop over time, therefore, have a plan in place in case you get stung. Even for the people that have never shown any reaction it only takes one sting to become allergic. It is possible to go an entire year or years without being stung, however at some point it will happen.
Join a Bee Association!

One of the most valuable resources you can have is to join a local association or bee club. Through membership with these organizations you will gain much knowledge of the beekeeping industry give you access to local and state events and you will have the opportunity to meet a mentor that will help you with any challenges and can assist you if you need to contact your local bee inspector. The experience of going into a hive with someone that has kept bees for several years is extremely helpful.
Check out our Bee Association Map for a full list of Bee Associations near you.

When do I start my bee hives?

You want to start your hives early in spring to allow your bee colonies to build in population before nectar flow. You will want to have all your equipment ready and your hives built before you order your bees. The best option for anyone just getting started is our Bee-Ginner's Kits. These will include all the essentials you need to start your experience minus the bees. For a list of different equipment, see What You Need!

What size Hives do I get?

Generally speaking there are two different styles of hives in the market. You have the option of the traditional 10-frame hive or you can go with the smaller 8-frame hive. We offer Bee-Ginner's Kits in both sizes. The 8-frame is associated as a lighter hive that is easier to manipulate. Because it is smaller in size does not mean the colony will be smaller. 8-frame hives simply expand upwards sooner than 10-frame hives which expand outwards. Some beekeepers like to use nine frames in the 10-frame super to allow for the bees to draw the comb deeper.

There are many tools beekeepers can utilize. You may not need it all at once but over time you will find what works for you.