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To: C210N

How do you get started with bees? I'd like to do this in my yard.


22 posted on 04/02/2007 6:39:01 AM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: CJ Wolf
How do you get started with bees? I'd like to do this in my yard.

I started by signing up for an evening adult ed at a local school, run by a local bee club. We used "Beekeeping for Dummies" (what else!?), available from Amazon. Check out some beekeeping supply houses on the web (MannLake, Betterbee, Dadant and others).

It will cost about $300 to setup your first hive, plus $70 for 3 lbs of bees with queen (she is kept separated till you populate the hive). If you live in a northern clime, you'd probably be best to learn now, and plan for a hive or two in April 2008.

32 posted on 04/02/2007 6:57:15 AM PDT by C210N (Bush SPIED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: CJ Wolf

How do you get started with bees? I'd like to do this in my yard.


Check for your state beekeepers association. They can probably point you to a local association or beekeeper who can get you started. Beekeepers tend to be extremely friendly and helpful, and there's no substitute for local information when it comes to beekeeping.


33 posted on 04/02/2007 6:59:44 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Duncan Hunter '08 Pro family, pro life, pro second Amendment, not a control freak.)
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To: CJ Wolf

Find a local bee keeper group, attend a meeting. Find a mentor there who will help you get started.

Now, that is within the next 2 or 3 weeks, is the best time to start. You buy a hive and a package of bees and voila....you're a bee keeper.

Bee keepers are like FReepers they like one another but have varying ideas on how to do any thing.

It's tough keeping bees at present. They die off.


35 posted on 04/02/2007 7:15:25 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Abby is my girl....)
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