How To Start Beekeeping

man covered in beesPhillip’s trying to turn me into a beekeeper. An email I received from him, which I think is applicable for anyone wanting to start beekeeping [in New Brunswick]:

If you ever wanted to set up a standard hive in your backyard, here’s the simplest way of doing if you ordered from these guys:

Nuc box: $135.
Starter kit with extra brood box: $255.75.
Medium honey super (or box) on the off chance you can harvest honey the first year: $17.00.
10 medium frames (without foundation) for the honey super: $14.

You could get 10 all-in-one plastic medium frames for the honey super for $28.50, but foundationless frames would be more fun for the kids. They’d be able to cut the honey comb right off the frames and eat it.

You’d have to get gloves, veil and hats for everyone, but you might be better off ordering from Beemaid:

because even with shipping, you’d probably get a better deal on the clothes.

In the end, it would cost about $400 for everything you might possibly need in the first year. Man, that’s cheap.

However, if you know anyone who knows how to build things with wood, something like this would be really cool:

I’ve seen better and simpler designs online, but this gives you an idea of what a top bar hive is like. The sliding door allows you to observe the hive without bothering the bees. I’ve seen other designs that have a flap door on the side that opens up with plexiglass behind it. A top bar hive, especially with an observation door, is more kid-friendly. You can practically inspect the hive without ever pulling out the frames. But when you do inspect them, you don’t have to lift the entire roof off the hive and expose all the bees to the air like with a conventional hive. It’s easy for you and easier on the bees. The tricky part is getting a nuc package with frames that will fit in a top bar hive.

Anyway. Just a thought.



3 Replies to “How To Start Beekeeping”

  1. A made minor edits to the post. And remember I ain’t no expert, and no matter what you do, you WILL get stung eventually. But it’s not bad as long as it’s not in the face.

  2. phillip my beekeeper here knows a beekeeper named skinner from cornerbrook she thinks…I was looking to put one behind the market here…but …yup…insurance..the municipal insurer…said what?…it was just not worth the hassle …yet….I may try later…I have a friend who is handy and he made his own boxes….he just bought the hat…and has hand no problems… has two boxes behind his garage…

    • phillip my beekeeper here knows a beekeeper named skinner from cornerbrook she thinks…

      I don’t know anyone by their last name. (I’m kind of like Jesus in that way.) The only beekeepers I know from Corner Brook are the two gals who run The Newfoundland Bee Company. One of their dads started beekeeping and they took over and expanded the operation. They should pay me in bees to remake their website (it could use some work).

      I was looking to put one behind the market here…but …yup…insurance..

      That’s silly. And you don’t even need land to do it. Put ’em on the roof (if you have a flat roof). No one will ever know they’re there, and the bees don’t care.

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