Best place to buy a hive

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by kgchis, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. kgchis

    kgchis Well-Known Member

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    OK. I am considering getting a hive for a hobby and to learn.

    Where would be the best place to buy a starter kit and what price? I know not to buy used since the hive could have disease.
     
  2. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    I recommend you read thew post here::::>http://homesteadingtoday.com/showthread.php?t=53438 It is to help new or thinking of becoming bee keeping persons.

    Cost of the hives are minor compaired to the shipping cost today. I would recommend you shop for a source near you. Or just build it your self.
    Kits are not really money savers. They just get you started and sell you a few things not really needed.

    :D Al
     

  3. FlipFlopFarmer

    FlipFlopFarmer Well-Known Member

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    I would find a local supply as I too found that shipping far outweighed the cost of the hive & equipment.

    You could always do what I did and just follow the signs for "Local Honey" and make a purchase and talk to the beekeeper(s). The guy gave me a hat/veil which needed only a little repair and he was able to point me in the direction of some good suppliers in the area and also ones to stay away from.

    :) Carla
     
  4. indypartridge

    indypartridge Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I agree with FlipFlop: find a beekeeper near you. Hunt down a local beekeeping association and attend a few meetings

    http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/organizations/mshoneybee/Library/AboutUS.html

    In general, beekeepers are more than happy to talk about their hobby and offer tips & suggestions for getting started, where to buy equipment, etc. Since beekeeping varies considerably from place to place, it's helpful knowing a local beekeeper, i.e., what works best for me in Indiana probably wouldn't apply in Mississippi.
     
  5. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Well-Known Member

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    It's in Canada so shipping may be a joke- but it's worth checking out www.beesource.com as it's the wholesaler that sells to everyone else. Shipping from them 'may' just be well worth the order. Unless you can find a wholesaler in the US.
     
  6. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Try Sippi Bee in Raymond Mississippi.