Intermediate Beekeeper

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by goatwishingstar, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. goatwishingstar

    goatwishingstar Active Member

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    Im interested in keeping a few bees. What are some basic steps to start a small beekeeping business or have bees for a hobby? Any info should help!
     
  2. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    You came to the right place to find out the answer to your question. But you did scroll down to far as the advice for a new bee keeper is the second post here.
    The link> http://homesteadingtoday.com/showthread.php?t=53438

    Has a lot of good information for some one just starting out or just thinking about it.

    :D Al
     

  3. Sunmo

    Sunmo Well-Known Member

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    Goat--

    I'm a big believer in joining your local bee keeping club/association. Not only is there way more advice and knowledge for free there, but the more experienced bee guys will go out of their way to help you. Many will let you know when they work their bees and you get a chance to go over and help (It's a college class in beekeeping).

    Plus, they generally have a "Swarm List". When people want swarms removed, they may call 911 who in turn refers them to someone on the list, sponsered by the club. Our list has been so successful here in western WA that many of us have collected way more bees than we ever thought we'd get. We also order our package bees in the spring, all together. It makes shipping lots easier.

    Conceptually, we'd all pool our resources and order hive bodies/supers/other bee equipment and get a discount, but we have a couple bee supply folks in our club that already sell equipment pretty cheap.