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How do you start Bee keeping?
Ok so you want to start keeping bees, the first thing you should do is start reading as many books as possible, one that we would recommend starting with is Bees at the bottom of the garden
Find and join your local bee keeping association. Follow this link for a list of Bee keeping Associations that we are compiling.
Bees arriving back at the hive
What do you need to start keeping bees?
When we first started out, we were told that keeping bees needn't cost a lot of money, however we have not really found a way to keep bees on the cheap!
We purchased a starter or beginners kit, from one of the major suppliers in the country, the kit included a complete National bee hive, flat packed , large stainless steel beekeeping smoker , a protective jacket & veil, beekeeping gloves , and of course a bee hive , stainless steel J-tool or hive tool. We found that the items included in the cheaper complete kits were not exactly the items that we would have selected if we had purchased them separately and had the benefit of a couple of years bee keeping behind us at that point.
You may find it more beneficial to speak to your local bee keepers and ask them, who supply's their bee keeping equipment and then go directly to them.
Keeping honeybees should be considered a privilege and the hobbyist should discover that with the sale of excess honey, the bees will start to pay their own way, we re-invest any profits back into our honeybees with buying new supers, frames, hive stands and the like.
Your first colony is likely to be a nucleus, made up of one mated queen, a couple of thousand bees on 5 frames, in some sort of container or hive, commonly called
a "5 frame nuc". Notice in the photograph below the queen has had her wings clipped and a blue dot painted onto her thorax for easier identification.
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