Approximately two weeks ago, I had the strangest conversation. My cousin from Texas was describing to me about a new hobby that he was just becoming. He explained that it was somewhat different than other hobbies he’d done previously, but it was much more rewarding – and he was having a blast! I said. “How do I begin?” He replied that I had to get online and find a bee hive.
My first response was thinking to myself that I actually did not want to get stung all of the time. I went online as he’d suggested and did a search on”bee hives available”. And what I discovered has set me on a path to really neat hobby of my own. So I thought I would take a couple of minutes from my day to share with you my experiences of the many kinds of bee hive starter kits on the market, and give you a couple of pointers to assist you along the way.
If you’re considering getting started with beekeeping, the first thing I’d suggest is that you just do a little bit of research about bee hives online. Typically I discovered that there are two chief types of beehive: those made with timber, and those created with a styrofoam type substance. Of the wooden ones, you can get them fully assembled from the producer, or partly assembled. My first bit of advice is that if you are not mechanically inclined, I would advise that you obtain a hive where the supers and frames are already assembled. It’ll save you quite a lot of hassle. A fully constructed hive will frequently even be painted for you. But if you are a do it yourself person (I am not!) Then I imagine it would be a fun job putting together your own hive from scratch.
The other option that you’re sure to find out that there are hives made from a styrofoam material, as stated above. These are neat hives since the meeting is at a minimum and they’re extremely self-contained. The primary benefit however is they fare better in extreme environments, due to the fact that their high insulation evens out the ups and downs in temperature. Another tip for you will be to consider this kind of hive if you reside in colder weather.
Another recommendation I will make for you will be to locate your hive first before you purchase your bees! It takes you a little time to get everything prepared, even if you get an assembled hive. Additionally, it can take some time for your hive to get there, so I would recommend at least a week to get it and a few days to be certain that you have what you require. Just be sure to leave ample time prior to your bees arrive (looking for bees is another matter which I will not address here.)
Anyhow, I hope this starter post points you in the right direction! There are great respectable places online to locate your hive, and it is an enjoyable community. Once I get a bit more beekeeping under my belt, I wish to post another article with more tips.