Becoming a Hobby Beekeeper…..getting started:
NOTE: Sometimes beehives are available via our local hobby beekeeping group, Bees Boyz and Girlz. These local bees come from splits/swarms/removals that the members occasionally do. You can use the contact page on this site to get more information on what is available.
Getting started in hobby beekeeping can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. Learning what you need to know, assembling all the required hardware and then finding a source for a package of bees to be shipped to you is not easy. In addition, packaged bees from other parts of the country are not always best suited for our southwest Florida area.
The complete beehive consists of a brood box, screened entrance bottom board, top cover board, frames and foundation (including bee built brood/pollen/nectar comb), and, of course, bees with a laying queen. By getting an established hive instead of buying a “package of bees”, you are more likely to have success and probably honey in your first season. In general, locally raised queens/hives will outperform those obtained from commercial queen/package farms because they are better adapted to the southwest Florida location. All the physical work of gathering the individual hive equipment/bees, assembly, and mistakes of getting started is minimized and you can just concentrate on learning to become a beekeeper. When the Bees Boyz and Girlz group has some hives available, the complete hive box, including the bees will run around $150-$200. Add up all the individual hardware/bees costs involved and this is a very reasonable price. All you need is a bee suit and a few simply tools and the willingness to join the wonderful world of backyard hobby beekeeping! Contact me here .
What hives are available changes often.
The hives are usually well established hives and have normally grown in size beyond the “nuc” or “starter hive” sizes.
|The “turnkey” langstroth beehives consists of a screened bottom board, a brood box with 10 natural comb and wax coated plastic foundation wood frames, a telescoping top covered board, and a well established hive of bees and their queen. All finger joint beehive boxes are primed and painted to stand up to the elements.
Please be aware, like any endeavor with wildlife, there is never any guarantee of success. Nobody can give you a guarantee when it comes to having a beehive. Beehives can get overwhelmed with pests and disease, or, in some cases, just decide to leave the hive if they don’t have the flora in the area. Being a beekeeper involves all the ups and downs associated with a hobby that is based on a living organism.
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