About two months ago, I had the strangest conversation. My cousin from Texas was explaining to me about a new hobby that he was just becoming. He explained that it was a bit different than other hobbies he had done previously, but it was so much more rewarding – and he was having a blast! He suggested I give it a try too. I said. “How do I get started?” He replied that I had to get online and find a bee hive. “A bee hive?” I was floored that he was suggesting I get involved in beekeeping.
My first response was thinking to myself that I actually didn’t want to get stung all of the time. I went online as he’d suggested and did a search on”bee hives for sale”. And what I found has set me on a path to really neat hobby of my own. So I thought I would take a couple of minutes out of my day to share with you my experiences of the various kinds of bee hive starter kits out there, and give you a few pointers to help you along the way.
If you’re considering getting started with beekeeping, the first thing I would suggest is that you do a little bit of research about bee hives online. Typically I discovered that there are two chief types of beehive: those made with wood, and those made with a styrofoam type material. Of the wooden ones, you can get them either fully constructed from the producer, or partly assembled. My first piece of advice is that if you’re not mechanically inclined, I would recommend that you obtain a hive where the supers and frames are already constructed. It will save you quite a lot of hassle. A fully assembled hive will frequently even be painted for you. But if you are a do it yourself person (I’m not!) Then I imagine it would be a fun job putting together your own hive from scratch.
The other option which you’re sure to find out there are hives made from a styrofoam material, as mentioned above. These are neat hives since the assembly is at a minimum and they are very self-contained. The chief advantage however is that they fare better in extreme environments, due to the fact that their higher 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 can make for you is to find your hive first before you purchase your bees! It takes you a little time to get everything ready, even if you get an assembled hive. Additionally, it can take time for your hive to arrive, so I would recommend at least a week to receive it and a few days to make sure you have what you require. Just make sure you leave ample time prior to your bees arrive (looking for bees is another subject which I will not address here.)
Anyhow, I hope this starter article points you in the right direction! There are great respectable places online to locate your hive, and it’s an enjoyable community. Once I get a bit more beekeeping under my belt, I want to post another article with more tips.