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BEGINNING BEEKEEPING

Beekeeping is a very rewarding hobby. When you start you will find yourself wanting to go into the hive often, because you find out it is not a scary thing at all, you become attached to your hive and the little creatures that live in it. There is great satisfaction knowing that without you they can not survive. There used to be wild honey bees but these days with verroa mites and american foul brood it is not possible for them to live without a beekeeper to take care of them and control these pests and spores.

One of the things you need to consider in this fast paced world we live in is the time comittment you will need to make to take care of your bees.This is about 1/2 hour every 7-8 days on average (this can be adjusted if you have holidays or work away from home) to check for space, evidence of a queen, make sure there are no queen cells and make sure that your brood looks healthy (no pinholes, and no mumified larvae).

Now that you know you can commit that amount of time you are ready for the big leap! Keep in mind all the equipment to get started can be used over and over or even resold it is just the initial cost. these things can be used for a long time. I have a box at home that is over 100 years old and I have an extractor that was made in the 1920's (using it for display puposes only because it is galvanized). Point being it is long lasting.

A nucleus colony (nuc) is the best way to start for a new beekeeper. A 4 frame nuc is a small colony with the standard being two frames of brood, 1 frame of honey and pollen and a pulled frame for the queen to lay in. The box is full of bees with a queen eaither in a cage or loose in the hive. People sell different variations of this but this is the most common and is what I came up with when I first researched it. Approx Price in Canada is $200. and they can't be imported because of the different laws in place to protect our bees from variose desease that other countries have. The reason I say the nuc is the best way to start is it only has about 10,000 bees in it and when you put that in a 10 frame box it doesn't seem like very many bees compaired to opening a box with 50,000 bees. At least in my experience that is what i find.

Now the nuc needs to expand into a 8 or 10 frame deep hive body because the bees are always expanding during summer when there is a nectar flow. They just build and build until fall when it starts to cool down. Your two boxes that hold ten frames each with a bottom board, inner cover, lid and 16 frames will cost you approx. $140. now you can attempt to make these (all but the frames) but you must be sure the frames will fit.

Other things you will need is protective clothing, hive tool and depending on how well your bees do you may need another super with frames for a honey super and a queen excluder. Then come September you will need to think about treating your bees for mites,American Foul Brood and Nosema.

You can order most of these things from a bee supply store. You will also need a winter wrap which may be purchased at a bee suppie store or you can do some research and wrap them using your own imagination, but the main thing is that you need to insulate the inner cover and make sure they have ventilation at the top and the bottom. You also have to make sure they have enough food. A double brood box hive should be 80 to 100 pounds. If not you need to feed them with two parts sugar and one part water. After you have done all of these things you can take a rest from your bees for the winter.

Spring for your bees starts around March 15 to the first of April, wait for a nice day around 8 to 10 degrees C. Open the box and put in a pollen paddy (you can buy from a bee supply store for $2. or make your own with a little research) and some syrup using a mixture of one part sugar to one part water. Much thinner then the fall because you are trying to simulate a nectar flow to make the queen start laying eggs to boost population for the summer to come. Then just leave them wrapped until the temp. is well above zero consistantly during the day. bees will not fly much until the temp is above 8 degrees C. below that they just stay in a ball in the hive.

I hope this helps you to better understand what is required and doesnt discourage anyone from starting to keep bees. it is not as hard as it sounds and it doesnt seemdifficult at all because you get so much joy from it. and you get more vegetables from your garden, nicer flower beds, more fruit from your trees not to mention what you are doing for native plants and wildlife that need the wild berries and other fruits and nuts. OH YA just about forgot you get your own honey that comes as a byproduct of all the fun and joy you get from having your own bees.

So for initial cost nucleus colony $200.
Double brood box hive with all parts $140.
Protective clothing and tools $80 - 100

Total aprox $420. But most can be reused or sold if you loose interest.
by
Scott Ferrier - Ferrier's Maplebee Farm


2019 Posts
Aug 9 - Taking off honey
July 20 - Swarms ...
July 19 - Needing Queens
July 17 - Pesticide Free
July 9 - INSECTICIDES!
July 9 - Not Posting Much
June 28 - Walking Around
June 5 - I have proof
June 4 - Ireland's grafting box
June 4 - Working in the rain
May 29 - Actually 3 Queens
May 28 - Lots of calls and emails
May 24 - Just Workinng
May 19 - Setting up mating nucs
May 11 - Beeyard Mishaps
May 10 - Pollen Collection
May 7 - Large Shipment
Apr 17 - Unwrapping My Hives
Apr 3 - Small Load
Apr 1 - Cracking The Lid
Mar 27 - Can't Wait
Mar 23 - Splitting Today
Mar 11 - List of our Meetings
Mar 9 - Making Their Mark
Mar 9 - Sign of Spring
Mar 5 - Start Needing More
Feb 24 - Beginner Beekeeping
Feb 23 - About This Yard
Feb 22 - Couple Dead Hives
Feb 8 - Different Stages
Feb 6 - Comb Is Gold
Feb 1 - Shovelled The Snow
Jan 29 - HORDING
Jan 23 - BEES! This Is The Time ...
Jan 23 - List In A First Come ...
Jan 16 - These Two Yards
Jan 16 - Test Building Looks ...
Jan 8 - The Day and Age
Jan 7 - The Time of Year
Jan 3 - Nucleus Colonies
Jan 3 - Shared Posts
Jan 2 - Colours Used
Jan 2 - Multi Colour Queens
Jan 1 - Happy New Year

2018 Posts
Dec 17 - Gift Certificate
Dec 14 - Santa Bees
Dec 9 - About Bees
Dec 6 - One of the farmers
Dec 6 - Gift Certificates
Dec 2 - Already Beekeepers?
Dec 1 - The Chirtmas Draw
Dec 1 - Dec. 2018 Winner
Nov 28 - Wrapped
Nov 25 - Something Looks Wrong
Nov 17 - Change the Order Form
Nov 17 - Evaporator For Sale
Nov 17 - Letter to share
Nov 15 - Almaguin News Artical
Nov 15 - Creating quite a buzz
Nov 1 - Nothing Funnier Than People
Nov 1 - November Draw 2018
Oct 28 - Two Are Better Then ...
Oct 28 - Does Size Matter
Oct 25 - Building A Plan
Oct 5 - Honey Extraction
Sept 28 - Taking Orders 2019
Sept 22 - About My Fencing
Sept 22 - A Little Emotional
Sept 17 - Bigger Fence Charger
Sept 13 - Missing Fall Queens
Sept 10 - Ordering Nucleus Colonies
Sept 5 - Another Shipment
Aug 30 - Honey Super Off
Aug 24 - Two Laying Queens
Aug 20 - Maple Syrup Equipment for sale
Aug 17 - We have honey for sale!
Aug 16 - Shake A Honey Super
Aug 5 - Kearny Ragatta 2018
Aug 1 - Info On Bees
Aug 1 - 600 lbs
July 23 - End of the Line
July 21 - Driving By
July 13 - I Was A Sight!
Jun 26 - Helper
Jun 18 - More Queens
May 29 - Wipper Snipper
May 20 - Grafting larva
May 9 - Spring Made Easy
May 3 - Pulling Nucs
Apr 18 - 100 hives
Apr 19 - Their own profits - reposted
Apr 4 - Throught the feeder hole
Apr 4 - Opening a hive
Mar 29 - Distractions for pictures
Mar 22 - What if bees disappear?
Mar 20 - Save the Drone Bees
Jan 4 - Trip to Sudbury

2017 Posts
Dec 14 - 4 Frame ... Colonies
Dec 11 - Gift Ideas
Dec 9 - Cozy Winter Coat
Dec 1 - Christmas Month Giveaways!
Nov 15 - Winter Coats
Nov 11 - Powassan Bee Meeting
Oct 10 - Honeybee Nucleus Colonies
July - Video of Home Yard Supplies

2016 Posts
Feb 15 - BEGINNING BEEKEEPING
Nov 14 - Increased Orders

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