SO YOU WANT TO BE A BEEKEEPER...
If you want to be a bee keeper, there are a few things you need to do and thing you need to find out if you are able to do before you can buy your first hive tool and bee jacket. If you can say yes to all these things, then dive right in.
- •Find out how you feel about having your face less than 6" from 50,000 stinging insects. Do you feel calm? Relaxed? Or are you about to run away, screaming like a mental patient?
- •Are you able to join a local bee keeping association or guild (yes. A guild. Bee keepers are old school)? The best way to learn bee keeping is from a person who has been doing it for a while, and they best way to find some one like that is to join a beekeeping group.
- •Are you able to lift a box that can weigh between 50 and 100 pounds? Honey is heavy. It is Very heavy. A full deep 10 frame super can weigh nearly 100 lbs when full of honey.
- •Are you into delayed gratification? You are not likely to harvest any honey in your first year. If you do, it will probably not be more than a jar or two.
- •Are you willing to make a large initial investment? Jackets, hives, hive tools (you will lose at least two your first year), and not to mention the bees themselves. All of these things are expensive. There are a lot of ways to save money like catching swarms and building your own hives, but all this takes know how a novice won't have.