About two weeks ago, I had the strangest conversation. My cousin from Texas was describing to me about a new hobby that he was just getting into. It involved animals, he told me. He explained that it was somewhat different than other hobbies he had done previously, but it was much more rewarding – and he was having a blast! “Sure!” I said. “How do I begin?” He replied that I had to get online and find 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. However, the more I researched the idea, the more intrigued I became. I went online as he had 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 few minutes from my day to share with you my experiences of the many kinds of bee hive starter kits out there, and give you a few pointers to help you along the way.
If you’re thinking about getting started with beekeeping, the first thing I’d 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 created with a styrofoam type material. Of the wooden ones, you can get them fully assembled from the producer, or partly assembled. My first piece of advice is that if you are not mechanically inclined, I would advise that you get a hive where the supers and frames are already assembled. It’ll save you quite a lot of hassle. A fully assembled hive will often 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 stated above. These are neat hives because the assembly is at a minimum and they’re very 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 definitely consider this kind of hive if you reside in colder weather.
Another recommendation I will make for you will be to find your hive first before you order your bees! It will take 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 arrive, so I’d recommend at least a week to receive it and a couple days to make certain that you have what you require. Just be sure you leave ample time prior to your bees arrive (searching for bees is another matter which I won’t address here.)
Anyhow, I hope this starter article points you in the right direction! There are great reputable places online to find your hive, and it’s a fun community. Once I get a bit more beekeeping under my belt, I wish to post another article with more tips.