Reasons to NOT get bees
- You will get stung
- Expense (see below for an example budget)
- Requires a time commitment, especially when the weather is good
- Migratory hives
- Disappointment – despite best, most knowledgeable efforts, hive sometimes perish
Reasons to get bees
There are many great reasons to consider becoming a beekeeper, including:
- Help honeybees
- Interesting hobby
- Connect with the environment
- Bragging rights – it’s a pretty cool hobby
Becoming a Beekeeper
If you wish to have bees on your property, but are not sure you want to commit to tending them yourself, please reach out to GBA and see if anyone in the club would like to manage a hive for you.
So, you want to become a beekeeper:
- Bees are typically delivered in the spring, usually in April. If you are getting a “package”, you must install it as soon as you get it, so your hive needs to be ready, you have the required equipment (particularly a suit!), and your brain has some basic information.
- If you’re getting a “nuc”, you have a little more wiggle room on the hive, but you will still need a suit and tools. Best to install the nuc in your hive ASAP.
- Equipment – what equipment will I need?
- Budget – how much will it cost?
- Installation – how to install bees into your hives.
- Maintenance – some tips for working with your bees.
- Schedule – monthly tasks.
- Things That Can Go Wrong – pests and other problems.
- Resources – Other sites, books, magazines, advice.
- Start with 2 hives.
- Be prepared. Have your hives and gear ready for receiving your first bees.
- Join GBA.
- GBA wants to support you. Reach out to the club and to members for help and advice. Members will be willing to come to check out your hives with you.
Click here to view or download a PDF of “Getting Started”.