How Do You Get Bees

The four most common ways to get bees and start a colony include: Purchase a nuc from a local beekeeping supplier. Buy a package of bees. Catch a swarm. Split a hive with someone with an existing colony.

How do I get started with bees?

8 Steps to Getting Started with Your Own Hive First, educate yourself. Gather your hive and equipment. Order your bees. Set up your hive. Introduce the bees to their hive. Put the top back on the hive, and pray for the best. Feed the bees. Check on your bees periodically.

What is the best way to get bees?

The two most common ways to receive bees are: package bees or a nucleus hive. Package Bees: To order a package of bees, contact a local beekeeper supply or local beekeeping association. Most packages will contain a queen, multiple workers, and a feeder filled with sugar syrup.

How do I get bees for my new hive?

There are four ways to get bees: you can buy a nucleus (a “nuc”), you can buy a package of bees, or you can get on a swarm list and either buy a swarm from someone who has already collected them or you may catch the swarm yourself. A nuc is a starter kit for a Langstroth hive.

How do you get honey bees?

Beekeeping Basics: How to Raise Honeybees in Your Backyard Choose the location. Bees need four things. Prepare the location. Install the bees. Feed the bees. Inspect the hives inside and out. Check regularly for pests and diseases. Expand the hive when necessary. PEST CONTROL.

Can I keep bees in my backyard?

This means that new beekeepers are likely to live in a suburban neighborhood. Additionally, since a typical Langstroth hive only requires a few square feet, almost every backyard has more than enough space for a hive, so just about anyone with a yard could potentially keep bees.

Will an empty beehive attract bees?

Yes, an empty beehive will attract bees. Even if it isn’t positioned up in a tree or converted to a bait hive, the scout bees can smell residual beeswax in the wood. If you have an empty hive and want to make it more attractive to bees, you can add a swarm lure.

How do I attract bees to my house?

Plant herbs that attract bees. If you have space for a little herb garden, that’s another great way to attract bees. Mints attract certain types of bees, as do sage, rosemary, thyme, bee balm, and a number of other herbs. Here’s a list of herbs that bees love, for your reference: Bee Balm.

How much is a queen bee?

Queen Bees on the Market Online, you can expect to pay between $25 and $40 (not including any shipping charges) for a good quality, healthy, productive, and well-bred queen bee. Within smaller beekeeping communities, however, much trading of useful beekeeping produce and equipment goes on.

How many bees do you need to start a beehive?

You need 5–10 thousand worker bees and 1 queen bee at minimum to start a hive. A thriving hive can have up to 100 thousand bees in the height of the summer.

Where is the best place to put my beehive?

No direct wind– Hives should be placed in an area with a wind break such as a fence, shrubbery, trees or bushes. This is especially true in climates where temperatures drop below freezing. Northern facing sides of the hive should especially be protected in the winter in the northern United States.

How do I start a beehive without bees?

Grab a container where you can safely house the bees temporarily. Make sure that the container can be closed because you don’t want the bees escaping from it. Gently shake the bees into the container using the tree branch. Close the container tightly and bring it back home to transfer them over to their new hive.

How do you get a beehive in your backyard?

About Beehives Step 1: Place Bees in Brood Box. Removing a few frames from the brood box makes room for the bees. Step 2: Replace Frames. After the bees have been placed into the brood box, start putting the frames back into the box. Step 3: Place the Queen. Step 4: Feed the Bees. Step 5: Finish Assembly.

Is it expensive to keep bees?

The initial cost of beekeeping can be intimidating to new beekeepers. You will need to invest in supplies such as a hive, proper protective clothing, a smoker, and hive tool. As of this writing, a single new hive may cost about $150, clothing and gear may cost about $160, and a package of new bees may run $125 to $150.

What do I do if my neighbor has bees?

Just stay still. Once a bee realizes you’re not a flower and have no sweet nectar or sugar water to offer, it will go peacefully on its way. If your neighbor invites you to observe their beehive, keep a safe distance. We generally recommend standing at least ten feet away and never directly in front of the entrance.

Can my Neighbours keep bees?

“Beekeepers have the right to keep bees. Their neighbours have the right to enjoy their property in peace. Badly kept and positioned colonies can be a nuisance”. It is a beekeeper’s responsibility to avoid their bees becoming a nuisance and to take appropriate steps if they so become.

Do you need a Licence to keep bees?

You don’t need a licence to keep bees but Camilla says it is good to belong to a local association to keep you in touch with local expertise, local problems and conditions. There are a number of sources where you can get your bees from.

Can you start a hive with just a queen?

You can start a hive with only a mated queen. That mated queen will die but you will still have your hive. What you need is a colony of bees with a queen to place in the hive to become a working organism using the hive you provided for them.