We have purchased bees several different ways. Our very first hive was purchased as a deluxe kit from World of Beekeeping. It had everything we needed to get started, including everything needed to assemble our own hive with 2 deeps and one medium box with frames, bee suit, gloves, veil, hive tool, frame lifter, smoker, full instructions, even an incredible starter video , etc. We had a blast assembling it over the winter, painted it hot pink, watched the videos several times and prepared our observation notebook. This cost about 500 $. We ordered a 3 lb box of bees with a fertilized queen from a bee farm about 2 hours drive away. We installed our bees (about 85$) and fed them until they were up and running on their own.We have also purchased an established hive with 2 deep boxes and a fertilized queen (about 500$). Our thinking was to get more built up frames and more honey sooner, plus a different experience for the family. We had to add a honey super right away and it is a very strong hive. We love BeeHelp.com as beekeepers from all over can use the forums to get questions answered and take an incredible month by month beekeeping course that answers every question you could ever have! It is great for family to get together and learn about beekeeping together. Another thing we learned from Ron Upshaw’s World of Beekeeping videos is to carry an Epipen for safety (about 90$ for a 2 pack here), and always suit up. Nothing beats learning from a real beekeeper, and we have truly learned a great deal from the above sources in a fun way! Once your hives are set up, the cost is really just new bees if you lose a hive, and jars for honey (we use mason canning jars and print our own fun labels). We have passed down our extractor over the years, but honey can be extracted easily with a strainer and hot knife to avoid excessive expense from that. Beekeeping has been a real blast for us!
I had to do some research on this question myself. It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact cost of starting a hive. There are a lot of different options for materials and supplies to consider when purchasing items to start a hive. I found an article from Illinois State University that gives a lot of good information about the cost of starting a hive and things to consider. Here is a link to that article http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/~wenning/HIBA/bkcourse/counting.pdf.
Our family has kept bees for several generations and we love it! The initial cost is something to consider, and there is always the loss of a hive here and there, especially in a hard winter to deal with. As a child, I read and reread the book, The Hive and the Honeybee. My children read my copy, and then watched the worldofbeekeeping.com videos. We have also found BeeHelp.com to be a fabulous course to take online.
Beekeeping is a great way to get together outdoors with your family, learn about your complex and often puzzling colony, and have a big party to extract the most delicious honey imaginable!
I’m interested. how much does it cost to start to get one hive started?
As a new beekeeper myself, I would highly suggest that before getting bees, go on the net and locate your local beekeeping club and go to some meetings, people there will help and advise you in how to get the right kind of start. Also, universities have web pages devoted to beekeeping. (University of Florida for one) It’s very important to learn how to keep bees alive now that imported parasites are killing hives by the thousands.
I HAVE SEVERAL BONFIRE PEACH TREES, WHEEPING CHERRY, CRAPE MYRTLE AND APPLE TREES. I GET HUGE AMOUNTS OF BEES! THEY REALLY LOVE THE BONFIRE PEACH TREES. SUGGEST PLANTING THESE IF YOU REALLY WANT BEES!