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Bee in the know before you dive in
How much is the startup cost in becoming a beekeeper? IT DEPENDS. $400 - $850 The best part about being a Caprock Beekeepers Association Club Member is that we can help you navigation websites and find the best deals. We may also have some members that donate starter equipment before spending a fortune.
Beginner Beekeeping Class: $35-$75 Beehive: $120 - $200 Hive Tool: $7-$12 Bee Brush: $6 - $10 Bee Smoker: $30-$40 Protective Gear: $20-$160 (Veil, jacket, full body suit, gloves) (Another option is a Complete Starter Kit which come with all of the above and usually include a beginner beekeeping book as well. The basic starter kits and the deluxe starter kits range from $200-$450.)
Honeybees: Package bees $140 - $175 (appx 3lbs of worker bees in a screen box) Nucleus Colony $150 - $350 (4-5 frame established colony with a queen, brood frames and honey stores)
How important is it to take a Beginner Beekeeping class? The more you know the better before you dive in. An experienced beekeeper can help navigate initial startup from getting equipment, setting up the apiary, and basic hive management to get the new beekeeper through their first winter.
How much time and commitment is required to keep bees? Once a new hive is established, it is recommended to inspect every few weeks to check growth. Sometimes new beekeepers are a bit overzealous and open their hive several times a week. Although fine, this is not necessary and just disrupts the bees being productive.
How much space do I need for a beehive? A typical beehive is about 22 inches by 16 inces. Backyard beekeeping is vary viable. Facing the hive opening toward the fence will train the bees to fly out and straight up to find resources. This does not require a large yard. (This answer is specific to space, not considering any city ordinances or HOA requirements. Do your homework!)
What if a bee lands on me!! Dont panic and flail your arms like you are going to land a 747 airplane. A slight puff of air from your mouth and the bee will fly off.
What if a bee stings me! Get a credit card or business card and use the edge to quickly scrape/flick the stinger out of your skin. Don't use tweezers to pull out the stinger because you can squeeze the venom sac and push more venom into your skin.
After the sting, make a paste with baking soda and a drip of water and press it on the sting to help draw out the venom.
Why are bees getting in my chicken feed? Bees are attracted to the pollen and protien in the feed.
CAPROCK BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION Founded in 2016 OUR MISSION TO ENCOURAGE AND PROMOTE BEEKEEPING; TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE, EXCHANGE IDEAS, SHARE TECHNIQUES, SKILLS AND INFORMATION THROUGH MONTHLY MEETINGS, WORKSHOPS, PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS, PERSONAL MENTORING & FORMAL TRAINING