The first and main thing you need to do is do your research. You are not going to know every bit of knowledge about keeping bees in one internet search. It takes time to educate yourself.
We recommend that anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper join a local beekeeping club. Whether you know it or not, almost every state has a beekeepers’ association and many, many communities have beekeeping clubs and offer classes on the ins and outs of keeping bees.
Beginners typically want to have a beekeeper suit and gloves. If you haven’t spent a lot of time around an active hive, you may feel a little intimidated by your new hobby. No one really wants to get stung if it can be avoided. You will also need a special made tool called a “hive tool”. This is used specifically for arranging and inspecting your frames in the hive. One other thing you may look into is a “smoker”. This tool creates smoke, calming your bees before you enter their hive.
Housing is going to be your most important piece of equipment when it comes to your bees. I mean, they need a home, right? To start, you will need what is called a deep-brood box with 10 frames with foundation, a bottom and a lid. Another form of housing is called a nuc or nucleous colony.
Nuc (Nucleus Colonies)
Nucs are made from larger honey bee colonies. They contain only 5 frames of foundation. They are great for starting new hives after a split. We use nucs to split off of our larger hives to create the new hives that we sale. Once the bees have completely filled the nuc boxes with brood, eggs, honey and pollen they are ready for their permanent homes in the deep-brood boxes.
As said above we do sell nucs, or nucleus colonies. Each nuc we sell comes with 5 frames of worker bees, a new queen, eggs, larvae, pollen and honey. Unfortunately, we do not sell the actual nuc boxes but we do have temporary nucs boxes for sale to transfers your bees in.
Since nucs are pick-up only here are a few options we have for you:
For local buyers, you can drop off your 5/8/10 frame box at any time. Make sure to leave your name and phone number under the lid. You will also need to be certain you come with top, bottom, and strap to hold everything together along with a closure for the entrance. We will call you when filled.
You can purchase one of our temporary boxes for $25 to transport your bee’s home.
You also have the option to bring your own box on pickup day and we can transfer the bees into your box at no additional charge.
Nucs will be held on site for pick up in Aliceville, Alabama.
You can call us anytime for more information or to order one of our nucs.
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Location is extremely important when setting up your bees. Be sure you find a suitable location for your hives. You want to be sure the location is in a non-flooding area, preferably little to no shade. And for best results be sure to have them face east, the sooner the sun hits their landing strip the sooner they are up and heading to work. Also, for safety reasons, be sure your hives are at a safe distance from neighbors and livestock.
Bringing Home Your Nuc
When you get home with your 5 Frame Nucs, place them next to your prepared box. Remove all frames from your prepared box. Gently remove each frame of bees and place them in the center of your ten frame box. You will then add five of your remaining frames to each side of the box. (ex. two frames on one side and three frames on the other side).
As your new hive buzzes with life, you will want to do frequent checks on the health of the bees and the queen.
And be active! Connect with other beekeepers in your area or online. Not everyone understands the life of a beekeeper, but the ones who do can offer some great insight and camaraderie in the shared art of beekeeping.