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Offline Chuck

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« on: July 12, 2005, 10:37:25 PM »
I am very interested in beekeeping as both a hobby and for the potential income in the production and sale of the honey,wax etc. Where does one start? I am a man of modest means. I would like to build my own hives if I could find some good step by step directions. I don't intend on taking shortcuts but a little elbow grease can save alot of money in most cases.  I have been doing alot of reading but I have not found a really good beginners site on the web. Any suggestion?
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2005, 11:14:54 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2005, 11:29:57 PM »
If you want to start cheap, build a top bar hive.  Buy a package in the spring or find someone who will make a shaken swarm for you.

A top bar hive is easy to construct, can be made of scrap lumber and easy to work.

There are pictures of some of mine here:

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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2005, 11:18:32 AM »
My top picks:

Beekeeping For Dummies
This site!
And Beesource.com

There are a ton of choices out there. I used the stuff of beesource to build my hives though.

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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2005, 02:15:58 PM »
Like Beth mentioned, there's a ton of stuff out there.  When buying equipment, it shop around for a good price.  You'd be surprised at how one supplier is dollars cheaper than another supplier.  Also, make sure you don't have an apiary near your home (or hives).  I went 3 months without realizing that there is a 2800 hive apiary/supplier 15 minutes from my home!  Knowing about that place would have helped if, for one, they would have a website, two, I would have been from the area originally, and three, they would advertise better.  You never know what you'll find.
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2005, 04:48:09 PM »
Otherwise, if you don't want a TBH I'd say buy all mediums or better yet all eight frame mediums.  :)  Those 90 pound full deeps are too much for a human being to lift for very long.

Just say no to deeps.  :)
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