Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Beginning Beekeeping: The Costs

An Estimated Cost of Beekeeping for Your First Year.
from http://www.nebees.com/tipsandtricks.php

One of the first questions to come up at Beekeeping classes is, “How much does it cost to keep Honeybees?” This is a very good question. Most hobby or back yard beekeepers will keep one or two hives their first year. I always suggest keeping two hives so you can compare the difference. You will gain more knowledge and experience with two hives. The following is a breakdown of cost for your first year based on purchasing all new equipment:

One Hive Setup ----------------------------------- $229
(Includes bottom board, 2 Deep supers, 20 Deep frames, 2 Honey supers, 20 Honey frames, Queen excluder, Inner cover, Outer cover, and entrance reducer.)

Frame Feeder ----------------------------------- $10

Package of Bees----------------------------------- $110
( 3lbs of bees with a queen)

Clothing and Tools --------------------------------$125
( Veil, gloves, smoker,2 hive tools, bee brush)

Bee School------------------------------------------ $100
(School sometimes includes a text book)

Extraction ----------------------------------------- $15
(Some clubs rent extraction equipment)

Total First year with one hive------------------$589

Total First year with two hives----------------$1038
(Additional hive setup, package of bees
And medication and feed)

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