google.com, pub-7492931051063262, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 Honey Bees | MittenAcres

© 2019 Mitten Acres Farm.  All content & photographs are property of Mitten Acres.  The products, recipes and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition.  All information provided on this web site or any information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new herbal treatment, remedy, cream, salve or lotion, any supplements, food or diet recommendation, exercise program, before taking any herbal remedy or medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.  We disclaim any liability in connection with any use of the information provided in this website or printable recipes provided herein.  

Our Honey Bee Hives

Our first year keeping honey bees

I've always wanted to keep honey bees but was hesitant to spend so much money to get started.  There is nothing cheap about getting into keeping honey bees.

From buying the protective gear - the suit, gloves, veil, hat  and smoker to the hive, foundations, bottom boards, inside cover, outside cover, whether you have 8 - frame or 10-frame hives, you'll average about fifteen hundred dollars once you add you bees!  

 

Since it is highly recommended you start with 2 hives, that can add another five to six hundred with a package of bees.  Investing so much just to get started was one reason I was so apprehensive about getting them. In Michigan, the state does not require apiaries to be registered but individual cities and townships may have regulations.  MSU has a PDF on beekeeping in Michigan you can download here.

Since beginning with bees this last spring, I've completed a beginning beekeeper course at Michigan State University, joined two bee clubs, read a couple of books, attend meetings & seminars on beekeeping as well as speaking with local beekeepers.

Now I just pray I can keep them alive and healthy!  There is definitely a learning curve on keeping honey bees. 

I am hopeful our hives will thrive here at Mitten Acres!

I'll be keeping you updated via our blog!