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!