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Forum: How to Start Beekeeping

A joint effort to develop an FAQ on all aspects of beginning beekeeping.

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  1. What needs to be considered before taking the first step.

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  2. Covers all the basic equipment needed to begin. Type, size, cost, etc.

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  3. Books and resources for the beginner.

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  4. Location, direction, stands, for hives. Things to consider when choosing an apiary site.

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  5. Package/Nuc, Swarms, Breed, etc.

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  6. For discussion of the various types of hives; Langstroth, Top Bar, etc., and how to do an initial setup. Things to consider, pros and cons; such as future extracting issues and supering. Frame and foundation types.

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  7. First season management to obtain strong colonies for wintering. How often to inspect, seasonal timing, and things to be looking for. Will/should I get honey the first year?

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  8. Different "treatment" paths to consider, pro/con. IPM strategies. What should a first year beekeeper concern themselves with?

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  9. Should you take honey the first year? If so, how? How much? Various methods for harvesting the honey.

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  10. Preparing for winter. Do I need to feed? What about reducing the entrance? Wrap the hive?

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