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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Madison, NJ


    I'm a newbie looking for his 1st hive setup and i'm finding it difficult to choose one company over another. There seems to be large price differences between companies. Also, I kinda wanna stay traditional (no plastic, etc). Any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA


    Price them taking shipping into consideration and buy the cheapest. The bees aren't looking for the Hilton.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    North Alabama, SW Kentucky


    Hive parts:
    I agree, go for your best price over-all. You can get your order ready and get a quote on shipping to compare prices. You could easily pay the price of another hive just in shipping if you aren't warry.

    Some questions for you:
    Are you familiar with and planning on using small-cell foundation? If so, are the bees you are purchasing already on small-cell?

    I ask these questions for this reason. I, and a number of other beekeepers are going to small-cell foundation. This means that I spent a lot of money on large-cell foundation that I will not use.

    An alternative to the cost factor would be to build a Top Bar Hive. This will reduce the setup expense. Some of the keepers here use small strips of foundation (starter strips) in frames rather than full sheets. This might be a consideration for you if you intend to "regress" your bees.

    Just things to think about to help you plan for the future.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA


    Also, I know a lot of people who bought a starter kit or just bought deeps for the brood because "everyone" does it that way. Then after lifting deeps full of honey and hearing that you CAN use all mediums they regret ever buying the deeps. A full deep weighs 90 to 100 pounds. A full medium weighs about 60.

    I run all mediums.

  5. #5
    jfischer Guest


    I agree that "beginner kits" are overpriced
    collections of the cheapest junk one could
    possibly imagine, and do not include what one
    needs to get through even the first season.

    New Jersey has a half-dozen local beekeeper
    associations, one even in Morris county
    where you are. The last known contact
    for the Morris county organization is:

    Morris Count Bkpr Assoc
    Janet A. Katz
    460 Rt. 24
    Chester, NJ 07930
    Fax: 908-879-7529

    The NJ state association contact is:

    Landi Simone
    RD 3 Box 101-B
    Taylortown Road
    Boonton, NJ 07005

    Many new beekeepers who attend local
    meetings find themselves showered with
    gifts from beekeepers being forced by
    significant others to "get rid of some
    of that extra junk". Any beekeeper worthy
    of the title can at least give a new beekeeper
    some drawn comb to jump-start the first season.

    If you contact the Rutgers Research & Extension
    Center, they might point you to all sorts of
    people known to have extra toys:

    125 A Lake Oswego Rd.
    Chatsworth, NJ 8019
    609-726-1590, ext. 25
    Fax: (609) 726-1593

    There are a few people in NJ who do (or did)
    sell equipment. The contact info below may
    be out-of-date, but here's what I have:

    Norma Whitetail Apiaries
    1701 South East Blvd.
    Vineland, NJ 08360

    S & F Honey Farm, Inc.
    57 Amwell Rd.
    Flemington, NJ 08822

    Gbee's Honey Farm
    32 Hewitt Road
    Stockton, NJ 08559


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