Re: Beekeeping is a very cheap hobby
Not one dime? That's preposterous. How come it cost me almost $1,000 over the last fours years? I must be a really bad hobbiest.
This is the equipment that I purchased. I am sure you can cut some of the stuff out, but it has to be farily typical of a small hobbiest:
- 4 complete hives each with 4 medium supers
- 160+ frames (ALL woodenware came un-assembled so I could save money)
- 160 sheets of foundation
- 2 nucs purchased locally
- 1 mail-order queen
- a bottling bucking with honey gate
- 1 bee suit
- 1 extra vail
- a couple of epi-pens
- 1 box of Api-Guard Thymol Gel
- 200 squeze-top honey bottles
- 1 bottle of Tight-Bound Glue
- 1 can of paint
- Leather gloves
- Latex gloves
- hive tool
Heck, I have spent over $200 on shipping alone.
I have been able to not buy any bees since my initial purchase (catch swarms and do splits). I also managed to sell 60 pounds of honey last fall, so I can subtract $300 from my capital outlay thus far.
Last edited by Barry; 02-16-2012 at 10:16 AM.
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