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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
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    Polk County, FL
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    Default When to start???

    I live in Central Florida, southwest of Orlando. I want to begin beekeeping. Question: Can I go ahead and purchase hives & bees now (September) OR wait until spring?? I would appreciate answers from Florida beekeepers. Thx

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
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    Lumpkin County, GA
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    Default Re: When to start???

    I would wait and use the time to build woodenware and get your site prepped.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: When to start???

    There are a lot of options as to equipment etc. I would do some research and figure out what you want to do first, then buy the equipment and put it together. About December you should be looking for a source for bees. If you wait for spring it will be too late. The bees will come in the spring, but they will be sold out by then...

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnewbees.htm
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesoptions.htm
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslazy.htm

    You might want to get some background on bees in general.
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesbasics.htm

    And terminology.
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesterms.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: When to start???

    Welcome to Beesource!


    I'm not in/from Florida, but you will likely find that there is a much greater amount of choice/variety of sources for live bees in the early part of next year than there is right now.


    Most likely at this point you will be limited to finding full size hives for sale. In the spring packages and nucs (small hives) should both be readily available, and generally more affordable than full size hives.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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