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I'm visiting my cousin in Decatur Al and telling him how much I'm enjoying my first year as a beekeep. He is in the country and wants to give it a go. I'm hoping someone can let us know of a supply store we can go visit so he can get an idea of what it takes to get started.
 

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Thanks UT. Funny, Kingston is my next stop on my family vacation. Not that you care but my family originally settled there (some still there) and my great granddaddy came down river here to Decatur. Thanks again.
 

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If you plan on going to the Alabama Beekeepers annual convention on September 26 and 27 vendors will bring orders for no extra charge.
 

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There is also Werner's Trading Company in Cullman. He should carry about everything your cousin would need, he used to even sell packages in the spring. In the back of the store he has a nice display hive located right in the supply section. I would call first. It has been a couple of years since I have been there.
 

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The North Alabama Beekeeper's Symposium is Saturday August 16th. It's sponsored by the Limestone County Beekeeper's Association. It's being held on the Calhoun main campus just outside Decatur. Most of the major suppliers will be there and the registration fee is really cheap. I would recommend going for the experience and if he is sure he wants to get into it then he can get equipment delivered there as well. It's late in the year to start here, but if you got a good nuc and fed them through winter, you could probably be set for next year.
 

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Raw cost to set up 2 colonies is $700. That is if he buys everything including the bees. This includes a medium grade suit, smoker, and hive tool. You can do your own due diligence to figure it out from there. The cheapest option would be to buy a couple of established colonies.

As mentioned above, beekeepers meetings are a very good way to get your feet wet.
 
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