Beekeeping may seem like a monumental task if you have little or no experience. Don't get discouraged. I'll take you through the process one step at a time to make it easier.
1. Do some homework. It always helps to have a firm foundation when starting a new venture. This can come from books, magazines, classes, videos, etc. Take what you watch, hear, and read with a grain of salt. Not everything out there is good material or accurate. Keep in mind that what works in one area for beekeeping may or may not work where you are. I have placed some resources I like in the "links" section.
2. Find a local club or mentor and interact with other beekeepers. Others in your area already have knowledge and experience that you can use. Doing your homework goes a long way with other beekeepers and using the right names of items helps keep conversations flowing.
NOTE: Clubs often have beginner classes and field days for hands-on experience.
3. It's time to get equipment. Some equipment is standard but some varies by locale. Your club and/or research should direct you to what works best for where you are located. You will want to have your equipment assembled and ready to go prior to getting your bees.
4. Now it's time for bees! Not all bees are the same. There are different types of honeybees. The Italian honeybee is the most common due to its gentle nature and honey production, but you may prefer different genetics based on your needs. Bees are typically pre-ordered in winter or early spring for spring delivery. Many factors can impact bee delivery including colony build-up and weather.
5. Once the bees arrive, place them in the equipment (another topic) and you are off and running.
More in this section coming soon!