If you have these options in your area I encourage you to take advantage of them.
For some of us, the online shopping experience is the way to go.
Would you like a simple veil or a full body bee suit? Most of the regional bee clubs procure large amounts of packages and nucs each spring to sell to their and we have some mid-to-large scale beekeepers around the state who sell packages and nucs from their bees (some of which were actually over-wintered locally and bred from local genetics).
We are also fortunate to have a few well-stocked beekeeping supply stores throughout the state, some of which sell woodenware made in Colorado.
The bee club member takes the call, gathers the information, and consults a list of beekeepers in the area willing to catch the said swarm.
If your club maintains such a hotline find out how to get your name on that list!
You’ll notice the cost of beekeeping equipment varies as there are copious options for many different supplies.
For example, do you want your hive woodenware to come painted or “raw”? In the end, when someone just wants to know the average start-up costs for a beginning beekeeper who is buying bees (in lieu of catching a swarm) I tell them to expect to pay approximately 0 for the first hive and roughly 0 for each additional hive. In Colorado, we have some excellent local options for buying bees and bee supplies.
Beginning beekeepers (aka Beeks) tend to be excited and nervous, curious and tentative, and I’ve been touched by how genuine their concern is for our buzzing buddies.
With people like this committing to their wellbeing, the future for honey bees looks bright!