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What are the real costs involved in becoming a beekeeper? Up until recently, I didn’t know the answer to this, but I’m beginning to find out… the hard way. Read the rest of this entry »

My bees are ordered and I will likely be receiving them sometime in May. I ordered my bees from Better Bee Supplies in Cambridge, Ontario. Lil at Better Bees receives her nucs (pronounced “nukes”) from several Ontario breeders. The nuc of bees will cost me $175.

As a first-time bee purchaser, I would like to make sure that I’m getting high quality bees and that they are well adapted to my local climate. Buying an “overwintered nuc” means that I’ll be buying a queen that has survived at least one winter and has already mated and is laying eggs. These eggs will hatch in my hive in May and beging working for their queen soon after.

I have pulled up some information on purchasing nucs from the Ontario Beekeepers Association┬ásite which I have reposted here to help anyone else purchasing a nuc of bees this spring: Read the rest of this entry »

I recently placed an internet order for some beekeeping supplies. I decided to order online rather than buying from a local beekeeping shop because the prices online were much cheaper, even after shipping.

I placed the order from for two jackets (with veils), a smoker and a bee brush. The complete order, after tax and shipping was $138.98. Here is an “unboxing” video of the package I received from BeeMaid:


I did miss one thing in the video that I wanted to note here. The smoker actually came with 3 “KwikStart” smoker pellets to use as samples. I don’t really know much about them, but the instructions say “Simply light with a flame, blow it out and watch the smoke roll.”