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An Estimated Cost of Beekeeping for Your First Year.

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One of the first questions to come up at Beekeeping classes is, How much does it cost to keep Honeybees? This is a very good question. Most hobby or back yard beekeepers will keep one or two hives their first year. I always suggest keeping two hives so you can compare the difference. You will gain more knowledge and experience with two hives. The following is a breakdown of cost for your first year based on purchasing all new equipment:

One Hive Setup ----------------------------------- $229

(Includes bottom board, 2 Deep supers, 20 Deep frames, 2 Honey supers, 20 Honey frames, Queen excluder, Inner cover, Outer cover, and entrance reducer.)

Frame Feeder ----------------------------------- $10

Package of Bees----------------------------------- -$110

( 3lbs of bees with a queen)

Clothing and Tools --------------------------------$125

( Veil, gloves, smoker,2 hive tools, bee brush)

Bee School------------------------------------------ $100

(School sometimes includes a text book)

Extraction ----------------------------------------- $15

(Some clubs rent extraction equipment)

Total First year with one hive------------------$589

Total First year with two hives----------------$1038

(Additional hive setup, feeder, package of bees

Other options exist and can be discussed in a bee school or with an experienced beekeeper. Contact for further information.
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