Obtaining your bees

There are several ways you can go about obtaining your first colony of bees. Bees can vary in temperament so it is important you get your first colony from a reputable source.

Before you get your bees, you need to have a hive to accommodate them, and somewhere to put them.

colony of beesLocal  bees which are well adapted to the area can be sourced from local beekeepers. In addition a responsible beekeeper should provide an undertaking that the bees are reasonable to handle and free from disease. As an alternative, commercial breeders and equipment suppliers select for yield and docility, and will take care to ensure that colonies they provide are free from disease. In either case, starting with a ‘nucleus’ which is a small colony with 5 or 6 frames of bees is the best approach. Being small, there are less bees and it is easier to manage. As it grows during the season, so should your confidence.
If you are offered a swarm to start beekeeping then you need to treat them with caution. Swarms can carry disease and may have poor temperament.