April 25th, 2017 - 5:40pm - We have 10 packages left. After we are sold out I will maintain a small waiting list until all packages have been paid for.
Thinking of getting bees? Read this first!
You’re thinking of getting honeybees? Becoming a hobby beekeeper? Great! We here at Stone Corner Farm have been keeping honeybees for over two decades. We started with two hives and now have 35. We have learned a lot in our time with bees. Most important of all, we’ve learned how much we still need to learn. The honeybee is perhaps the most studied insect in the history of science, but as any honeybee scientist will tell you, there’s loads more to find out about these marvelous insects. We want other people to enjoy the hobby and get to know these amazing creatures. But bees are a big responsibility. Here are 10 things to do before you put in your order for package bees.
- Talk to a beekeeper, or two, or three. You’ll get different perspectives. Better yet, talk to a former beekeeper.
- Join a beekeeping club. There are many in Maine.
- Take a beekeeping class. This is a big one. This is important. Most chapters of the Maine State Beekeeping Association offer them in the late winter or early spring. Early signup is advisable. They are popular.
- Buy a book on beekeeping. Or two. Read them. Underline things. Think.
- Take a good look at where you might put your hives. Think about how the bees, and people, would relate to that location.
- Check out any local ordinances on beekeeping. Some towns have them.
- Carefully consider hive options. Some people will talk about how “natural” top-bar or Warre hives are, but the 10 or 8 frame rectangular Langstroth hive has been in use now for a century and a half. It is used by tens of thousands of beekeepers throughout the world and all commercial operations. There are good reasons for this. The biggest: it works.
- Talk with family members. Are they apprehensive about bees? Can you allay their fears? Are YOU afraid of bees? If you are, don’t get bees.
- Consider your motivations in getting bees. Want to be self-sufficient on sugar? Don’t get bees for that reason. We guarantee you will spend more on sugar for the bees than you’re likely to get in honey. We feel the only justifiable reason to keep bees is because you are fascinated by them.
- Consider your obligations to the bees. Bees require time and attention. Not just once but many times through the year. BEES ARE NOT DISPOSABLE! We can’t emphasize this enough. Bees are sentient creatures, the product of tens of millions of years of evolution. They were on this planet tens of millions of years before humans ever walked upright. Because of humans, honeybees today are dependent on us to ensure their continued existence. They are our responsibility now.