If you want to get your first hive going, you will need to source bees.
There are several ways to go about procuring the little sweeties.
Trap – set traps or lures
Capture – a swarm or a hive
Buy- local or mail order
Join a local bee club and ask them where they get their bees.
Tips for getting the best bees:
The best bees are local. They are acclimated to the local weather and seem to overwinter better than shipped bees.
If you are having bees shipped, get them from a similar climate. Be sure to reserve your bee package by New Years Day in order to receive them by Springtime
It is better to buy a Nuc (nucleus of a hive) than a package
Late season swarms usually will not have time to populate before winter so, be aware if you catch them.
Google: Local Bee Suppliers to find beekeepers nearby.
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