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most economical way to get started?

 
Bethany Dutch
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One of my stretch goals this year for my homestead is to get a beehive put in. My brother keeps bees and he was telling me it would be about $400 to get started with a hive and a nuc. He's kind of the traditional beekeeper, so I was just curious if anyone here has done something a little more DIY and less costly?
 
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Lowest price free
If you are even less than perfect at wood work and can "obtain " some wood , borrow some tools.
Either the Warré hive (http://www.warre.biobees.com/index.html )
Or top bar hive ( http://www.biobees.com/how_to_start_beekeeping.php )

I have spent less than 100 $ and that was for gloves neting for a veil and a smoker I never use.
If you capture a wild swarm they are free too and much better than a package
David
 
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I've never purchased bees. swarms are the way to go. cutouts are an option, too, if you're adventurous.

I'll second the Warré suggestion. easy and cheap to build. Perone hives are also cheap and easy, but without the proven track record the Warré hive has.
 
Rob Browne
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To get going for the least cost just knock up a horizontal top bar hive, link above. The only change to biobee's plans would be to put the entrance holes at the end so the hive expands in one direction. Do a search on Sam Comfort and see his hives, he specialises in "rough" hives. You don't need them to be examples of fine woodwork, the bees don't care so long as its dry.
 
Bethany Dutch
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Thanks guys! I knew someone here would know
 
chris felton
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I may be able to get free hives that need some work. More projects to try.
 
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