Instructions for Setting Up Bee Hives

These instructions for setting up bee hives are fairly simple and most anyone can do it. Keeping bees is an interesting hobby or it can be a money making business. These amazing little creatures fertilize plants which in turn produce our food, and in the process they manufacture delicious food from the necter of flowers.

Bee keeping is a joy to many householders. If you should decide to keep bee hives, start your colony in the spring so the bees can build up their hive before the honey flow begins. It’s best to start with two hives. The advantage is if one queen dies, the two colonies can be combined. Of the types of bees available, Italian bees are best for beginners. They are good foragers, gentle, and disease resistant.

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Bee supply specialists and major mail order houses have beginners kits with everything you need to set up your hives, including the bees, tools, protective gloves, veils, and hives. It’s a good idea to check with your county agent before ordering bees. He can tell you about any disease, parasites, pesticides, and regulations. Bees need plenty of water so be sure you have a stream, pond, or a container of fresh water with a wooden float for bees to land on. A dripping faucet will do in a pinch.

Bees are shipped in packages with screen sides, usually containing a mated queen, 2 1/2 pounds of bees (about 6,000 bees) and a can of syrup to feed them while en route. The queen will be in a small cage inside the package with several workers to care for her. The exit hole will be plugged with a piece of soft candy. The worker bees will gnaw through to release her. Check your bees on arrival to be sure they are all in good condition

1. The best time to set up your hive is late afternoon or evening. Bees will be quieter and less likely to fly off. Have your hive assembled beforehand. Wear protective clothing for safety. Place the package of bees near the hive. Light the smoker and have a jug of syrup handy

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  1. Fascinating – not sure I’d trust myself but can certainly see the appeal – thanks!

  2. Will thanks for sharing this information. I my self not going to keep bees. good luck

  3. Glad to see this article. Something bad is happening to the bee population and mankind cannot survive without them.

  4. Very interesting article with some great tips, Ruby!

  5. Thank you for sharing this info, but I would not try it as I’m afraid of bees.

  6. Bees are very beneficial, but I look at them like all other pets
    once you have em they are hard to get rid of and just keep on multiplying and getting on your nerves

  7. Good article. Setting up Bee Hives requires lot patience. Before starting it straight, it is good to take some training from experts in this field.

  8. I’m too terrified of bees to ever keep bee hives around.

  9. An interesting article but that is not something I shall be trying as I am allergic to bee stings.


  10. Very interesting and I loved the photos.

  11. I saw a special on public television that the world bee population is in decline and the experts don’t know why. If bees die out it will mean starvation for millions of people.

  12. I too have heard of the decline in the bee population. Bee keepers could be the answer.

  13. nice one…thanks for sharing…

  14. great info, I havnet the time for managing a hive, but there are lots of them around.. we have many plants designed for attracting them.

    I am shocked at how many people are afraid of these tiny little creatures. Beleive me, we kill more of them than they do of us. They sting only if provoked.

  15. great article

  16. Very interesting to read about, I’d try having my parents help me out on this, but seems like a very nice hobby!

  17. very good indeed gr8888888////////////88888888888888

  18. it was a nice suggestion for making money..

  19. I’ve always wanted to try this. I learned from gardening near a bee keeper that if you move slowly and sing to the bees (a monotone hum works fine–something quiet) you are less likely to be stung when they are collecting in a patch of flowers or clover.

  20. Interesting Ruby but I do not dare to go near bees :)

  21. Interesting article, Ruby but I too am afraid of bees!

  22. Good information but as my husband is allergic to bee stings I will stay away from them.

  23. Very keen, step by step article.I see that it can raise awareness to the decline in the bee population and the need for these little workers. Keep up the great work. Friend, fan, smile

  24. Wow..keeping bee looks very exiting.

  25. In Japan there’s a company that’s actually sponsored hives on top of their building.

  26. second time read interesting


  27. Thanks for that.


  28. fascinating article Ruby, if my garden was bigger I would like to do this. We had some nesting in our cavity walls the other year. I loved to watch them come and go!

  29. A fascinating article, bees are so interesting. I don’t live in a suitable place to keep bees.

  30. scared scared, i was once attacked by a bee on my right arm, when it happened to fly into the house, and I was thinking of something “evil”, it came in under my sleeve and gave me a jab, I think the bee teaching me a lesson. Just one bee is scary enough.. haha..
    interesting post here, Ruby!

  31. Bees are formidable, but the instructions are educative.Experts know how to deal with them but I’m nothing short of an expert now, after reading this.

  32. This is very interesting, Ruby. I would be too afraid to go near the bees.

  33. Very interesting. However I’m still afraid with the bees.

  34. very interesting!

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