Best Resources for “Bee-ginning” Beekeepers

Have you been bitten (er, stung?) by the beekeeping bug? Check out these resources to help you get started.

By Daniel Johnson and Samantha Johnson

Beekeeping has benefits for both farmers and gardeners.

Beekeeping has benefits for both farmers and gardeners.

When you embark on any new hobby or project, it’s helpful (and fun!) to access a variety of sources of information. That’s one way to increase your knowledge and skill level, while choosing the most effective options for yourself. If beekeeping is your goal, then be sure to check out the following resources—you’ll find organizations, magazines, beekeeping suppliers and more.

<< See our story, Top Five Beekeeping Tips for Farmers and Gardeners

Fascinating Facts

  • To produce a single pound of honey, bees must visit as many as 2 million flowers and travel an accumulated distance of 50,000 miles.
  • In her lifetime, an average female honey bee can fly a distance equal to that of traveling 1.5 times around the earth.
  • Bees fly approximately 15 miles an hour.
  • Bees have a fairly elaborate system of communication, involving both chemical (scent) and mechanical (“dancing”) aids. Bees can communicate information about food sources and danger, the brood can make requests for food, and queen bees can even offer “encouragement” to the workers.
  • On a summer day, a busy, healthy queen bee may lay as many as 2,000 eggs!
  • Each of the three types of honey bee (queens, workers and drones) have a distinct body shape: queens are long, slender and large; workers are shorter and rounder; and drones possess very large eyes.
  • Check out this page (http://tocohills.dentaloneatlanta.com/health-benefits-of-honey/) for more about the health benefits of honey. (Thanks, Emma Weaver!)

Beekeeping Supply Companies

Betterbee

800-632-3379

www.betterbee.com

 

Blue Sky Bee Supply

877-529-9233

www.blueskybeesupply.com

 

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Inc.

800-233-7929

www.brushymountainbeefarm.com

 

Dadant& Sons, Inc.

888-922-1293

www.dadant.com

 

GloryBee Beekeeping Supplies

800-456-7923

www.glorybee.com

 

Mann Lake

800-880-7694

www.mannlakeltd.com

 

Miller Bee Supply

336-670-2249

www.millerbeesupply.com

 

Rossman Apiaries

800-333-7677

www.gabees.com

 

Ruhl Bee Supply

503-657-5399

www.ruhlbeesupply.com

 

Walter T. Kelley Co.

800-233-2899

www.kelleybees.com

 

Western Bee Supplies Inc.

800-548-8440

www.westernbee.com

Bee Packages and Queens

C. F. Koehnen& Sons, Inc.

530-891-5216

www.koehnen.com

 

Gardner Apiaries

912-367-9352

http://www.gardnerapiaries.com/

 

Noble Apiaries LLC

707-628-6046

 

Queen Bees for sale

https://www.queenbeesforsale.com

also package bees for sale

http://www.packagebeesforsale.com

 

R Weaver Apiaries, Inc.

936-825-2333

http://www.rweaver.com

 

Strachan Apiaries, Inc.

800-368-3881

www.strachanbees.com

Magazines and Publications

American Bee Journal

217-847-3324

www.americanbeejournal.com

 

Bee Culture Magazine

www.beeculture.com

Organizations

American Beekeeping Federation

404-760-2875

www.abfnet.org

 

American Honey Producers Association

281-900-9740

www.ahpanet.com

 

Canadian Honey Council

877-356-8935

http://www.honeycouncil.ca

 

Eastern Apicultural Society

www.easternapiculture.org

 

Heartland Apicultural Society

www.heartlandbees.com

 

National Honey Board

303-776-2337

www.honey.com

 

Ontario Beekeepers’ Association

905-636-0661

http://www.ontariobee.com

 

The Guide to Beekeeping for Adults and Kids
Sent to us by readers, as well as dad-and-daughter team, Frank and Julia Davis

http://www.fragrancex.com/fragrance-information/beekeeping-adults-kids.html

 

<< See our story, Top Five Beekeeping Tips for Farmers and Gardeners