As a beginning beekeeper, I supposed I could have taken the easy road and purchased a colony from a beekeeper, shipped in a nifty screened box and complete with queen. Or, I could have found a docile swarm hanging from a branch to shake into my hive. That’s what you think of when starting out with beekeeping. You want easy and simple to start out with. Less complications and trouble. After all, it’s a steep learning curve and you want to be able to concentrate on tending your bees and the simpler the acquisition process is, the better, right? Well, as my wife is so fond of telling me, in not so many words – when it comes to doing things, I wouldn’t know easy if it slapped me in the face. But then, that has certainly made life interesting and exciting for me. My first bees didn’t come in the mail or from a docile swarm – but was ripped out of a wall, a form of bee removal called “cutout”.
Having my own honeybees has been a desire of mine for years – decades even. I can eat honey all day long, and there’s just something about having a honey-factory out back that seems like a touch of magic. Empty it one day, come back in a few weeks and lookee – more honey! These bees are tireless and work constantly building up honey stores, pollen stores and tending their babies. All I have to do is give them a home and a nice location where flowers and water are easily accessible.