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How to Get Started with Beekeeping

Starting Your Own Beehive

The beehives you see today were invented in 1851. They haven’t changed much since then. But what has changed is how easy it is to get your own hive, learn how to care for it, and possibly earn some money in the process. With beekeeping gear and advice from Coastal, we’ll help you get your hive started and stay safe in the process.

Whether you have a small backyard or acres of land, beekeeping can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. If you’re a budding beekeeper, there are a few things you should consider and do before you start your buzzing empire. 

Choosing Your Hive 

When you’re starting out, it’s good to start small. Get your footing with one hive, especially if this will essentially be a hobby and not a moneymaking opportunity. 

There are two ways you can go with your hive: using a starter kit or building your own backyard hive. 

Beekeeping Starter Kits

There are plenty of small starter kits out there that include everything you’ll need for your first colony. While some are expandable and can be added to other hives, many are not. This means once your colony outgrows your starter kit, they may swarm and leave.

Build Your Own Backyard Hive

Whether you choose an assembled or unassembled hive, there are plenty of parts that you’ll need in order to give your bees a proper home. Make sure you pick the right size and number of frames, as well as the foundations. These are the plastic or wax covered sheets where bees create their comb. You’ll want thin sheets on the outside of the boxes and thicker foundations with crimped wire for extra support and protection in the middle.

Setting Up Your Hive, Adding Bees, and Using a Smoker

Tools to Help You Collect the Honey

Know Your Local and State Laws 

Depending on your city ordinances, beekeeping might be illegal inside city limits and subdivisions. Additionally, both Oregon and Washington have laws around selling honey products. 

In Oregon, if you own your own hives and you’re selling direct to the consumer, you do not need a license. This includes wholesale honey extractors with 20 or fewer hives. Washington state has similar laws for small and direct-to-consumer operations but does require that all honey be free of contaminants and properly labeled with the word “Honey,” the name and address of your beekeeping business, as well as the net weight and grade of the honey. If you add flavors or process your honey in Washington state, you will need a WSDA Food Processor’s License. 

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