ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Ins and Outs of a First Year Beekeeper Part 1

Updated on August 6, 2019

The Ins and Outs of a First Year Beekeeper (Part 1)

I’ve always wanted to be a beekeeper at some point in my life. As a teacher beekeeping would be a perfect gig. There was only one problem. There was always an excuse. I couldn’t get hives while I was in college. I couldn’t get hives because I wasn’t going to live in this town or that town for a long time. I was always on the move. I never had enough room. When I moved to the town I live in now, a small town in Southern Ohio, I thought it would only be for three years and then I would be on my way. Then I met my soon to be wife and we bought a house out in the country.

I was now out of excuses. I had the space to keep bees and my roots are now deep in the ground here. This winter I decided it was time to make a move. There is always tomorrow or next year, but there is no time like the present. This winter I immersed myself in as many bee books as I possibly lay my hands on. I watched as many YouTube videos that I could. After reading book after book and video on video I got to the point where it was either do or die.

Bees seemed like a relatively easy thing to raise, which is good because I have no growing capabilities at all. I chose well when I decided that I was going to be a teacher rather than a farmer, because if I had decided to be a farmer I would be doomed.

One day over Christmas break my daughter came in my office while I was watching videos and she started to watch them with me. Her curiosity was peaked. I asked her if she wanted to go with me to get the beehives and with a nod of her head we were off to the local farm and supply store to see what we could get. We laid our hands on two bee hives at quite an expensive price. That was alright with me though as now we were on an adventure together.

When we got home we ordered two packages of bees which would be picked up April 23rd. Those of you with young children know that once a date is set the anticipation sets in. I would not be truthful if I said I wasn’t counting down the days as well. For years I had wanted to start this adventure and now the first day was set.

As April 23rd approached we started to prepare. When the bees are released from the package they will need to be fed via sugar syrup. We also had to buy a top feeder which would go right on top of the box the bees were released into. We went to Walmart and bought a 25 pound bag of sugar and when we got home we separated the sugar into cleaned out milk cartons that we would mix with water once the bees arrived. Doing this was a trial and error adventure. Getting the sugar from the 25 pound bag into the itty bitty mouth of the milk carton is a challenge indeed. As much as she wanted to my fiance didn’t even yell at me over the mess that I made during this procedure (and the ants hailed me as a god!)

April 23rd came after what felt like years of waiting. All the preparation we had put in was finally going to be put into play. I took my daughter out of school that day to spend some quality bonding time together. I was sure to document every step of the procedure. When we got to the bee company (Gaiser Bee Co.) we checked in at the cash register and got in line to receive out bee package.

In the back of a trailer were hundreds of perforated white boxes about the size of a shoe box. Inside were roughly 10,000 bees waiting to be released. Luckily the boxes were sealed tight and when ours were handed over the buzzing and humming knocked loose the nerves that I had steeled up to that point. But I was an official beekeeper surrounded by beekeepers so I had to keep my cool. Putting the two boxes in the back of the car we took off for home. As we were going home we could hear the buzzing from the back, but it wasn’t the aggressive buzzing you might associate with a hive of angry bees. This was a gentle buzzing of 10,000 bees content with their situation. When we got home we would release both of these packages into their new homes.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Larry Slawson profile image

      Larry Slawson 

      13 months ago from North Carolina

      Always been interested in beekeeping. Looks like too much work for me though haha.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)