I’ve really enjoyed my first summer keeping bees – Working with, observing, and learning about the bees has been very interesting and enjoyable. Before I started I read a lot about the subject, but inevitably experience teaches things that I didn’t pick up on during months of study.
You have to feed bees – And it is more expensive than you would think – ideally bees feed their selves, but if you are trying to increase the population of your apiary you will probably have to feed sometimes – BTW most hobby bee keepers feed their bees syrup made out of plain old granulated sugar. I haven’t kept up with it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve bought $50 (or more) worth of sugar to feed my 1 1/2 hives of bees this year.
Bees make honey of course, but they also eat honey. So if you harvest too much, or if it just isn’t a good year for honey production you might have to feed your bees – even after they are well established. But when you are first starting out and concentrating on growing more bees rather than producing honey it’s almost a sure thing that you will have to feed. Bee keepers have a saying – You can grow bees or you can grow honey, but not both. Don’t plan on producing a lot of honey for a year or two. » Read more: My first Year Keeping Bees