Find out if backyard beekeeping is the right hobby for you.
Backyard beekeeping is an ever-growing hobby with sweet rewards. From urban backyards to hobby farms, beekeepers are setting up apiaries everywhere. However, it’s important to know if you can actually have bees in your backyard. It’s also important to have adequate space for your hives and everything that goes with them. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn what you need to do to get started.
Before You Start Backyard Beekeeping:
Research beekeeping ordinances – Before you get started, do your research. You need to make sure you can legally keep bees. Some cities and counties may have ordinances that prohibit backyard beekeeping. Check with your local county extension office for any regulations on beekeeping.
Research zoning restrictions – Also check with your city on zoning restrictions and the requirement of a beekeeping license. There might also be restrictions on how many hives you can have, the size of your hives, and even rules on keeping bees hydrated. Zoning restrictions can differ between residential, commercial and agricultural properties.
Plan out your apiary – Some cities require a map of your apiary and the surrounding area with dimensions in order to get a permit. This not only gives you and the city a visual plan for your bees, but gives one to your neighbors, too.
Talk to your neighbors – If you have close neighbors, you’ll want to talk with them about bringing bees into the area. Make sure no one has bee allergies. The last thing you want is to create any problems with your neighbors. Some cities even make it a requirement to notify neighbors, and get approval from those neighbors if they live within a certain distance. Sweeten the deal by offering them some free honey, and telling them about the benefits of beekeeping.
Join a bee club – It’s also a good idea to join your local bee club. Talking with seasoned beekeepers is the best way to learn about beekeeping. Plus, they’ll know if you can locally keep bees in your backyard, and may have tips on setting up your apiary.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find everything you need to start beekeeping. From beehives to beekeeping clothes to honey extractors, your apiary will be set. For more tips on the caring and keeping of bees, visit our Beekeeping blog.