When should I buy a beehive?
Also question is, when should you start a beehive?
The best time to start a beehive is in the spring. This is when bees are just starting to get busy. You want to start them up as soon as the weather warms up so that they will have plenty of time to build up a strong hive. You will want to locate your hive where they have an open flight path.
Furthermore, is it too late to start a beehive? We get that question a lot at World of Beekeeping throughout the year and for most areas the answer now (halfway through July) is yes. It is too late to start because most places aren't selling packages anymore but further, starting now wouldn't give your bees time enough to bulk up their numbers before winter.
People also ask, do I need to buy bees for my hive?
There are four ways to get bees: you can buy a nucleus (a “nuc”), you can buy a package of bees, or you can get on a swarm list and either buy a swarm from someone who has already collected them or you may catch the swarm yourself. A nuc is a starter kit for a Langstroth hive.
How many bees do you need to start a hive?
The bees themselves will arrange to produce some males (drones), by making a small quantity of larger cells, into which the queen will lay unfertilised eggs. To start a beehive you need a small number of frames perhaps two or three of the 10 or more making up a normal colony.