Jack and I have been thinking about getting some honey bees for awhile. I’m still not sure if I want to or not since I hear mixed reviews of how well they do here. At our 8500′ altitude it’s more of a challenge to keep them over the winter. We do get pretty cold! There are times that we reach 20-30 degrees below zero at night. Another issue we have is bears. I know there are things you can to do keep bears away, but I’m not sure if we want to put that much effort into it.
I like the idea of having our own honey. I know that they say it’s good for allergies to use honey from your local area, so what could be better than honey in our back yard? While looking for sources that are based on facts rather than opinions, I came upon WebMD and the Mayo Clinic who both say that it really doesn’t work. I know people who sweat that it does, though, so I guess it’s up to you to decide. Even if it doesn’t work, honey is better for you than sugar and it’s also expensive to purchase, so having our own would be a bonus.
On the flip side, having your own hives can be a bit of an expense to set up. Everything I’ve read says that it’s best to have at least two, so that if one dies off you’ll still have the other. As with everything, there are a lot of conflicting recommendations. You’ll just have to do a lot of reading or join a local group that will give you the best information for your area. Here, we have the Pike’s Peak Beekeepers Association. There are a lot of online resources available. Here are a few that are available for you:
If you’re a Pinterest fan, you’ll find a lot of information there, too. Check out my Pinterest board, Bees & Honey, to see more good ideas. New “pins” are posted frequently, so check back often.