Account Navigation

Account Navigation

Currency - All prices are in AUD

Currency - All prices are in AUD
 Loading... Please wait...
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms

beekeeping for beginners

Beekeeping For Beginners

WARNING: There is a push to make beekeeping appear practically hands free. New beekeepers are failing to implement best management practices. I want to be your mentor. I am currently accepting positions to mentor a limited number of beekeepers. You'll have access to my personal cell phone and private email. And you can send me videos or pictures of your hive when it just doesn't seem right or you don't know what's going on. You'll also receive 4 new instructional videos from me and a weekly tip of what you should be doing. Click here to see if spots are still available.

1. How to keep honey bees

We focus on beekeeping for beginners. Keeping honey bees can be an easy hobby to learn. While honey bees face new challenges, honey bees pollinate foods that are healthy for us like fruits and vegetables. Beekeeping is an enjoyable hobby. First, you do a little research. Then, you invest a little time to learn more. And before long you dive in.

2. Buying beekeeping equipment

The very first thing to buy a beekeeper starter kit. Generally a bee hive refers to the "boxes" the bees live in. There are many different configurations, but most hives consists of a bottom board, two boxes called "hive bodies" where the bees live and raise their young, then honey supers on top of that. Finally, the tops consists of an inner cover for air spacing, and finally the top cover to protect the hive from rain.

Where can you buy beekeeping equipment? Long Lane Honey Bee Farms ( offers a full range of hive kits that come with bees. Be careful when considering used equipment. The price may be free or cheap, but you could also be buying diseased equipment. Some diseases stay dormant in old equipment for decades and could kill your newly introduced bees.

You will need a smoker to calm the bees when you do your inspection, a hive tool and some amount of protective clothing.

3. Where to buy honey bees

All packages of bees come from the south or west. A package is a box consisting of 3 pounds of bees with one mated queen. These are usually purchased in the winter as most providers sell out in late winter and delivered or shipped in the spring.  

4. When to purchase bees

Secure the purchase of your bees in the winter. But do not expect delivery until spring. Our bees will go on sale the first of January.

5. Where to take a beekeeping class

There are many beekeeping classes springing up all over. Choose wisely. If you are a new beekeeper you may not realize your instructor is not thoroughly up to date in the craft. We recommend you take a beekeeping class from a certified master beekeeper. Certified master beekeepers are up to date on new issues with bees and proper management of bees. They are also experienced in the management of bee hives including pests, diseases and medication. Check our 2016 classes taught by certified master beekeepers.