If you’ve ever thought about becoming a beekeeper, you’re probably wondering what it costs to get started. Here is a breakdown of some of the associated costs to start the hobby.
This page contains affiliate links to the products that I use in my apiary. Using the links to purchase items won’t cost you any extra $ but does pay me a commission that helps support more projects and articles like this one.
Prices are up to date as of the publishing of this article but may change over time.
Langstroth Hive – $86.96 Read my article on the different types of hives I have here.
Package of Bees – $180 You will need to pickup bees at a local distributor. This link is for those located in the Pacific Northwest
Total Costs for bare essentials = $350.28
Extra Items to Consider:
Bars Similar to the Flow Hive – $117 (I bought a Flow Hive itself to support their Kickstarter however this is a less expensive option especially if you already have a hive box. You will need to modify a hive box or buy a box meant to be used with them, and use a queen excluder with this product)
Original Flow Hive – $699 This is an expensive option. I would look into this only after you’d been beekeeping for a season or two to see if you enjoy it.
Apimaye Ergo Plus 10 Frame Langstroth Insulated Bee Hive – $380 These are cool if you live in an area with a harsh climate.
Electric Honey Extractor – $379.99 These are super cool for extracting honey.