Getting Started

Howard County Beekeepers Short Course

Howard County Beekeepers Short Course
(How to get started)

(Note: February 22, 2011 class has been canceled. A class will be held on March 29, 2011)

Urgent: For those would-be beekeepers who are planning to attend this year's Short Course, if you have not already pre-registered, it is imperative you email The Howard County Beekeepers Association Inc. ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by February 22, 2011 to ensure sufficient materials are available.

The Howard County Beekeepers Assoc. (HCBA) Beginning Beekeepers Course begins on March 1, 2011. We thank you for your interest in our Beginning Beekeepers Short Course and ask that you contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We encourage anyone interested in beekeeping to attend our regular meetings that are scheduled throughout the year.  Please review our calendar for the dates of the Beginning Beekeeper's Short Course or just print the Form and Flyer.
An additional 6th class (Field Day) will be scheduled later.

Basic Equipment

Basic Equipment (updated 10/2014)

Items

Approximate Cost

Bottom Board

$18.00

Hive Body (2 reqd)

$38.00

Top Cover

$22.00

Inner Cover

$12.00

Frames (qty 20)

 $32.00

Foundation (qty 20)

$26.00

Veil and hat $18.00
Three lb box of bees $95.00
Smoker $30.00
 Total $291.00 

Additional Items (Not necessary to start)

Bee Suit

$50.00

Gloves

$19.00

Entrance Reducer

$1.00

Queen Excluder

$13.00

Entrance Feeder

$5.00

Hat

$12.00

Hive tool

$8.00

Honey Hive Body (min. 1 reqd)

$19.00

Frames for each honey super (qty 10)

$16.00

Foundation for each honey super (qty 10)

$13.00

Note: All prices are approximate and vary with supplier, quality and quantity and is meant to provide an approximate cost to start beekeeping.

Honey Bees/Queens/Nucs/Pkg Suppliers

(Please read the articles under "Keeping Bees in Howard County")

 

Fairy Tale Queens. Marc Hoffman Local and VSH queens

(Open Mated in Montgomery and Howard County 

Order online for mail shipment or over-the-counter pickup

www.FairyTaleQueens.com

See our Queen Cage Webcam

 

 

Maryland Honey Company; Jim Fraser; 301-518-9678 (mobile)( Brushy Mountain

Bee equipment supplier, Nucs & Packages)
Maryland Honey Company

6910 Damascus Road

 

Dennis Miller; Phone: 410.335.3424 Baltimore, MD (Packages)
Web: Millerbeesupplies.com
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Dave & Laura Polk; Phone:301.580.9313 Waldorf, MD (Packages)
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H.T. Krantz, ; Phone: 301.693.8344.  Frederick , MD
(Package Bees, VSH (Mite Tolerant) Local Queens: Italian or Carniolan.  NUCs by special order)
http://htkbeesupply.com
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Snyder's Apiaries; Phone: 410.329.6671 White Hall, MD (Packages)

www.SnydersApiaries.com
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Steve Sweet Phone: 410.242.8327 Relay, MD (Nucs)
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Steve McDaniel Phone: 443-507-6367 Manchester, MD (nucs and packages)

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Walter’s Wholesome Goods: Bees and Nucs (Russians only)

Orders taken: Septemer 1st thru January 31st

http://walterswholesomegoods.com/

 

Woodcamp Farm Package Bees and Nucs; 443-762-9226 Mt. Airy (Nucs and Packages
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17403 Hardy Rd.
Mt. Airey, Md 21771

 

Busy B Mark Baker 304-671-3562 605 Diamond Ave. Martinsburg, WV (nucs and packages) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Equipment Suppliers

 

Beeline Apiaries & Woodenware; Phone: 814.585.4699 Bedford, PA 
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Forest Hill Woodworking; Phone: 717.806.0193  Paradise, PA

 

Fred Hirrlinger

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Phone: 301-989-9289

15433 Johnson Rd. Silver Spring, MD 20905

 

Maryland Honey Company; Jim Fraser; 301-518-9678 (mobile)( Brushy Mountain

Bee equipment supplier, Nucs & Packages)
Maryland Honey Company

6910 Damascus Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20882

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Miller Bee Supply; Phone: 410.335.3424 Baltimore, MD
Dennis Miller
Web: Millerbeesupplies.com
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Pristine Valley Farms: Phone:410.679.9235, Joppa, MD
Web: http://www.pristinevalleyfarms.com/.
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Snyder's Apiaries; Phone: 410.329.6671 White Hall, MD
www.SnydersApiaries.com

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Bee Hive Barn; Phone: 609.395.7758 Cranbury, NJ
www.WoodworkingBarn.com

Thomas Hybrid Hive; Baltimore, MD
(Unique design that incorporates the benefits of the top bar hive and the Langstroth hive)
www.thomashybridhive.com

 

Mark Baker,Phone 304-671-3562
Busy Bee
Martinsburg, WVa
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917 Leeds Ave

MSBA Tee shirt sale

MSBA Tee

MSBA is selling Tee Shirts.  Additional information on purchasing, please go to the MSBA (website)

 

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The purpose of this website is to promote honey beekeeping by providing a forum in which current honey beekeepers may become more knowledgeable of best practices and the public can become more, and accurately, informed on the benefits of honey bees. For more info or comments, contact Jeff Crooks at jlcrooks@live.com