I read BeeKeeping for Dummies to get me started. I then purchased a starter kit, another hive kit, and two top feeders from Beekeeping Equipment, Beekeeper Supplies and Beekeeping Starter Kits, spent around $300 for everything.
Then I found a local beekeeper and purchased "nucs" or small startup colonies for $75/colony.
After everything is said and done I spent $450 for the whole shabang. Thats all the investment I need(besides honey extraction, but I'll do that in the fall). As long as I can make hives, I can expand my bees, and of course expand my honey. Each colony can product 50 to 100+ lbs of honey per year. In turn, after a couple years, I'm saving money I would of spent on honey for my meads in the long run, and turning a profit with the excess honey.
Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
I think we're all interested in the bees...I know I am. I've been doing some reading lately. I may go the same route
How much did you pay for the skeps?
Did you buy one of those "bee sets" (1 queen and some drones)