Where to Buy Honey Bees

Welcome back to the Novice Rancher. In this article we will discuss where to find honeybees for sale. There are multiple factors that should be considered prior to purchasing your bees, such as which variation of honeybee, package or nucleus, but not so much where to get them. I’ve...

Beekeeping – Lessons From My First Year Pt.2

Lessons From My First Year Part 2 As promised, lessons from my first year beekeeping part 2. These next couple things are a little less serious, but still posed a challenge in the apiary. In any new hobby, there’s always a huge learning curb. It would appear beekeeping is...

Beekeeping – Lessons From My First Year

First Year Beekeeping Hey everyone, today I want to discuss some lessons I learned from my first year of beekeeping. Even with advice from seasoned beekeepers, I lost every one of my hives this past winter from various obstacles. Unfortunately, a few of them were preventable, had I stayed...

Langstroth Hive – Starting a Honey Bee Hive

Welcome back to the Novice Rancher! Today I wanted to cover another decision that new beekeepers will have to make, and hopefully give you some insight into what a Langstroth hive is and how it works. Picking out which hive you want in your yard should be fun, so...

Buying Honeybees Online – Difference Between Italian and Carniolan Honeybees

Welcome back to Novice Rancher. In this post I want to discuss the difference between two of the most common honeybee species you will find for sale in the US. I’ll break down a few of the important talking points when considering which species would be best suited for...

Buying Honey Bees Online – Difference Between Nucleus and Package

Hello everyone and welcome to the Novice Rancher. If you’re reading this you’ve probably already made the decision to join the beekeeping community and start your very own apiary. Buying honey bees online might seem like a crazy concept, but its actually easier than you think. In this post...

About Novice Rancher

Hi everyone and welcome to the Novice Rancher. Our website is dedicated to sharing our experience as we stumble through the start-up and operation of our family owned ranch. We have been active in the agricultural community for the last 2 years and have learned a tremendous amount of...