It’s easy to want to do everything on your own but especially if you are new to something, like bee keeping it can be very advantageous to belong to a club. The local club I am part of does a really good job of bringing in speakers and new information. Today there was a beginners bee class to help educate those who want to begin bee keeping, some people already had hives but most had nothing. There is a lot to go into starting bee hives and having good instruction is worth much more than you would ever pay to go to a class or belong to a club.
We had about 36 new bee keepers at the class today.
There are many different hive designs, for the most part they are based off the same idea but they may have different tweaks in the attempt to make the hive better, all of which can be confusing; above is a typical 8 frame hive body with a new designed feeder on the end of the table. Upper right is a nuc box for a new colony and on the bottom right picture, to the middle left of the table are mason bee larva catchers, supposedly they pollinate better than honey bees and you can sell the larva for $.50 each but they don’t make honey.
Putting hives together isn’t rocket science but it is nice to get some hands on activity to develop a better understanding of what you will be getting into if you buy a hive.