Beekeeping Supplies for Apiculture
The beekeeping supply includes equipment used in beekeeping, raising bees and harvesting their honey such as the beehives, protective clothes, smokers, and the bee packages to be used and kept off.
There are mainly five types of beehives:
- urban or backyard
These items are the most common tools in every apiary and the main beekeeping supply for apiculture. Natural beehives are those that can be found in nature where bees form their colonies in natural habitats. These include rock cavities and shallow sections of forest trees.
Ancient artificial beehives are hives that were used by the ancient Egyptians. These involved beehives made of unbaked mud and baked clay. Traditional artificial beehives are beehives with simple enclosed structure for keeping bees. It has no internal feature inside, but the bees can form honeycombs in it.
Modern artificial beehives are those extensively made out of high-quality materials that provide advanced qualities. These beekeeping hives brought out easiness and effectiveness within the process of beekeeping.
Lastly, the urban or backyard artificial beehives are used relatively in natural beekeeping, where bees pollinate on the small-scale colonies used by the beekeepers in urban gardens and greenhouses.
Next in the beekeeping supply are the protective clothes, mainly the beekeeper suit, veils and gloves. A well-fitted, properly worn, full body suit, a dark tinted, sturdy veil and baggy gloves will give the beekeeper an optimum protection against bee stings. And the white color of the protective clothes helps in keeping away bees from stinging you.
A smoker is another tool used in apiculture. These are the beekeepers’ third weapon against bee stings. It is a device intended to engender smoke from the partial combustion of various fuels which helps in moving away bees upon the operation of beekeeping. The smoke produced by smokers does not intend to kill them nor to harm them, but only to calm them while you are in the process of harvesting for honey or transferring them into a new beehive. When bees get calmed, the beekeeper gains an opportunity to work with the hive without defensive reactions.
Bee packages always include a queen bee and the worker bees. Without the queen bee, there will be no colony; and without the worker bees, there will be no honeycombs to store honey. Overall, these are the equipment which are the most common beekeeping supply being used in apiculture.
The Beekeeping Supply for Apiculture
About the Author: Todd, “The Bee Guy”.