Essential Beekeeper Supplies
Article by Michael V. Taylor
If you are looking to dive into beekeeping, you have probably got a lot of background by now about the bees, their environment, their nature, and everything that is required to get started and get the best results. One of the things that will eat away into your thoughts is the beekeeper supplies and where to get them.
Before you make the jump, you got to have the right kind of beekeeping supplies to ensure that you are adequately prepared. Here are the basic things you need:
First, you need to have a beehive. Bees are social insects and live in large colonies of tens of thousands of bees. Naturally, they occupied hollow tree trunks and even treetops where they build nest like structures. All these are called hives. Domesticated bees live in artificial or man-made hives which are basically the same structures.
There are several types of beehives available but the two most common ones are the Langstroth hives and the Top bar hives. Langstroth hives are by far the most common ones owing to their basic setup. They are simply made up of four sides with a roof and a floor at the top and the bottom. They have some frames where the bees make their combs. Most commercial beekeepers prefer these types of hives because a lot more honey is harvested as compared to many other beehive types. The Top bar hive consists of bars secured at the top and the bees build their combs hanging on the bars. It is cheap to build as it has no foundation and the bees have to make fresh combs after every harvest.
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Next are the bees. Though there are about 20, 000 known species of the bees, there are just about a dozen species considered to be the true honeybees. The western honey bees are considered to produce the best honey, and in larger quantities. Have a preference for these species of bees when you visit your local or online store. This however does not suggest that other bee species do not produce honey, they do. The suppliers will mostly give you about 10, 000 bees so you’ll need to work to grow that number by proper tending.
Next is protective clothing. Bees don’t really get domesticated in the sense of the word like we know it. This means they will attack you whenever you try to work around them or during harvesting. You need to have adequate protective gear way before hand. The most basic of these is the beekeeper suit which is designed to keep the stingers away from your skin. It comes complete with a hood and veil though there are other types where they can be detached. It comes in mostly lighter colors like white so as to prevent provoking the bees. Complete your suit with a pair of gloves and boots for optimal protection from the stings.Finally, get the right tools to assist you. Among the key tools consist of the hive tools, frame patch and cleaner, excluder cleaning tool and the bee brush. Don’t forget to get a beekeeper guide to always refer to.
These should get your beekeeping experience started on a high.
About the author:
His newest book,”The Ultimate Beekeeping Guide,” teaches Beekeepers everything they need to know about, used beekeeping and caring for their bees.