Beehive and Equipment Purchase

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How to choose Beehive – What does a beekeeper need

We start beekeeping with the purchase of our first beehives. 1-4 beehives are enough for the first year, in order to test our strength and commitment. Next year we can double or even multiply our beehives. It is better to buy the hives during the spring, in order to see the entire bee development cycle until the autumn, and to prepare properly for the wintering. We should only buy hives with a valid health certificate from a reputable seller (the specifications and the legal framework vary across countries). We choose healthy beehives with a population of at least 5 frames. They must necessarily have brood and a young thriving queen. Queens generally stop laying eggs at a good rate when they reach the third year of their life.

As far as the beekeeping equipment is concerned, we do not need to spend a lot of money in the first introductory year. Apart from the beehives, we need appropriate work clothes, special mask and gloves to protect ourselves from stings, a simple scraper, a bee smoker (this is used to calm the bees and is not allowed in some countries), a brush and a tool kit (hammer, assorted nails, screwdriver, angle screws, knife, pliers, wire, cell clips, cell handles). We also need a space to do the harvest, storage, maintenance and repair of cells. A small room with good ventilation is all we need, as long as we keep it clean. We will also need a wiring table for the boxes, wire, caps, pins, an electric appliance for the bee wax, a burner (disinfects the frames of the hive and floors), and plastic plates to feed the colony. If we are certain that we want to exercise beekeeping professionally, we will need a vehicle for the transportation of beehives (this is required by law for more than 25-30 beehives in many countries).

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2. Understanding Bee Society

3. How Honey is made by Bees

4. Beehive and Equipment Supply

5. Beehive Location

6. Honey Bee Swarming

7. Beehive Wintering

8. How to feed Bees

9. Honey Harvest

10. Bee Diseases

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