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DBA Beginning Beekeepers Workshop - Essential Beekeeping Equipment

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This was a brief presentation given during the Delaware Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeepers Workshop on Jan. 14, 2012.

This was a brief presentation given during the Delaware Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeepers Workshop on Jan. 14, 2012.

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  • 1. Essential (& Some Non-essential) Beginning Beekeeper Equipment Dave Carter & Bob Mitchell
  • 2. You will need some new equipment … (so many options – so little time to choose)
    • Bee Hive(s) & Supers
    • Tools for Inspecting & Caring for Hive(s)
    • Safety Equipment
    Smoker Brush Hive Tools Gloves Feeders Spray Bottle Veil Hive
  • 3. Bee Hive(s) & Supers
      • 8 or 10 frame boxes?
      • Wedged, grooved, or divided frames?
      • Full, medium, or short?
      • Wax or plastic foundation?
  • 4. Tools for Inspecting & Caring for Hive(s)
    • Hive tool(s)
    • Bee Brush /Feather
    • Feeders
    • Spray Bottle (for sugar syrup)
    • Notebook
    • Frame Holder
    Smoker Brush Hive Tools Gloves Feeders Spray Bottle
  • 5. A note on Feeders – Enclosed are much better!!!
    • Entrance feeders may be convenient ….
    • BUT, they may lead to robbing and angry bees.
    • Enclose your feeders in an extra hive box on top or get an enclosed feeder.
  • 6. Safety Equipment
    • Smoker
    • Smoker Fuel
    • Veil
    • Jacket / Long Sleeve Shirt
    • Long Paints
    • Gloves
    Smoker Gloves Veil
  • 7. Beekeeping has a cost.
    • Bee Hive & Supers ~ $125- $175
    • (bottom board, hive & honey supers, frames,
    • queen excluder, Inner cover, entrance reducer)
    • Bees ~ $75 - $85
    • (3lbs. & queen)
    • Clothing & Tools ~ $75 - $125
    • ( Veil, gloves, smoker,2 hive tools, bee brush)
    • Feed & Medications ~ $35-$60
    • (Mite & Nosema medication, Sugar, etc.)
    • Beginner Bee Class ~ $80_____
    • Total Yr. 1 w/one hive = ~ $390 - $525
    • Total Yr. 1 w/two hives = ~ $590- $785
  • 8. Expect . . . To need extra super(s)
    • Have Extra Super(s) on hand, with frames and foundation.
    • You never know when you will need to expand your hive(s), or
    • Collect a swarm for a new hive.
    From This To This In 2009!!!
  • 9. Don’t Needlessly Worry about things you won’t need this year!!!
    • You don’t need a honey extractor this year – so just meet someone who has one.
    • You don’t need jars for honey this year.
    • You don’t need a frame knife, honey buckets, labels, pierco frames, etc.
  • 10. Get your equipment and prepare it NOW ! ! ! (or well before the spring bee season) If you have some handyman skills, you can save some money (but may want to focus this on future years).
  • 11. Basic/Simple Tools
  • 12. Painting and Assembling Equipment
    • You can use those cans of leftover exterior paint in your basement.
    • Only paint the outside of hive boxes and supers.
    • Different Color for different hives is great, as it reduces “drifting”.
    • Use a good, water proof wood glue.
  • 13. For those that are handy, you can build you own (NEXT WINTER!!!)
  • 14. A Range of Build-It-Yourself Items
  • 15. Simplicity of the Langstroth Hive
    • Simplicity of hives & square angles make easy projects.
    • Build to fit standard size equipment.
    • Respect 3/8 Inch Bee Space between fixtures and parts.
    • Simple Joints & Dados.
  • 16. Don’t get carried away with Equipment
    • You have years ahead to let your equipment stock grow!!!
  • 17. Questions & Equipment Demo

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