Essential (& Some Non-essential) Beginning Beekeeper Equipment Dave Carter & Bob Mitchell
You will need  some new equipment …  (so many options – so little time to choose) <ul><li>Bee Hive(s) & Supers </li></ul><...
Bee Hive(s) & Supers <ul><ul><li>8 or 10 frame boxes? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wedged, grooved, or divided  frames? </li...
Tools for Inspecting & Caring for Hive(s) <ul><li>Hive tool(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Bee Brush /Feather </li></ul><ul><li>Feed...
A note on Feeders – Enclosed are much better!!! <ul><li>Entrance feeders may be convenient …. </li></ul><ul><li>BUT, they ...
Safety Equipment <ul><li>Smoker </li></ul><ul><li>Smoker Fuel </li></ul><ul><li>Veil </li></ul><ul><li>Jacket / Long Sleev...
Beekeeping has a cost. <ul><li>Bee Hive & Supers  ~  $125- $175 </li></ul><ul><li>(bottom board, hive & honey supers,  fra...
Expect . . . To need extra super(s)  <ul><li>Have Extra Super(s) on hand, with frames and foundation. </li></ul><ul><li>Yo...
Don’t Needlessly Worry about things you won’t need this year!!! <ul><li>You don’t need a honey  extractor this year – so j...
Get your equipment and prepare it NOW ! ! !  (or well before the spring bee season) If you have some handyman skills, you ...
Basic/Simple Tools
Painting and Assembling Equipment <ul><li>You can use those cans of leftover exterior paint in your basement. </li></ul><u...
For those that are handy, you can build you own (NEXT WINTER!!!)
A Range of Build-It-Yourself Items
Simplicity of the Langstroth Hive <ul><li>Simplicity of hives & square angles make easy projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Build ...
Don’t get carried away with Equipment  <ul><li>You have years ahead to let your equipment stock grow!!! </li></ul>
Questions & Equipment Demo
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This was a brief presentation given during the Delaware Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeepers Workshop on Jan. 14, 2012.

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DBA Beginning Beekeepers Workshop - Essential Beekeeping Equipment

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