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What You Need to Start Beekeeping

To set up your hive and tend bees safely and effectively, you need some basic tools and gear. You can purchase items separately or opt for a starter kit that includes all the basic beekeeping components. Follow this quick guide to know what to purchase.
  • Hat, Veil and Gloves

    For protection from bee stings, most beekeepers wear a sturdy mesh helmet with a veil and thick-but-flexible gauntlet gloves that extend above the elbow. Coveralls or a jacket with elastic at the openings can also protect you from stings. 

    Date Published: September 22, 2017
    Date Updated: September 25, 2017
    Tags: Country Life
  • Boxes

    Wooden hive boxes provide living space for honeybees. Typically they raise new bees or brood in boxes called deeps and store their food - pollen and honey - in shallower boxes called supers. To complete your hive, you need a cover, inner cover, and bottom board for these boxes. 

    Date Published: September 22, 2017
    Date Updated: September 25, 2017
    Tags: Country Life
  • Bees

    You'll need one package of honeybees per hive. Purchase bees from a local apiary (local bees are already adapted to your climate and plants) or from an online supplier. 

    Date Published: September 22, 2017
    Date Updated: September 25, 2017
    Tags: Country Life
  • Frames

    Movable wooden frames inside each box allow you to easily inspect the entire hive. Each frame holds a sheet of rigid plastic upon which the bees build wax honeycomb. In each hexagonal honeycomb cell, you'll find brood, pollen, nectar, or honey. 

    Date Published: September 22, 2017
    Date Updated: September 25, 2017
    Tags: Country Life
  • Hive Tool and Bee Brush

    A hive tool's sturdy shape provides strength and leverage for a range of beekeeping tasks, such as prying apart boxes, separating frames, and cleaning propolis (bee glue made by bees from tree resin) and errant beeswax off hive parts. 

    A bee brush's long, soft bristles gently remove bees from hive parts and clothing during honey harvest and at the end of hive inspections. 

    Date Published: September 22, 2017
    Date Updated: September 25, 2017
    Tags: Country Life

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