How to Start beekeeping with more beehives
Every beekeeper want to make more beehives to start beekeeping, but it has risk to do like this. How to escape these troubles, we give some advice.
Here are some essentials for beekeepers:
Bee smoker. Usually bee smoker is made of stainless steel and leather. In China we always use small size for beekeeping, and we also design big size for Europe and American market.
Beekeeping suit like Veil, jacket, or suit. I would prefer, if I only have one protective suit, to have a full coverall with a zip on veil. I think store some sets suit is necessary, it is also very cheap, the full body less than $20 if you buy from our company.
Some kind of hive tools. Any little flat bar will work. One of my all time favorites is a very old light cleaver that I sharpened on the end. I can pry a box apart or scrape things. they are all necessary for beehive using.
Bee brush. You can buy some brush from us, you will need to brush bees off from time to time. In order to harvest, in order to do other manipulations. Shaking can work sometimes, but sometimes you just need a brush. Like when the bees are all clustering on the edge of the hive you can brush them off before you set the next box on top.
Tool box. You can put your tools in a five gallon bucket, but if you want a really nice toolbox, We has one that can double as a swarm box, has a place for a hive tool, a frame grip, a smoker, a frame perch and room inside for odds and ends.
Queen Catcher. The hair clip kind are the nicest ones I've seen you can pick up a queen without hurting her. You still have to be a little careful, but it is designed to not hurt her and to let the workers out. There are times you just need to know where she is while you rearrange things or do a split and then you can release her. This plus a marking tube and a paint pen and you can mark her too.
A frame nailing device. ASSEbee as beekeeping supplies is very nice to put wooden beehive frames together. It holds 10 frames in place for you to nail them. It is a little tricky to figure out at first, but it's a real time saver and frustration saver.
I recommend you by 2 ro 3 frame manul honey extractor, if your bee famer also do tourist, I recommend you our transparent honey extractor, it can show the visitor how the honey get out from the honey comb, it is very interesting for visitors, also for kids. This transparent honey extractor is made of stainless steel and plexiglass, no pollution to the honey.