Friday, May 20, 2011
Setting Up a Beehive Part 3
So what is the basic beekeeping equipment you need to get started? Obviously the first thing you need is a hive. The basic hive components you'll need for your first year are, the hive stand, the bottom board, two hive bodies with ten frames each, one queen excluder, one super with ten frames, inner lid and outer lid.
You'll want a veil to protect you face and eyes. Some veils attach to a helmet, just get one you can easily see through,
You will need a smoker to calm the bees before opening the hive.
That's all you need to get started. Once you're ready to harvest honey you might want more equipment but for now, you're all set.
Bees are kind of mysterious and intimidating but the promise of sweet golden honey and the privilege of protecting the sustainability of our ecosystem makes it worth getting to know them.