When starting out on a new beekeeping venture, the first thing you will need to look at are your beehive plans. A successful beekeeping farm is dependent on well-constructed beehives that are perfect for the bees needs, but also practical to maintain and empty on a regular basis.
You can either purchase ready made hives and equipment, or you can decide to build the beehives yourself. Whichever you wish to follow, you need to know what designs and equipment are available, and what the positives and drawbacks for each of these designs are.
To begin beekeeping, you will need the following equipment:
- You will need expert advice on beekeeping, and it is always a good idea to purchase a manual, and to join at least one beekeeping forum, where expert advice is at your fingertips.
- A good quality hive that can withstand the weather. Shop around for different designs
- The hive will also need a roof, a screen for the floor of the hive, and telescoping covers and inner covers for the roof and ceiling of the hive.
- It is best to also have a size reducer on the front entrance of the hive. The bees are not able to defend their hive if the entrance is too large and unprotected.
- You will also need supers for the walls, and frames to fit the honeycombs into. These form the basis of the honeycombs the bees will be making as rooms, nurseries and food (read honey) storage.
- A foundation cell sheet is placed in each frame to serve as a template for the bees to build their honeycombs on. Most beekeepers place one full sheet in each frame. There are however beekeepers who prefer to use only ½ or ¼ sheet for each frame to save costs. This is however not recommended practice, as the bees will require more time and energy in building the foundation.
- During the establishment phase, the bees have not gotten to know their surroundings yet, and do not know the feeding grounds yet. It is essential at this time to place a feeder of sugar water nearby. During drought and winter it is also advisable to keep a bee feeder filled up with sugar water in the vicinity.
- Of course no beekeeper wants to be without his trusty full body protective clothing, including the full face protection and gloves that are sting resistant, and a smoker to calm the bees while the honey is being harvested.
Keeping these guidelines in mind will help you to make a choice when you are looking at which beehive plans to use on your bee farm.
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