Thinking about starting your own beehive? We’ve got the beekeeping supplies to get you started!
It may seem daunting, the list of beekeeping supplies you will need. However, when you break it down, you will find that everything is necessary before you get started. The first thing you’re going to need is the hive and frames to house the bees. Langstroth beehives are the standard beehives used by many experienced and beginner beekeepers. They are very easy to use: the bees build their honeycombs in the frames while you’re still able to manage them properly without disturbing the bees.
When working with bees, protective clothing is a must. Bees are not domesticated and will sting if they are agitated. It is important to wear protective coverings from head to toe with elastic covering to keep the bees from flying up any sleeves or pant legs. Wear gloves and a veil to protect your hands and face.
If a beehive feels threatened the guard bees will release a pheromone called iso-pentyl acetate which acts as an alarm alerting bees in the hive to defend the hive by attacking the intruder. A bee smoker is used to calm the bees first, dulling their receptors so they do not alert the other bees. The smoke also causes other bees within the hives to eat the honey in the hives. This is a survival instinct bees have when they must leave a hive. However, this feeding frenzy tends to pacify the bees allowing you to work harmoniously.
Honey Extraction Tools
For many, the whole purpose of starting your own beekeeping farm is extracting the honey. When you’re extracting, make sure you have your smoker and your protective gear on. There are several tools and supplies you’ll need before you begin. The most important tools you’ll need are a beekeeping frame grip, a brush and a hive tool. Once you have removed the frames, then you need to uncap them by removing the buildup of beeswax from the comb. Uncapped frames are then put into a honey extractor which spins the frames. The honey is forced out of the combs by centrifugal force and then drips into a bucket below.