2018 Beekeeping Season Starting
Are you a new beekeeper?
Step 1. Order one box of bees for each hive you plan to care for. We are limited on the number of packages we order each year, so do not delay. ***We always suggest caring for two beehives for new beekeepers, so you have two hives to inspect and compare. This is only a suggestion and yes you can start with one hive.
Step 2. Order your equipment. Decide if you prefer traditional 10-frame deep boxes or 8-frame medium boxes. I prefer the 8-frame boxes as they are easier on your back and lighter to lift. A deep box can weight 90-100 lbs when full of honey and an 8-frame box weighs in at 40-50 lbs when full. The 8-frame, medium box setup also allows flexibility in that you can use the same size of box for your whole beehive. Easier to see than explain, but please email or call if you need a better explanation.
Step 3. Decide on your setup preference (8-frame medium or 10-frame deeps) and order your equipment, which is on our website. Under each of these headings you will find only the 10 -frame or 8-frame equipment, making it easier to understand and ensuring you order all the same equipment for your hives.
Step 4. Order other basic beekeeping equipment. Along with boxes, you will also need at a minimum a beekeeping jacket or suit with veil, gloves, smoker, and a hive tool, all of which can be ordered on the website.
Step 4. Receive your equipment. Assembly your boxes and paint them any color and/or design that your want, but I do not suggest painting them black. This is a great family project to complete prior to the arrival of your bees. Be creative, let the children paint designs on your hives, use a lot of fun color, let your imagine run wild. And I promise, your bees won’t care.
Step 5. Your bees finally arrive. Your Italian bees will arrive in a 3-lb package with a laying queen. You will take your girls (the bees) home and carefully dump them in your first hive box. Your first hive box will be void of frames, add your bees, and then carefully place the frames back into the box being careful to not squish too many bees and put the top on. You will need to feed the bees sugar water so they can start making a lot of wax that is needed to build up the frames so the queen will have a home to lay her eggs. Your bees will come with very detailed, pictured instructions, so don’t worry if step 5 seems complicated.
More to Come………