Beehive essentials include a smoker to calm bees, a reducer to protect the hive and a hive tool for handling nuc frames.
Step 3: Purchase your equipment and bees.
Bee orders should be placed in the late winter in order to ensure you get your bees, as a lot of supply is subject to availability. We bought our bees from Dadant and Sons. (www.dadant.com) Dadant has a wealth of knowledge and a great supply of beekeeping supplies, including hives and protective clothing.
Step 4: Choose a site.
Choosing a site is very important to the success of the hive. Classes and books will help determine the best site for you, but a location away from children and disturbance is a good place to start. Notifying neighbors of your new hive isn’t required, but is usually appreciated. Once a site is chosen, set up the hive in anticipation for delivery.
Step 5: Install the bees.
Following the directions of your books and class, install the package and let the bees get to work. Checking the hive once every ten days is beneficial to the hive’s success as signs of parasites or an unhealthy queen can be remedied if caught right away.
Step 6: Collect the honey.
If the colony has enough honey for the winter, the beekeeper can then harvest “liquid gold” to enjoy and share with others.
We look forward to providing updates on our hive’s first year via our Facebook page.