We offer beginning beekeeper classes three times a year for new beekeepers and to the more experienced beekeeper. Call our store today for a current list of classes. Ray is also available to speak at local and state association meetings.
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How to get started in beekeeping & suggested supplies
1. Join a local beekeepers association
2. Ask to be mentored by an experienced beekeeper
3. Read to learn:
First Lessons in Beekeeping, Keith Delaplane
Beekeeping for Dummies, Howlan Blackiston
4. Take a beekeeping class at your local Technical College or a Short Course offered by a local Beekeeping Club
5. Equipment for one 8 frame hive:
• 1 telescoping cover for 8 frame equipment
• 1 ventilated inner cover for 8 frame equipment
• One 8 frame brood box (deep)
• 8 frames for the brood box
• 8 sheets of waxed coated foundation for the brood box frames
• Three 8 frame honey supers (medium)
• 24 frames for the honey supers
• 24 sheets of waxed coated foundation for the honey super frames
• 1 screened bottom board for 8 frame equipment
• queen excluder, optional
6. Protective clothing:
suit or jacket with veil, jeans, gloves
7. Starter Tools:
• smoker and a lighter of your choice
• hive tool
• front entrance feeder or inner hive feeder
• bee brush to use when harvesting honey