Beekeeping Supplies for Beginners

Beekeeping Supplies

Those who are new to beekeeping will eventually figure out that beekeeping is not the cheapest of hobbies. To make sure you don't make the same expensive mistakes as other new beekeepers, we have a created a list of the most essential beekeeping supplies you will need to get your bee hive started.

#1 Bee Hive

The first and most important supply you will need for beekeeping is the bee hive. Don't just grab any bee hive because there are different types and you will need to understand which one of these bee hives best suits your needs. The most common types of bee hives are the Langstroth hives, top bar hives, and the Warre hive. One aspect of bee hives that is going to be important to consider is handling. The more frames you stack, the heavier it is going to be when the hives are full of honey.

#2 Bees

Of course, you will also need a swarm of bees to start producing the honey. There are a few ways to get honey bees. The first is to get package bees (typically from a local beekeeper or a local beekeeping association). The second is to order a nucleus hive. This refers to half-sized colonies that gives you a bit of a jump start to bee colony growth.

#3 Protection and Safety Supplies

You will now need supplies to protect you from the bees. This typically includes a veil to keep your face away from the bee stings, a beekeeper's suit to protect your body, and gloves.

#4 Bee Hive Stand

You will also need a stand to support the bee hive. You wouldn't want the bee hive lying around on the ground. Keeping the bee hive off the ground will also offer more protection for your bees. You don't want ground-dwelling pests and rodents to start hunting your honey bees and damaging your precious supply of honey.

#5 Smokers

Smokers are an important supply of beekeeping. They are needed to calm the bees (prior to you getting into the hive). The smoke works by masking the pheromones that bees release to communicate with one another. There are many different materials you can use to create smoke, such as pine needles and twigs.

#6 Hive-Handling Tools

Last but not least, you will need some tools to handle the bee hive. You may, for example, need a bee brush to brush the bees off the frame. Once the honey is finally ready, it may also help to have an extractor tool to start processing the honey combs. Please note that you don't necessarily have to purchase something new. It's fine to use a secondhand version for some of the beekeeping supplies listed in this article, especially as some of these tools can get a bit pricey.

Head back to our bee hives resource for more information on getting your beekeeping hobby started.