Being a beekeeper is a truly important gift to the world.
These tiny creatures are responsible for the bulk of our food. The beekeeper is literally the keeper of the bees and the insurer of our food production.
In many ways, beekeepers are doing an amazing service to thousands of their neighbors by helping bees grow in population so they can pollinate our food sources.
So if you are thinking about stepping into being a beekeeper I bet you have wondered what tools might you need?
Here Are 5 Tools To Get You Started!
- The Amazing Astronaut like Suit! Protective Gear is an absolute must!
- The Smoker
- The Hive Tool
- The Bee Brush
- Extracting Machine
What does each of these tools do?
The Protective Gear
The Beekeeper’s protective gear is to protect the beekeeper from stings. Although some seasoned beekeepers no longer feel the need to use this gear, as you start out, it is highly recommended.
Some beekeepers think that wearing one might impact the way they can interact with the bees.
The cost of the gear is about $95.00 (US) and includes beekeepers veil pants, and jacket
Gloves cost around $35 and are very long and vented. Some beekeepers chose not to use them as they can be somewhat bulky.
As an experienced beekeeper might suggest, bees respond to the energy you put out. So knowing that you are protecting them will work in your favor.
What is the Smoker?
The smoker for some beekeepers is the most used. It creates smoke that interrupts their communication system and calms the bees.
That allows the beekeeper to do hive inspections, and any repairs needed on the frames. Using the smoker also allows the beekeeper to extract the honey.
The smoker is also designed to protect the beekeeper’s hands. It runs around $30-40.
The Hive Tool
What is the Hive Tool?
The hive tool has one tapered end and one curled end . They come in many bright colors so that it is easy to find!
What is the hive tool used for? It is used for inspection, to help pry open any areas stuck with propolis, helps to cut open the honeycomb, and has many endless applications for the beekeeper.
They usually are quite inexpensive running around $7.
The Bee Brush!
The bee brush is designed to help the beekeepers move the bees away from areas that need repair. It has very soft bristles.
Some beekeepers do not use the brush for it could impact the health of the bees.
The cost of the bee brush runs about $6. And you can decide if you are comfortable or not working with this brush.
There is a manual machine or an electric option.
Using centrifugal force the honey is pushed out of the comb and into containers. Usually, people rent these machines for about $25 per weekend.
But if you wish to have your own machines after you have been in business for a bit, you can easily find them.
With all of these tools, you decide what physically works best for your needs and the bees.
Hope this was helpful information.