Hello from Germany via Florida - Searching for starter information

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  1. CKR

    CKR New Member

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    Hello to all and thank you for adding me,

    my father, currently living in Bavaria, Germany, was really interested in and learning all about starting to become and beekeeper. Because of certain issues he never got it started properly. For his 70th birthday, my sister and I would like to give him a starter pack for beekeeping - beehive, outfit, etc.
    Basically I'm searching for the most basic information; what's the best bee house to start with, any suggestions on which beekeepers outfit to go with, any extras needed, anything basically to give us an idea how to proceed. My father already has a lot of info gathered and is quite knowledgeable. I'm the one that needs a hand with what would be best for him to get started and what we could get him.
    Thank you very much for your help!
    Best regards
    CKR
     
  2. paint504

    paint504 Member

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    Where in Florida are you located?
     

  3. camero7

    camero7 Member

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    I would look at German suppliers and give him a hive that is used in Germany. He will get more assistance from local beekeepers if you do that.
     
  4. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    And there will be much less shipping involved.
     
  5. lobo

    lobo New Member

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    in Germany exists a big variety of hive sizes. It will be a big advantage to have the same size as the beekeeper collegues around, e.g. to share/get splits. The best would be if your father would ask for the commen size in his region. The local beekeeper club would be of assistence.
    Most of the bigger online beekeeper shops (like Holtermann) in Germany offer starter kits (clothes smoker etc.)
     
  6. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you Lobo - this is information I would not have known.