shopping list for a first time beekeeper!

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Levi Binegar, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. Levi Binegar

    Levi Binegar New Member

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    okay! so in my last post, i was warned against not buying a kit. not EXACTLY sure why, but if its only to save money, then im on board for sure! so then... what do i need??!! haha. Heres what i think i NEED to get started. basically the bare minimum:

    4 cinder blocks
    for 2, 10 frame hives:
    4 deeps
    4 shallow supers
    2 screened bottom boards
    2 telescopic tops
    80 frames (40 for deeps, 40 for supers)
    2 reducers
    sprayer bottle
    hood
    smoker
    BEES!

    then down the road we need:
    hot knife
    a frame spinner
    filters
    jars
    stuffs to winterize the hives

    where do you guys recommend we get bees from if we cant find any local (seems most places say online they are sold out for spring)

    thanks guys!!!
     
  2. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    hive tool. I would also consider getting mediums instead of shallows. you will need foundation or a gujid if you want to go foundationless. I would also get some eyelets and wire to wire foundation in unless you use plastic foundation
     

  3. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Screened bottom boards are OK, but expensive. Solids are cheaper and easier to make. That will depend on how you want to keep your bees.
    A pallet will work instead of buying cinder blocks to begin with.
    Like Riverrat said, a hive tool is a must.
    If you join a club or association you may be able to avoid the expense of the extractor later on.
    Also, keep in mind that frames are often bought cheaper by the 100 lot, so if you see yourself thinking about expansion, think about that for additional cost savings.
     
  4. Ray

    Ray Member

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    First get a couple of catalogs or go online. Check out what they recommend and then pare it down.
    If you have some basic woodworking skills you can make a lot of the stuff you need.
    The bees won't ask for your contractors license

    I bought the frames, foundation and the hive bodies.
    I bought the veil ,smoker and spray bottle
    The only reason I bought the hive bodies was to have a pattern to go by.

    Perrybees' right buy bulk and improvise.

    You will need winterizing 'stuff' long before you need an extractor.

    GOOD LUCK and welcome :)
     
  5. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    add two inner covers.....
    hive tools, buy more than one cuz they will get misplaced........:lol:
    i use pallets, like perry said....
    i don't use screened bottom boards, my ho is start with solid bottom boards til you figure out your style, again what perry said...
    like riverrat, mediums instead of shallows.....
    foundation....if you purchase plastic foundation, purchase wax coated......

    WELCOME levi!
     
  6. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Hello neighbor! Have you tried Walter T. Kelley for bees? I think you will pay something like $89/package and shipping is around $30 (at least for one package). Are you going with shallow supers to keep things lighter? Otherwise, I would go with mediums.
     
  7. indypartridge

    indypartridge New Member

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    Are you involved in a local club? Not only are clubs great places to find mentors, very often they can direct you to someone who has bees to sell.

    For example, in our local club, we don't have anyone who takes orders for nucs, but most Springs there are a few members who make some extra splits in the spring and sell a nuc or two. We have a guy who catches a lot of swarms, boxes them and sells them. Bees and equipment change hands often and it's all via club members posting on our local email list.
     
  8. bamabww

    bamabww Active Member

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    I would buy some gloves.
     
  9. Levi Binegar

    Levi Binegar New Member

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    sorry its taken me so long to respond!