This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Gifts for beekeepers

Here is a thought for last minute gifts for a beekeeper. Or stop at your local bee store to purchase a gift certificate.
A honey bottling pail. Around $27.00. Or just the buy the yellow gate valve for around $12.00, you need to drill a 1-7/8" hole in the pail.
Have a hard time opening pail lids? This heavy duty aluminum tool, make removing lids and easy task. Around $20.00.
 Cotton Smoker Fuel around $5.00
Kwik Start Smoker Pellets 100 ct around $12.00
Pro-Grade Goatskin GlovesPro Grade Beekeeper Gloves around $28.00

Five Frame Nuc Hive - around $49.00. If you don't have one of these, I strongly encourage adding one of these to you outfit.
Frame Cleaner, around $6.95. This easily cleans out the groove on used frames when replacing foundation. They work great.
Mouseguard, keeps mice out of the hive during winter. Around $6.00.
Frame spacing tool. around $12.00. Keeps frames evenly spaced.
 Life Cycle Chart, around $13.00. This poster is a great reference for figuring out timing for different times in the lives of the bees and their work duties.
 Bee Jacket, around $60.00. Keep bees in comfort during hot weather.
Labels 250 ct, various sizes, around $16.00 - $21.00. Get the labels custom imprinted for another $11.00.
Extractor, 3 frame. Around $450.00. The motorized version is around $780.00.
Honey Refractometer, around $80.00. Tests your honey to make sure it is U.S.Grade A.
Uncapping Tank, around $150.00. Uncap honey frames into this tub.