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Beginner Beekeeper’s Guide

by Anita Deeley at BeverlyBees.com

Congratulations on your new beekeeping pursuit!  Here is some information to help you out along the way.  This page is a work in progress and is updated regularly so check back soon for new information for the beginner beekeeper.

Parts of a Hive Explained

Langstroth Hive Parts

Click Here to learn about the parts that make up a Langstroth hive.

How To Stack A Hive

My Rofftop Hives

Click here for a short video showing how to stack a Langstroth hive.

Parts Of The Unassembled Hive

This is how your unassembled hive will look when it arrives from the store.

Click here to learn about all the parts of an unassembled hive.

How to Assemble Hive Box, Hive Body or Super 

Installing the clamps.

Whether you are handy or tool challenged like me, it is simple to assemble your own hive box. Click Here to learn How to Assemble a Hive Body.

 How To Paint A Hive

We had a gray colored primer left over and used it to paint the hive boxes.  The final paint color will be lighter since dark colors are not a good chocie to paint a hive.

Learning how to paint a hive is easy. Click here to learn more!

How To Assemble A Frame

Pieces for 10 Frames

A step by step guide showing how to assemble a frame. Click here to read more.

 How To Wire A Frame

Wire should be tightly pulled through frame.

Learn how to wire a frame. Click Here!

How To Install Package Bees in a Langstroth Hive

Package of Bees

Learn how to install package bees in a Langstroth hive including three different methods to install the queen.

How To Install Package Bees in a Top Bar Hive

Install Package Bees Using The Rubber Band Method

Bees on the queen cage. A pictorial essay showing how to install package bees using the rubber band method to install the queen cage. Click Here To Learn How To Install A Package Of Bees Using The Rubber Band Method To Install The Queen Cage.

A pictorial essay showing how to install package bees using the rubber band method to install the queen cage.

Installing Package Bees Using A Rim Board

A pictorial essay showing hoe to install a package using a rim board to install the queen cage.

A pictorial essay showing how to install a package using a rim board to install the queen cage.

Removing The Queen Cage

The queen has been released.

Three to seven days after installing a package of bees it’s time to check to see if the queen has been released. Click here to learn how.

Planting A Bee Friendly Garden

Honeybee foraging on Borage.  Photo by Mary Lou Chase.

Attract honeybees into your yard by planting a bee friendly garden. Your vegetables will thank you! Click Here To Learn How To Plant A Bee Friendly Garden.

DIY- How To Make A Candy Board For Winter Feeding

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How to make a candy board to feed your bees over the winter.

Installing The Candy Board For Winter Feeding

How to Autopsy a Honey Bee Colony

Looking through a hive that died for clues.

Learn how to Autopsy A Dead Bee Colony and look through a hive that died for clues.

How to Fix Laying Workers

Learn about laying workers and how to fix a hive with laying workers.

Learn about laying workers and how to fix a hive with laying workers.

How To Prepare Samples For Bee Disease Diagnosis / Pesticide Analysis

 Learn About Bee Swarms

Click here to learn about the biology of bee swarms.

Click here to learn about the biology of bee swarms.

Processing Beeswax From Honeycomb

honey comb

How to get clean usable beeswax from mashed honey comb.

Making Sugar Syrup From The Left Over Sugar In The Candy Board

Finished syrup in jars.

How to make sugar syrup from the left over candy in the candy board.

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4 Comments

  1. My husband and I are very keen conservationists and would love to have hive in our garden to help with the decline of the bee population, not having a lot of money to spare, where could we purchase an inexpensive beginners hive? Thank you for your consideration.

  2. Liz, you can build a top bar hive yourself, here’s a description of how it’s done:

    http://timeinventorskabinet.org/wiki/lib/exe/fetch.php/ami/ami/how_to_build_a_top_bar_hive-02.pdf

    The author, P.J. Chandler is considered an expert beekeeper.

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