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.
A short beginner beekeeping video guide showing how to setup and stack a beehive. Click Here To Watch.
Beekeeping supply shops sell hive parts piecemeal as well as both assembled and unassembled hive kits. For someone who is handy it is very easy to assemble the hive parts yourself and you can even save a some money by doing it yourself. If you are unsure what parts you need or what an unassembled hive looks like, Click Here To Learn About the Parts That Make Up An Unassembled Bee Hive.
Whether you are handy or tool challenged like me, it is simple to assemble your own hive box aka hive body aka super. Click Here To Learn More.
It is easy to paint a beehive if you remember one thing – Paint the outside but leave the inside where the bees live unpainted. Paint helps protect wooden hive parts from the rain, snow, sun and other weather elements. Click Here To Learn More About How To Paint A Beehive.
This article describes how to assemble a wooden frame for a Langstroth Hive with step by step pictures to guide you along. Click Here To Learn How To Assemble A Frame.
When using wax foundation in your hive, after your assemble the frame and before you install the foundation, you need to prepare your frame by wiring it. Wiring the frame gives the wax strength and support, keeps the drawn comb from sagging in the frame and helps strengthen the comb against breakage when extracting honey. Click Here For Instructions And Step By Step Pictures Showing How To Wire A Frame.
A pictorial essay showing how to install package bees in a rooftop hive 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.
For this install I placed the queen on the top bars and used a rim board to give the bees room to take care of her. Click Here For A Pictorial Essay Showing How To Install A Package Of Bees Using A Rim Board To Install The Queen Cage.
Three to seven days after installing a package of bees it’s time to check to see if the queen has been released. In this article, I show how two hives had released their queens and built wax around the queen cage, but one hive still had not chewed the candy out of the queen cage just quite yet. Click Here To Read More And See Photos Of Removing The Queen Cage.
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.