- hive bottom board
- hive body (Also called a brood box or deep super. Another option is to use two medium supers instead of one deep. They are easier to handle when full of bees and honey.)
- shallow super
- inner cover
- telescoping top
- 9 1/8” frames (I prefer pre-assembled frames.)
- 5 3/8” frames (I prefer pre-assembled frames.)
- 8 1/2” crimp wire wax foundation
- 4 3/4” crimp wire wax foundation
- entrance reducer
- entrance feeder (or another feeder of your choice)
- hive tool
- bee brush
- jacket or full bee protection suit
You’ll also need a hive stand to get your hive up off the ground. Cinderblocks are a good inexpensive option and pallets work as well.
Here’s a video that shows you how all the equipment fits together…
5. Set up your hive.
If you didn’t purchase pre-painted boxes, then the first thing you need to do is paint the outside of the hive body, telescoping top (wood only) and bottom board with an exterior latex paint or a natural sealant.
Next, install the wax foundation on your frames. Watch this video to see how it’s done:
Then, ready your location to receive bees. Don’t wait until the package of bees is in your hands before you get all the location logistics worked out because things rarely go as planned. Decide on the best place for your hive and set up the hive stand. Gather all your equipment and have it ready. And it doesn’t hurt to practice lighting your smoker once or twice before the big day.
If you’re just getting started in beekeeping, I’d love to hear from you! What questions do you have? What have you learned so far? Tell me how it’s going for you in the comments below.