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Keeping Bees - Equipment

The possible list of equipment, gadgets and gizmos that exist for keeping bees is virtually endless. Beekeepers often come up with their own variations of existing equipment or even entirely new gadgets to help in some way or another. This section concentrates on the basics only. Over time, new beekeepers will find out about additional items they may want to use or even invent their own.

Bee keeping equipment falls into a number of categories according to what is needed or how it is intended to be used.  Hover over the images below to see more information.

Housing Bees



Bee hive - the fundamental piece of equipment needed to be able to “keep” bees (more)

Inspecting and handling bees



Protective clothing - essential for personal safety and confidence (more)




Smoker - a little smoke can alter the behaviour of the bee



Hive tool - a useful tool to prize apart hive parts, clean off wax and propolis and lift frames

Bee health



Feeder - at times bees may need to be fed sugar syrup



Treatments - from time-to-time it is essential to treat bees for various ailments (more)

Moving and making increasing



Nucleus box - not essential , but useful for housing a swarm or making up nuclei from main colonies



Travelling screen - a mesh crown board that allows heat to escape when transporting full hives




Straps - strong straps keep the hive parts together when moving hives (essential to stop hives coming apart in a vehicle

Honey production



Honey equipment - the aim for most beekeepers is the production of honey. Various items of equipment will be needed for this depending on what kind of product you wish to produce

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