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  1. #1
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    Default Am I on the right track?

    I plan to start with 2 hives. Today I reserved 2 nucs from a seller about 3 hours away. They will be available around April 22 depending on the weather. I paid $150 each.

    I have been researching what hives to get and I think I have decided on getting

    2 10-Frame Complete Hives not assembled
    20 black 8-3/8 plastic foundation (ea)
    2 Deep Plastic Division Bd Feeder
    2 Frame select assembled Medium DT Super
    20 Assembled 6 1/4 white super frame (ea)
    2 10-Frame Plastic Queen Excluder
    2 10-Frame Entrance Reducer
    Smoke Stack Smoker
    Hive Pry Tool
    Hood
    Gloves

    Am I on the right track with the parts I have picked out?

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    might as well build the supers yourself as well and the frames--unless you have no time its a good winter activity and you can save some money
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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    I am not good at constructing things. I wish I could to save the $.

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    Yes, it sounds like you doing ok. I myself would rather have a metal queen excluder because the plastic kinda flexes and flips when you lift it as it's glued down with propolis and it can flick bees. Other than that, what you chose should work for you.
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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    Would you mind a stray opinion? As a newbee with just 2 hives, consider using all one size of equipment. Use all deeps or all mediums for EVERYTHING. It makes life so much easier when one size can do whatever you need done at the moment. When you use one size for brood and another for honey, invariably when you need something in a hurry, you don't have the size you need. Been there and done that. Make your equipment as simple and interchangeable as possible.


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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    Thanks, I will change my cart around and make the recommended changes. I have some time before I have to place my order. I would like to get the hives at least a month before my bees arrive so the paint will be cured.

    Is it better to paint the hives or varnish them? I am still learning.

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    I really wouldnt worry too much about queen excluders. The queen will typically only lay in the bottom two brood boxes. They are useful (almost essential) queen rearing, but in your first year not a necessity.

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    Welcome to Beesource!

    I like Rusty's suggestion about all one size box (I use only 10 frame mediums), but one consideration is that you are buying nucs, not packages. Most nucs are likely to be using deep frames, so figure out how that is going to fit into your plans.

    Paint vs varnish is partly a appearance/preference issue, but UV rays from the sun are damaging to wood. Paint is likely to do a better job of blocking UV than varnish, IMO.
    Graham
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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    Skip the queen excluders, they will only frustrate you. You really don't need them yet. For some reason they get lumped in with the other beginner beekeeper equipment in books and such, but you really need to be an experienced beekeeper to use them properly. Save the $$$ and get a couple more boxes.

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    You will learn! I am a first time keeper also. Have 2 hives, all set up, will pick up bees mid April, like you. I have made one Quilt so far, need to make another one. I have made 2 - 2" boxes, for feeding sugar cakes. I'm headed outside this morning to make a swarm catch box. I am not handy at woodworking either, this is my first attempt, tons of good info on YouTube.
    Good luck! And have fun, I'm having a blast and don't even have bees yet!

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    Welcome to the bee world. It might pay to do a reality check before you go any further. Beekeeping can be very addictive.
    Should you continue ( I hope you do) strongly suggest going for 8 frame boxes. they are a lot lighter. Believe wire excluders are better.

    I like the idea of doing the assembly yourself.

    Have fun

    Geoff

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    Quote Originally Posted by hjsmith00843 View Post
    I plan to start with 2 hives. Today I reserved 2 nucs from a seller about 3 hours away. They will be available around April 22 depending on the weather. I paid $150 each.

    I have been researching what hives to get and I think I have decided on getting

    2 10-Frame Complete Hives not assembled
    20 black 8-3/8 plastic foundation (ea)
    2 Deep Plastic Division Bd Feeder
    2 Frame select assembled Medium DT Super
    20 Assembled 6 1/4 white super frame (ea)
    2 10-Frame Plastic Queen Excluder
    2 10-Frame Entrance Reducer
    Smoke Stack Smoker
    Hive Pry Tool
    Hood
    Gloves

    Am I on the right track with the parts I have picked out?
    Looks good to me.

    Come March and April why don't you come over to Conway for the weekly NY Beekeepers Meeting at Ryans on 501, usually on Thursdays? Maybe you'd like to get into some hives w/ me. I have a lot of them. I could introduce you to a queen rearer.
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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    I'd double check to make sure that entrance reducers aren't included with your complete hive kit. I would think they would be. No need to buy two extras if they are included. Good luck with all the decisions!
    Once the bee is inside, Mr. Veil is no longer your friend.

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    after doing some research in my local area I have located some used hives and supers. Picking them up early next week. I will be getting 5 sets. (minus frames) for cheaper than one of the new hives.

    He said they are not rotted in anyway but they could use a cleaning and paint. I think that will be a fun project for the winter months getting the used hives refurbished.

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    Quote Originally Posted by hjsmith00843 View Post
    after doing some research in my local area I have located some used hives and supers. Picking them up early next week. I will be getting 5 sets. (minus frames) for cheaper than one of the new hives.

    He said they are not rotted in anyway but they could use a cleaning and paint. I think that will be a fun project for the winter months getting the used hives refurbished.
    Be careful of used equipment, things may be lurking,,,

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    And hive stands are something that you cwn consider...anything is possible from cinder blocks to manufactured plastic, to formed stainless tubing. Some manufactured models come with frame holders, which are not much more than hangers to accommodate 3 or 4 frames while you dig into the main hive during inspections et al.
    Returning to stands, someone suggested to me to do the following:
    Buy a PT 2X6X12. Cut off two 14" pieces. Fasten each of those across the remaining two long sections, forming sort of a hybrid capital H, if you will. This will hold two hives.

    Anyway, get something built to keep your girls off the ground. When you are manipulating hives, it will wind up helping your back most of the time too.

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    Hope things go good for you there's alot of good help on beesource , I just started this past spring , my biggest mistake was trying to go with deep brood box's and med. honey supers because I had deep nucs coming to start off with . Also I didn't believe how heavy a deep box full of honey and or brood can really be , I shrugged it off , they can honestly be 80 to 90 pds , not sure of your age so be careful .I didn't understand the value of being able to interchange frames of the same size with all of my box's , I bet its one of the most common mistakes for a new beekeeper as far as equipment goes .The medium box for everything is probably the most common in 10 frame but 8 frame is used alot also .Many beeks have had to cut all there equip. down to med size to get everything to a standard size . Like others have told you most nucs come in the deep size and they won't fit a med box and thats what mess's things up , if you can find med. nuc's thats the way to go . Cutting down the used equipment you found is a breeze with a table saw as far as the box's go , but I wouldn't suggest you do it with frames unless you are really familiar with woodworking tools , your bottom boards and tops and inner covers will all fit your med 10 frame box but be careful 8 frame won't , there narrower . Good luck Bruce

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    If the list is from your cart, I don't see bottom board, inner cover (if using) and top cover (either migratory or telescoping). What are you using for hive stand? I use concrete blocks, others make special stands.

    I agree with the other posters with sticking with one size boxes for brood and supers. Keep in mind the frame size of the nucs you're ordering the brood boxes. Personally, I would get at least a jacket until you get comfortable with bees. I also use regular leather work gloves.

    I am not sure if you get a cardboard nuc or a wood box. I would keep 1 extra hive setup (nuc) in case you end up with a swarm.

    Some more thoughts (you've got most of it covered): http://www.donnellyfarmsohio.com/201...hive-kits.html

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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    Just my two cents worth: I got a frame grip and get a lot of use out of it. I wear gloves, so it makes it much easier to get a grip. For a hive tool, I really like the ones with a "J" shape on the end--they are excellent for prying out the frames when the bees glue them to the frame rests with propolis. Regarding queen excluders, I have never used one and never needed one. A couple came with the equipment I bought, and they have sat in a shed for a dozen years. And save up some corrugated cardboard, the plain brown kind with no ink and no tape, to roll up and use for smoker fuel. A smoker giving you trouble is a hassle when you are new to bees (and all other times too). I found the cardboard to be the most reliable smoker fuel. Some people recommend pine needles--I don't have them so I don't know. Also, not to confuse things, but I am switching over to all 8-frame mediums and wish I had started that way. Of course I haven't done it yet so it's just an idea.

    Good luck and welcome to beekeeping.
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    Default Re: Am I on the right track?

    The problem with beekeeping is that there are so many different ways to set things up. I made all of my own gear, so i tried a number of different configurations to see what i like best and what worked easiest for me. I bought a boardman feeder, but when i saw it out of the box, i decided that i'd never use it. I also purchased a frame feeder, but was unhappy with the drowned bees. I made a few miller style hive top feeders, and they work GREAT, but it's not fun to remove a full feeder for hive inspections. For hives close to home that can be easily checked, I'm converting to 1/2 gallong mason jars to feed through migratory covers. For my hives far from home, i'll probably still use the miller feeders.

    I thought i was going to be some magical bee whisperer and only use a veil, but I quickly realized that thousands of bees flying around made me a bit nervous. I cobbled togetehr a suit out of tyvex painters suits, but it was so overwhelmingly hot inside that it was not fun to wear. I bought a full suit off of of ebay for a reasonable price and I love it. it's not a fancy super vented turbo suit, but it's much better than tyvek. I'd rather slip into that than mess about with tying the darn strings on my hat/veil. I think this single item made working with bees much more enjoyable.

    My suit came with leather bee gloves, but they are so bulky that I don't like to wear them. I usually wear rubber dishwashing gloves, which are affordable and last about a season or so. Sometimes I wear nitrile gloves that I have around the shop. FWIW, i have been stung through the nitrile once, but the stinger didn;t stick in me. the leather gloves have taken a number of stings, but they have not penetrated to my skin.

    I bought and made a number of hive tools. I forged one that is very similar in design to the "j-hook" style tool. I use this one the most because it makes lifting the frames out so much easier. i just hooj the "J" under the frame top rail and lift it enough to get my fingers on it.

    Regarding hive finishes, i have played with varnishes, urathanes, and paints. While i like the look of stained and varnished wood, its much faster to simply paint them. I like the oil based paints, but they take a long time to dry completely and cleanup is tougher than with latex. I now use only quality latex paint. I tried a gallon of the cheap stuff, but it takes twice as many coats, which is jsut more time and hassle. Good quality exterior latex is the way to go for me. I buy the "oops" paint at whatever place I happen to be.

    There are lots of ways to do any one thing in beekeeping. I wouldn't get held up on the idea of doing any one thing a certain way until you get to playing with the bees for a little while. I've had a number of convictions change as I learn about my bees, and about my beekeeping ideas and beliefs.

    Welcome to the hobby! I hope it brings you as much joy as it has brought me. It really is pretty fun, and as others have mentioned, somewhat addicting.

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