Bee Hives For Sale

Scouring the ads for Bee Hives For Sale? Take a look at these quick tips before you buy.

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1. Are you a member of a beekeeping association? If you are, it may be that they have set up a deal with some suppliers, so that you can gain a discount from the price if you order through them.

2. Are you thinking of buying second-hand? If so, be cautious. Ask why the beekeeper wished to sell.

Did their bees have diseases? Has the bee hive been properly cleaned and scorched with a blow torch? See this link about purchasing and cleaning used beekeeping equipment.

Avoid purchasing second-hand frames, as the risk of transmitting the diseases is not worth it. Cleaning them is difficult, (dismantling, thoroughly cleaning joints etc). If you are keen to save money, then consider building your own bee hive......



3. Could you make your own bee hive and save cash? Take a look at these free bee hive plans. You may be able to construct a new honey bee hive from off cuts of wood in the garage.

4. Are you aware of all of the different types of bee hives available? Here is a quick introduction to available models on my page Honey Bee Hives . It includes top bar hives (including Warre), national hives, WBC hives and so on.

Also, before purchasing your beekeeping hive, consider that it has to be light enough for you to lift, yet strong enough to take the weight of the honey.

Take into account that a super will weigh around 26 – 34 lbs / 12 – 15 kilograms. Do you have back problems? You need to ensure you can lift this kind of weight without damaging yourself.

If you are concerned about back problems and weight, a top bar hive may be more appropriate for you.

5. If you are beginning beekeeping, you may benefit from asking yourself what kind of beekeeper you wish to be, because this will help determine the type of bee hive you select.

6. Again, if you are starting beekeeping for the first time, be sure that keeping bees is wise for you. Is there sufficient forage in the area? Are pesticides widely used in the vicinity?

7. It is possible to purchase hives made from wood sourced sustainably. Don’t assume they are going to be more expensive than other bee hives. Why not ask the supplier about the origin of the wood they have used?

8. Nowadays, bee hives can be made from polystyrene or plastic.  Is this the right choice for your location?  Will the components be at risk in case of high winds?


9. Are you intending to follow natural beekeeping practice by keeping chemicals out of the hive?  If so, you'll want to be careful about any preservatives or treatments used on the bee hive.


10. Plan ahead. Give yourself time to shop around and acquire what you need, familiarise yourself with your equipment, and place your hive in a suitable location before introducing the bees: i.e. position the hive with the entrance facing away from strong prevailing winds. Ensure you have easy access to the hive.






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How To Start Beekeeping
Go from Bee Hives For Sale to this main introductory page about beekeeping. Here you will find links to further information about beekeeping, such as beekeeping equipment, beekeeping videos to watch free on line, varroa and treating varroa mite, beekeeping books and do on.



Bee Plants
Go from Bee Hives For Sale to these very comprehensive lists of plants for bees, from garden plants, to herbs, wild flowers, trees, shrub and even fruit & veg.



Bee Stings
Go from Bee Hives For Sale to this main introductory page about bee stings. You or a neighbour may need to be re-assured about bee stings, and it may be helpful for you to know how to treat a bee sting - especially if you are new to beekeeping.

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