It's easy when starting to go crazy, thinking you must buy everything to do with beekeeping.
But before purchasing your bee keeping supplies, it's worth thinking about it, setting a budget and planning carefully, especially if you have a limited amount of cash to spend.
That said, some things are absolutely necessary, and it's not worth looking to save a little cash if it means jeopardizing the colony.
Here are a few notes:
If you are wanting to harvest honey, how much equipment to you need?
You could purchase a centrifugal extractor – or you could decide to eat the honey how it used to be – as comb honey – which when sold and packaged nicely in fancy jars, can ironically fetch a premium price.
If you are harvesting honey only for yourself and family, begin storing used glass storing jars and lids. Sterilize them properly before use.
If you plan to render wax cappings for candle-making etc, you can easily make your own solar extractor.
There are many options for purchasing used beekeeping
equipment, whether it be via your local beekeeping group, e-bay or the
local ads pages.
Ensure you buy the right things, and that you take steps to minimize the risk of spreading diseases and Varroa mites, for example.
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