Beekeeping kit can be expensive when you are beginning beekeeping. Fortunately, there are some tools you can make yourself, and here is an excellent tip below for creating your own bee brush!
Bee Brush, Fun And Free!
By Katharina Davitt, Keno, OR, USA
Commercial bee brushes are made with bristles and as you know bees get entangled in the bristles all the time. I make my own bee brush using a goose wing feather. I collect them every time my goose moults. Perhaps you have a friend with geese and you can get some free feathers. Other feathers like from turkeys work well too. I wrap the quill with a little bit of painter's tape and push it into the shaft of a cheap pen. Works very well and the bees do not get entangled.
In summary, this piece of beekeeping kit is really bee-friendly (or 'api-centric', and for that, Katharina received a copy of David Heaf’s book, The Bee Friendly Beekeeper, courtesy of Northern Bee Books who sponsored this competition.
Thank you for this excellent tip Katharina! I’m sure many beekeepers will be able to get
hold of a suitable feather some way or another. A feather is gentle for bees, and can easily be washed.
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