Beekeeping Equipment

Introduction

This film will describe the specialist equipment used in bee keeping. This includes protective clothing, a hive tool, a bee escape, a bee brush, a queen cage, a bee smoker, an uncapping fork and an uncapping knife, a honey extractor and a bee feeder.

Step 1

<h3>Step 1</h3><p>A full bee keeping outfit consists of a body length suit, bee keeping gloves, gum boots or wellington boots, and an overhead veil.

The full length bee keeping suit will prevent bees from stinging you through your clothing, although most experienced bee keepers find it more com-fortable not to wear this.</p></div>

Protective Clothing

A full bee keeping outfit consists of a body length suit, bee keeping gloves, gum boots or wellington boots, and an overhead veil. The full length bee keeping suit will prevent bees from stinging you through your clothing, although most experienced bee keepers find it more com-fortable not to wear this.

Step 2

<h3>Step 2</h3><p>The overhead veil is the most important piece of protective clothing, and must be worn. Make sure there are no gaps around the bottom of the veil that would allow the bees to enter.</p></div>

Overhead Veil

The overhead veil is the most important piece of protective clothing, and must be worn. Make sure there are no gaps around the bottom of the veil that would allow the bees to enter.

Step 3

<h3>Step 3</h3><p>Proper bee keeping gloves have elbow length extensions that help keep the bees out. Some bee keepers prefer to use washing up gloves, as they find this gives them more dexterity. Although be warned that the bees will still be able to sting you through the thinner, rubber material.</p></div>

Bee Keeping Gloves

Proper bee keeping gloves have elbow length extensions that help keep the bees out. Some bee keepers prefer to use washing up gloves, as they find this gives them more dexterity. Although be warned that the bees will still be able to sting you through the thinner, rubber material.

Step 4

<h3>Step 4</h3><p>A standard hive tool is thin and flat, and made of metal. It is used to prize parts of the hive apart on inspection.</p></div>

Hive Tool

A standard hive tool is thin and flat, and made of metal. It is used to prize parts of the hive apart on inspection.

Step 5

<h3>Step 5</h3><p>A bee brush is a soft bristled brush that can be used to harmlessly remove bees from a surface. A bee brush only needs to be used very softly, and when used properly will not injure or harm the bees.</p></div>

Bee Brush

A bee brush is a soft bristled brush that can be used to harmlessly remove bees from a surface. A bee brush only needs to be used very softly, and when used properly will not injure or harm the bees.

Step 6

<h3>Step 6</h3><p>A bee feeder is used to feed the bees sugar syrup at certain times in the year. Feeders come in dif-ferent sizes depending on whether you just want to ‘top up’ the bees, or keep them fed over winter. The feeder sits on top the crown board and under the roof, and it is left to the bees to regulate how much they need.</p></div>

Bee Smoker

A bee feeder is used to feed the bees sugar syrup at certain times in the year. Feeders come in dif-ferent sizes depending on whether you just want to ‘top up’ the bees, or keep them fed over winter. The feeder sits on top the crown board and under the roof, and it is left to the bees to regulate how much they need.

Step 7

<h3>Step 7</h3><p>A bee feeder is used to feed the bees sugar syrup at certain times in the year. Feeders come in dif-ferent sizes depending on whether you just want to ‘top up’ the bees, or keep them fed over winter. The feeder sits on top the crown board and under the roof, and it is left to the bees to regulate how much they need.</p></div>

Bee Feeder

A bee feeder is used to feed the bees sugar syrup at certain times in the year. Feeders come in dif-ferent sizes depending on whether you just want to ‘top up’ the bees, or keep them fed over winter. The feeder sits on top the crown board and under the roof, and it is left to the bees to regulate how much they need.

Step 8

<h3>Step 8</h3><p>A bottling bucket is made from food grade plastic and has a honey gate located on the side, rough-ly 2cm from the bottom. It’s function is to allow the honey contained within to settle for 2-3 weeks before bottling. This allows for any impurities to fall to the bottom and collect in the shallow area below the honey gate, and prevent it from enter-ing your bottled honey.</p></div>

Bottling Bucket

A bottling bucket is made from food grade plastic and has a honey gate located on the side, rough-ly 2cm from the bottom. It’s function is to allow the honey contained within to settle for 2-3 weeks before bottling. This allows for any impurities to fall to the bottom and collect in the shallow area below the honey gate, and prevent it from enter-ing your bottled honey.

Step 9

<h3>Step 9</h3><p>A honey extractor is a device that spins honey from the comb cells using centrifugal force. They are available in different sizes, can be made from plastic or stainless steel, and can be operated via hand crank or electric motor.</p></div>

Honey Extractor

A honey extractor is a device that spins honey from the comb cells using centrifugal force. They are available in different sizes, can be made from plastic or stainless steel, and can be operated via hand crank or electric motor.

Step 10

<h3>Step 10</h3><p>An uncapping fork has long, thin, sharpened prongs, and and angled head. It is used to uncap the honey supers.</p></div>

Uncapping Fork

An uncapping fork has long, thin, sharpened prongs, and and angled head. It is used to uncap the honey supers.

Step 11

<h3>Step 11</h3><p>An uncapping knife helps remove the wax of the capped honey before the harvest. A goof sharp knife will do the trick.</p></div>

Uncapping Knife

An uncapping knife helps remove the wax of the capped honey before the harvest. A goof sharp knife will do the trick.

Step 12

<h3>Step 12</h3><p>A Queen cage is used to transport queen bees through the post, and also for introducing a new queen into an established hive.</p></div>

Queen Cage

A Queen cage is used to transport queen bees through the post, and also for introducing a new queen into an established hive.

Step 13

<h3>Step 13</h3><p>A Bee escape allows the bees through one way, but not the other. When fitted to a crown board, it can be placed above the brood chamber and has the effect of clearing all the bees from the honey supers.</p></div>

Bee Escape

A Bee escape allows the bees through one way, but not the other. When fitted to a crown board, it can be placed above the brood chamber and has the effect of clearing all the bees from the honey supers.