Friday, March 15, 2013

Shopping List for a Beginner Beekeeper

Tom Vercoutere, from the Beekeepers Guild Of San Mateo County, has great quotes about hobby beekeeping. Here are two of them, which I might have changed slightly:
- You are in this business to spend money. If not, you are in wrong business!
- This is your hobby; spend money.

So, I listened to Tom, followed his wisdom, and spend money for my hobby...


I managed to find two locations to place couple of hives each. In total, I am planning to have 4 hives.

2 Packages of 3 lb Beekind's Own (Local Survivor Stock)

   TOTAL: $216.00

Honey Bee Genetics
2 Packages of 4 lb with Hybrid-Italian

   TOTAL: $252.00


I decided to have two extra hive equipments just in case. So, my shopping list is for 6 complete hives.

Here is my shopping list:

Her Majesty's Secret Beekeeper; their retail store in the Mission, SF was closed in Jan 2013. It's an authorized Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Dealer. I drove up to Modesto, CA to buy the bulk of my shopping list at their warehouse with some discount.
6   IPM bottom board
6   Telescoping cover
6   Inner cover
6   Entrance reducer
24  Medium hive bodies
140 Frames Wedged-top Divided-bottom
6   Entrance mouse guard
2   Imrie shim
5   L shaped frame rest
10  Medium  plastic foundation
1   Comb cutter
1   Bee quick
1   Frame jig
1   Hive tool
2   Top feeder
2   Entrance feeder
4   Division Feeder
1   Hive strap
1   Smoker fuel
2   Bee escape
1   Fume pad
3   Waxed nucs
6   Beetle blaster

   TOTAL: $883.47

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
  720 1 $19.50 Goatskin Gloves MEDIUM
  985 1 $22.50 Moving Net
 264C 1  $1.65 Cage Queen Marking Tube
  253 3 $10.50 Pheromone Lure
253SW 3  $5.85 Swarm Attractant Wipe 
 561H 1 $15.95 Case of 100 Hive Corner Protectors

SubTotal: $75.95
Shipping: $15.15
   TOTAL: $91.10

Mann Lake LTD
Code QTY ItPrice Total Product
HD-122 2 $13.50 $27.00 Wood Bound 10 Frame Excluder
FD-110 2 $19.95 $39.90 10 Frame Top Feeder w/ Super
HD-380 1  $5.95  $5.95 Red Marking Pen
HD-100 1  $3.50  $3.50 Queen Catcher
HD-388 1  $4.75  $4.75 Queen Marking Tube
HD-585 1  $8.95  $8.95 9 1/2" (24.13 cm) Hive Tool 1 - 11
HD-660 1  $4.95  $4.95 Bee Brush
HD-650 1 $19.95 $19.95 Frame Perch
HD-587 1 $19.95 $19.95 9 Frame Spacing Tool - Stainless
HD-565 1 $29.95 $29.95 4" x 7" (10.16 cm x 17.8 cm) Dome Top Smoker
DC-687 1  $2.95  $2.95 Oil for Beetle Blaster pint (473.12 ml)
CL-605 1  $9.95  $9.95 Medium Economy Leather Gloves
FR-911 1 $10.90 $10.90 6 1/4" (15.88 cm) Unassembled Select Frames - WedgedTop; GrooveBottom - Case of 10

SubTotal: $188.65
Shipping: Free
SalesTax: $13.93 
   TOTAL: $202.58

Ultra Breeze Suits LLC
$163.00 Ultra Breeze® Ventilated Beekeeping Jacket

   TOTAL: $163.00

Power Tools and Accessories

Harbor Freight
Item#  Price Product
95275 $40.00 Pancake Air Compressor, Oilless 1/3 Horsepower, 3 Gallon, 100 PSI
68019 $15.00 18 Gauge 2-In-1 Nailer/Stapler

   TOTAL: $200.00

Grand Total


And, it keeps growing...

Beeginner’s Column: "How to convince your landlord to host hives?"

A shorter version of my blog post "How to convince your landlord to host hives?" is published in the Newsletter of the Beekeepers' Guild Of San Mateo County as Beeginner’s Column:

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Serge's "Colony Propagation for Backyard Beekeepers" Class

I attended Serge Labesque's Colony Propagation for Backyard Beekeepers class on  Saturday March 2nd. It was an all-day theoretical course, which wasn't mainly for a beginner beekeeper like me. But, I enjoyed it and learnt a lot.

Serge covered variety of issues:

  • Evaluating, selecting and managing colonies for reproduction.
  • Practical methods of propagation, such as making splits, and Serge's version of queen rearing method that does not use grafting.
  • How to follow up the splits.
  • How to keep records for hive inspections.

Nickie Irvine has organized this event as part of The Bee Selective: Home-Grown Bees group activity. Nickie explains it very well:
"A group of us has been developing a program within the Bee Naturals and the San Mateo Guild to develop strong local queens in our apiaries by selecting our strongest hives and learning to reproduce those colonies using splits and other easy methods for queen reproduction. We look forward to being more self-sufficient in our apiaries. We have decided on the following name for our group: The Bee Selective: Home-Grown Bees."
Many thanks to Serge and our gracious host Nickie...

Here are some pictures from the class.