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...

Bees

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

BeeKind
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

Equipments

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.
Qty DESCRIPTION
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
ITEM# QTY TOTAL DESCRIPTION
  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

$2000.00

And, it keeps growing...

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