looking for Langstroth hive

  • 06 Jan 2020 5:15 PM
    Message # 8498324

    Hi all, my 13 year old daughter attended the beginners bee school in October and is inspired to start a hive. She is looking for a Langstroth hive with two boxes and a queen excluder to start out. Any suggestions for a local setup?

  • 25 Jan 2020 1:12 PM
    Reply # 8680862 on 8498324

    Hey Shawn, if you don't have any boxes yet I would suggest ordering 8 frame brood boxes. The 8 frame boxes are still heavy when full of bees and honey but they are lighter than 10 frame boxes and my guess is that you will be helping a bit as even the 8 frame boxes may be to heavy for a 13 year old to heft once full. For early in the season Full/Deep box will be fine. Start with just one deep super when you get your hives/Nuc/Box-o-bees but plan now on needing to add 1 additional fulll/deep super a few weeks after the bees arrive and then 1 or 2 (if you are lucky in the first year) shorter honey supers later in the season. Also you will need to order frames with foundation (8 per box), an inner cover, a telescoping hive cover, smoker, 2 hive tools because you will lose one, an entrance reducer. Buy a couple of cider blocks to get the hive off the ground. Also a jacket and/or Veil and gloves will be needed if you dont already have them. I would also suggest at least one book, a very good one for general info is "The Beekeepers Handbook" by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile. All of this stuff can be ordered online.

    I personally would order a Nuc as it comes with 3-4 frames of honey (food) and some brood already developing over a "box-o-Bees" which just gets you a Queen and a box-o bees with no food or brood to help them get started. Plan on getting your order for Bees in sometime in early February as the suppliers sell out. You will be receiving your bees around early April and you must have all of your other stuff set up and ready to go BEFORE they arrive.

    Another option is to order all short/honey supers (8 frame) as some do, this makes each box easier to move around but more frames and total boxes to deal with. Most people around central Oregon that I have seen have 1 or 2 full deep boxes with 1 or 2 shorter honey supers which get added as the season moves along and your girls need more space for honey. Or, theres a top bar hive which decreases the lifting, theres a nice one back near the Hop Shed at Worthey Brewing in Bend if you want to have a look at one of those.

    Last modified: 25 Jan 2020 1:19 PM | Richard Turner
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