Barkman Honey

Resources for Future Beekeepers

Interested in becoming a beekeeper, whether as a career or a hobby? Here are helpful hints on becoming a successful beekeeper:

Keep bees where there is an abundance of flowers in different varieties all season. If that’s not possible, provide supplemental feedings.

Start a hive in a warm, dry place.

Suppress and treat varroa mites if necessary.

Avoid synthetic miticides and pesticides.

Timeline for Beekeeping


Selecting an Apiary Site

There are four things that you should take into consideration when deciding on placement for your bees:

  • Sunlight
  • Water
  • Wind
  • Protection

Materials for Beekeeping

Non-Bee Related Materials: Hammer, wood glue, wood square, ratcheting straps, paint, painting tools, spray bottles.

Basic Parts of the Hive: Covers, inner cover, honey supers, queen excluders, brood boxes, bottom board, entrance reducers, hive stands, frames, foundations, nails, feeders.

Tools used in Beekeeping: Hive tool, bee brush, smokers, helmet, veils, gloves, suits, frame rests.

Extracting Equipment: Extractor, uncapping device, uncapping tank, filtering/straining equipment, containers.