A beehive starter kit typically includes everything you need to get started with beekeeping, except for the bees themselves. The most important item in it is the beehive itself, which provides a home for the bees. Other items in a beehive starter kit may include a bee brush, bee smoker, bee feeder, hive tools and sometimes they include gloves and a veil.
Different Sizes and Materials
Beehive starter kits are available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your needs. Most beehive starter kits are made of wood, but plastic and metal kits are also available.
When choosing a beehive starter kit, be sure to select one that is the right size for your needs and that includes all the necessary items.
Kits can be purchased online or at local beekeeping supply stores. The average kit costs between $120 and $200.
The most popular type of beehive is the Langstroth beehive. Langstroth beehives typically have 10 frames. A beehive can house up to 60,000 bees.
Bees are attracted to flowers that are blue, purple, or yellow. Bees pollinate about 80% of the world’s crops.
Types of Bees In A Beehive
There are three types of bees in a beehive: the queen bee, the worker bee, and the drone. The queen bee is the only bee in a beehive that can lay eggs.
The beekeeping starter kits shown below can be a quick and convenient way to get everything you need to start beekeeping – everything, that is, except for the bees.
Will You Save Money?
Be aware that buying everything you need in one single purchase might not save you money.
You might even spend a bit more than if you shopped individually for each item – buying one thing here, and another thing there.
But you can sure save some time and trouble this way!
Use Same Supplier
One other thing that you should know: If you do buy your beehive components separately, instead of in a kit, I’d advise that you buy all your beehive components from one retailer.
There often are slight variations of dimensions among manufacturers of beekeeping equipment.
So if you buy a hive body from one supplier, for example, and the frames from another, the fit between the components might not be the greatest.
Some Require Assembly
Some of the kits in the links below require assembly. If you’re comfortable building a bee hive yourself, you can save a fair amount of money over buying a pre-built hive.
Even if you’re not terribly handy with tools, it’s really easy. And you can find an illustrated, step-by-step guide on my ‘build a bee hive’ page.
But if you prefer not to bother, pre-built and painted bee hive starter kits are available. And one thing’s for sure: That’s about as convenient as it gets!