Standard Langstroth Hives are quality made from either local or imported pine. The Hives are sold fully assembled either untreated or at extra cost can be purchased treated and sun dried with Waksol. Joints are particularly strengthened and the finished product is sanded with no rough edges.
The complete Beehive consists of Floor Board, Entry / Exit Bee Entrance,
Brood Chamber, 10 Brood Frames (assembled and wired), Super, 10 Super Frames (assembled and wired), Inner Cover, and Telescopic Lid with Aluminium Sheet.
Treatment of Beehive Equipment
Beehives made of standard pine should be able to withstand many years of outdoor use. They must be protected from the elements. Generally there are four methods of protecting your beehive equipment.
Quality frames ready assembled and wired. Unassembled frames can also be purchased to be made up by the ardent midnight woodworking enthusiast.
- Paint two coats of Wood Primer and two coats of Acrylic Roof Paint. All coats must be dry before applying next coat. Only paint exterior of hive.
- Paint two coats of Wood Primer and two coats (Silver) Aluminium Paint. Apply as above.
- Soak full hive, exterior and interior, in heated Creosote and sun dry for up to three months. This method is known to preserve beehives for many, many years but some critics question the possible carcinogenic impact of creosote on foodstuffs. Bees however seem to have no problem living in fully treated dried creosote hives.
- Paint two coats of Waksol cold (no Primer). Allow first coat to sun dry for +/- two days and apply second coat. Waksol penetrates the timber but still allows the wood to breathe and has excellent waterproofing properties. Only treat exterior of hive and leave bee area natural wood. Bees have no problem with this product.
Frames are not waxed but wax welding can be arranged for small consignments. This is done using pure beeswax mixed with propolis tincture for added flavour and bee attraction. Strips are tap welded into frame groves for added strength and to prevent sun warping. -
Full protective clothing is recommended to ensure comfortable working with our generally over active and excitable bees. Overalls should be chunky and comfortably fitting. We sell quality manufactured Bee Veils in Poncho style. Experience has shown that the Poncho style is more comfortable and less prone to penetrative excursions by persistent inquisitorial bees. The Veils come in either stiff neck or soft neck gauze. All Veils are detachable from the jacket base for washing purposes.
We sell Pigskin Gloves as these are generally found to be more user-friendly when handling frames and standard hive work. They also become more soft and pliable as they accustom themselves to the user’s hand. They can also be gently washed. Their use encourages the ham fisted beekeeper to learn to handle his bees more gently and patiently. For more messy beekeeping work we also stock the red PVC gloves and Cotton Inner Gloves to absorb sweaty palms.
For ultimate protection of ankles (Hey! do bees love ankles!) and prevention of bees climbing up inside your trouser leg when working on them we stock Ankle Gaiters for the perfect peace of mind. BEEQUIPMENT
now stocks imported items for the practical beekeeping enthusiast. These include Hive Tools
, both the standard Yellow
model and the very practical galvanized flat hive tool with hook
for levering those difficult frames out of the brood chambers and supers. We also stock the very useful Frame Grip
to hold the frames whilst you prize them out of their rigid propolized spaces. Standard quality Smokers
are also available.For extracting equipment see our range of items which include the quality Stainless Steel Double Honey Filter, Stainless Steel Uncapping Forks
and Uncapping Knives
. We also stock Honey Gates
for fitment to Honey Tanks
or Honey Buckets
Product of South Africa
HONEYBEES like all animals may from time to time suffer from scarcity of food. The HONEYBEES' main source of food is Nectar from flora which provides the carbohydrate sustenance necessary for energy and sustainability and Pollen which provides the protein for growth and development, especially for brood and young bees.
BEEQUIPMENT SOUTH AFRICA, in conjunction with a renowned and respectable Food Nutritional Manufacturer in Johannesburg, South Africa, has developed two products to be used exclusively for the beekeeping sector to act as nutritional substitutes as Nectar Feed and Protein Feed.
These products have been developed for the African Bee and widely tested on honeybees in an open apiary.
BOOSTER BEE: Nectar Feed
A Nectar Substitute for feeding bees in times of nectar scarcity and as a winter feed. Ideal for establishing trek swarms and weak colonies following bee removals. Also a boost feed for bees prior to start of natural nectar flow periods. This product is not intended as a permanent feed for bees as they will prefer natural nectar sources from flora when available. For Stimulant Feeding: Mix 50:50 ratio of Powder with boiling water to dissolve completely. For Sustained Feeding: Mix 60:40 ratio of Powder with boiling water and dissolve completely. Allow syrup to cool to cold state after dissolving before feeding to bees.
A practical method of feeding the Nectar Feed to a new colony or trek swarm.
A Plastic Entrance Feeder
| || |
Plastic internal feeders with two compartments for nectar feed and pollen substitute.
BOOSTER BEE: Protein Feed
A Pollen Substitute for feeding bees in times of pollen scarcity, winter feed and during extended cold or wet weather conditions. Also a boost feed for bees prior to start of natural honey flow periods. This product is not intended as a permanent feed for bees as they will prefer natural organic pollen from flora when available. This product should be fed in dry powder form in large container placed close to apiary site. Do not allow to be become damp or moist.
STORE THESE PRODUCTS IN COOL DRY CONDITIONS
Sole Distributor: BEEQUIPMENT SOUTH AFRICA