How to Play Beekeeper

by Alison Rosenthal

Supplies

  • 1 experienced bee keeper
  • Bee boxes
  • Trays
  • A hive
  • A queen (comes w the hive)
  • Bee suite
  • Smoker
  • Wedge tool
  • 2x4, 2x6
  • Wood screws
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Order your bee boxes. Manlake.com is where I got mine

    Step 2

    Build your bee boxes and the 10 trees that slide in with a hammer and a nail

    Step 3

    Put on your bee suit

    Step 4

    Put on your gloves and your best kicks (actually, ideally wear boots)

    Step 5

    Don't let the bees out until you are suited up. Think about the bees flight path with your bee keeping mentor (an experienced bee keeper who is going to help you keep bees)

    Step 6

    Start to look for the queen

    Step 7

    Carefully remove the top cover. Don't smash any worker bees or drones if possible

    Step 8

    Amazing!

    Step 9

    Look for the queen carefully. You lose her, youose the hive

    Step 10

    Gently pry open the slats. You may need to carefully cut crosscomb (comb connected between the trays) to free up the slat for removal and inspection

    Step 11

    Step 12

    Carefully withdraw the slat

    Step 13

    Look for the queen

    Step 14

    Carefully cutting crosscomb

    Step 15

    Queen! Where are you!?

    Step 16

    Use a mentor!

    Step 17

    Step 18

    Found her!

    Step 19

    She is golden brown, doesn't have stripes and has a larger body. See if you can spot her.

    Step 20

    See her now?

    Step 21

    Step 22

    Add your new bee box to the top of the one carrying the queen and her hive. These first two boxes are for the bees. Add boxes as they build out the comb. You can harvest anything north of the bottom 2

    Step 23

    Eat the honeycomb!

    Step 24

    Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

    Step 25

    Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

    Step 26

    Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

    Step 27

    Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

    Step 28

    Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

    Step 29

    Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

    Step 30

    Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

    Step 31

    Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

    Step 32

    Buzz some 2x6

    Step 33

    Make a nice stand that is wide enough for two boxes

    Step 34

    Smear petroleum jelly on the bottom of the legs of the stand to prevent ants from crawling up to the hive and stealing the honey!

    Step 35

    Wear your bee suit!!

    Step 36

    Ta dah!!! Remember: don't move the hive any more than 2' at any one time, else it must be moved a minimum of 2 miles. The little bees must reset their GPSs and Google Maps they are not!