Pictures - Beekeeping Tools

Bee Brush

Bee Brush

This soft bristle brush is used to manipulate bees when opening the hive, either to brush them off the frames, or move them when trying to return a super on to the hive or place the outer cover.

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Frame grip

Frame grip

The frame grip is used to grab hold of, and extract the frames - shallow, medium or deep - from the hive body or supers.

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Frame lifter

Frame lifter

A simple tool, the frame lifter uses a beveled edge to slide between the bottom board and super, or between supers to allow lifting them as they become tightly "cemented" to one another by the propolis or bee glue used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive. It is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. The crooked end allows reaching down and drawing a frame upward from the super.

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Hive tool

Hive tool

Like the frame lifter, the hive tool has beveled ends to pry frames apart or to lift the supers from one another. It has a curved end that enables it to be use as a lever when trying to pry supers apart that have been strengthened with propolis.

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Entrance Feeder

Entrance Feeder

The entrance feeder can be purchased in several forms. In this case, the yellow plastic chamber is about 6" tall and sits on a bottom piece that slides into the 3/4" entrance of a hive. When the entrance feeder is in place, the entrance reducer doesn't need to be utilized. The bottom is fashioned so as to allow feeding of sugar water.

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Entrance Feeder (glass jar type)

Entrance Feeder (glass jar type)

The entrance feeder can be purchased in several forms. In this case, a standard quart mason jar sits on a bottom piece that slides into the 3/4" entrance of a hive. When the entrance feeder is in place, the entrance reducer doesn't need to be utilized. The bottom is fashioned so as to allow feeding of sugar water.

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Mouse excluder

Mouse excluder

This expandable metal mouse excluder is placed in the entry of a hive to enable bees to enter via the holes but prevents mouse invasion of the hive to rob the honeycombs.

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Smoker

Smoker

Typical smoker for beekeeping which produces long lasting smoke to calm bees when tending to the hive.

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Smoker fuel

Smoker fuel

Smoker fuel made of clean, raw, short cotton 100% pure compressed cotton fibers...the fuel burns down from the top of a plug placed in the smoker.

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Frame Perch with Frame

Frame Perch with Frame

The frame perch is used when tending to the hive...it hangs off of the hive body, or super, and enables the beekeeper to temporarily hang up to four frames while inspecting other frames within the super.

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Beekeepers Veil

Beekeepers Veil

The veil used by beekeepers to protect themselves when opening/servicing the hive can be a separate veil, or one that is attached with a zipper to protective bee clothing.

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Protective gloves

Protective gloves

Essential worker protection from bee stings while tending the hive although some experienced beekeepers work without protective gloves.

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