FORUM & ACTIVITY: Hive Equipment Checklist, Sources and Budget

Download the list of recommended equipment below. You may not need everything on this list, and you definitely don't need to buy it all new! Talk to other beekeepers in your area and scan your local second-hand listserves (Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, farmer or beekeeper-focused Facebook groups, beekeeping clubs, rural "Shopper" type weekly papers).

Using what you learn from these sources, and the beekeeping suppliers listed below, start to put together a budget for your apiary. What questions do you have as you go about this process?

Sources for New Beekeeping Equipment

This list is not meant to be comprehensive. Check your local area to see if there are businesses you could be supporting, especially when sourcing packages or nucs of bees.


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Quality Beekeeping Supplies l Dadant & Sons 1863

Dadant honey extractors and storage tanks are made in America by Dadant. We have hand powered extractors that hold as few as 2 frames, and electric powered extractors that hold up to 84 frames. Our honey extractors are the best built extractors on the market, an investment that will last you a lifetime.

Draper's Super Bee Apiaries, Inc. Your source for Honey, Pollen, Propolis, Royal Jelly, Beeswax, Bee Supplies, Observation Hives, Bees and more!

In stock you will find a wide variety of honey from which to select: Clover, Alfalfa, Basswood, Buckwheat, Goldenrod, Orange Blossom, Tulip Poplar, Tupelo, Wildflower, and North Carolina - Sourwood Honey. Other items: Beeswax blocks and Candles, Maple Syrup, Honey Apple Butter, Honey Mustard, Hon

Hudson Valley Bee Supply

classes and workshops beekeeping supplies queens, nucs, package bees local honey, candles, soaps

Beekeeping Supplies & Protective Gear | Mann Lake Ltd.

Mann Lake Ltd. sells beekeeping supplies, bee hive kits and components, protective clothing, queen rearing equipment, beekeeping tools, as well as honey extraction equipment and honey bottling supplies to professional beekeepers and beginning beekeeping hobbyists.