All that sweet, gooey goodness produced by bees from the nectar of plants and flowers. Whether buzzing in their hives or foraging for nectar in wide-open fields, honeybees are a critical component of today’s agricultural market.
And who knows more about today’s Ag market and beekeeping than Nasco?
Reading and Research are great places to start. Homegrown Honey Bees: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping Your First Year, from Hiving to Honey Harvest (C34129N) is a great place to start gathering essential information to see you through the first year, from inspecting the hive to avoiding stings. 160 pages. Homemade Living: Keeping Bees (All You Need to Know to Tend Hives, Harvest Honey & More) (C33755N) has the lowdown on key issues such as space and time considerations; local ordinances; and the basics of acquiring, housing, maintaining, and caring for bees year round. 136 pages. And, of course, who can resist Beekeeping for Dummies 2nd Edition (C26955N), 392 pages of detailed and easy-to-follow guidelines for all phases of honey production, including complete instructions for building and maintaining beehives?
Now that you have decided to follow your passion, Nasco carries plenty of equipment for all your beekeeping needs. Our Little Giant® Woodenware Beehive 10-Frame Beginner Hive Kit (C33708N), made from untreated pine, enables both beginning and established beekeepers to expand their hobby or business. It’s specially designed features include a 10-frame Langstroth hive with frames and foundation installed, gloves, veil, smoker, and more. The Little Giant® Woodenware 10-Frame Complete Beehive (C33707N) includes a telescoping outer cover with protective metal layer, vented inner cover 10-frame deep hive body, screened bottom board, mite grid, and more.
We also carry replacement parts for your bee’s home, including a Replacement Outer Cover (C34130N), Screened Bottom Board (C34132N), Inner Cover (C34131N), Beehive Frame Feeder (C33732N), a Plastic Queen Excluder (C33725N) that prevents the queen from producing brood in the honey supers, and Replacement Frames (C33697N, Deep Hive Frame, or C33724N, Medium Hive Frame).
Next comes Bee Maintenance 101. Honey B Healthy Feeding Supplement for Bees (C34135N) is used in winter and spring to stimulate the immune system of the bee (100% natural!), Bee-Pro® Pollen Substitute Powder (C34137N) provides bees with the best nutrients for the production of larval food, and Mite Away Quick Strips (C34136N) are used for the treatment and control of Varroosis caused by the Varroa destruction in honeybees. The Beehive Entrance Feeder (C33698N) allows space for bees to come and go while nourishing them with simple syrup when natural food sources are scarce. The Beehive Hole Plug (C33709N) aids in ventilation and provides an entrance for bees when snow banks grow. And a Bee Hive Smoker (C33727N) will help calm your bees when working on your hives.
Our Beekeeping Brush (C33693N) gently removes bees from the frames both during inspection of hives and during removal of frames for honey extraction. The Hive Tool (C33717N) is a versatile multi-tasker complete with scraping edge, nail-pulling hole, and an angled end that is designed specifically to fit on a hive frame and pull it loose.
Extracting the honey is a breeze with Nasco beekeeping products. The Plastic 2-Frame Extractor (C33700N) includes honey gate and cover. Our Stainless Steel 2-Frame Extractor (C33701N) provides the simplicity of a hand-crank extractor with the superior quality of an 18/10 stainless steel material.
And don’t forget your own safety. Nasco carries Deluxe Beekeeping Jackets & Veils (C33719N and more); Beekeeping Veils with Built-In Hat (C33718N), Beekeeping Tyvek® Coveralls (C33729N and more), and Beekeeping Gloves (C33703N and more).
Bee sure to check out eNasco.com for more beekeeping supplies and honey containers. (And yes, Bee is the pun of the day!) You can also stop by the National Honey Board at http://www.honey.com/ and check out the latest in beekeeping, recipes, and, of course, honey.