If you’re looking to get started in beekeeping this is a great way to begin! Everything you will need when your bees arrive. This kit is fully assembled and includes gloves a hat and veil (additional heavy clothing is recommended for added protection), hive tool, smoker, the booklet “Beekeeping Essentials” and all of the wooden ware found in our Complete Hive kit.
This hive kit is great for starting a new colony, making a split or hiving a swarm. Our bottom board landing area and open grain is sealed with bees wax and the hive body joints are sealed with Tung Oil for great weather proofing of your hive! This hive kit includes
This is a great addition to your hive for that honey crop. Kit includes Two select medium supers (6-5/8")Twenty select wood frames and Rite Cell waxed foundationOne metal Queen excluderOne bee brush
This tool kit has every thing you need to upgrade your lost or damaged equipment.
Try our natural lip balm for yourself and see. Made with our very own honey and beeswax for a soothing and healing balm.
Try our organic hand made soap for an all natural experience and a truly clean feeling!
Need bees for your hive? Dana bee farm is partnered with Combs Bee Farm here in Ohio. You can order your 3 pound packaged bees shipped or picked up at Combs Bee Farm
Nucleus colony's are available here at dana bee farm for pickup only call Sherrie at 606.584.8378
What’s happening inside the Hive?
The bees keep their winter cluster intact, except on the occasional sunny days in the 50’s and above when the bees can fly. The queen begins to lay eggs, and brood rearing begins in the largest, healthiest hives. Cold weather will not hurt the bees if they are ready for it — with a good cluster size, plenty of stored honey, and the mites and nosema disease under control. This is not too surprising, since hives are well adapted to overwinter successfully in northern Canada. Bee hive cluster temperatures have been measured above 80o or 90 o on snowy January days.
Outside the hive
This is the time for constructing, painting, and repairing equipment. Most of the new catalogs from the beekeeping supply companies will be available in January. Your goal should be to have the bees and the equipment ready by mid-April. Old, dark comb should be removed from frames in storage. If you are buying queens or package bees this year, order by January. By February or March, many of the producers will be booked solid and not able to promise your shipment of bees before May. The availability of queens and packages depends partly on winter weather in the southern states where they are produced. A relatively cold winter will delay their production of bees. There will be a few days in these months above 60o. If possible, take a few minutes to look at your hives. If no bees are flying from a hive, you probably have lost it or it’s very weak and could die soon. Open it and take a look. When examining a hive in late winter, you will be concerned with several things. Are there signs of serious tracheal mite infestation? It’s normal for a few dead bees to be carried out of the hive on warm winter days. But if many bees are crawling and clustered on the ground in front of the hive, suspect tracheal mites. They will be unable to fly and a few may have “Kwing” (wings sticking out at an odd angle). Does a cluster of bees nearly as large as last fall remain? How many honey frames are left? The bees should still have several frames with honey they stored last year. You may add honey frames from other hives that have more honey, if necessary. But do not break the cluster of bees by placing frames of honey inside of it. The bees will need to maintain their cluster through the remaining cold weather of late winter and early spring.
Observations and Ideas
Take a look at the maple trees through the month of February. The maple flowers are a drab, dark red and bees collect yellow pollen from them. This is an indication of the first availability of food for the bees, and that the end of winter is coming.
Varroa mites are currently the greatest threat to beekeepers and their colonies, and infested colonies will probably perish if action is not taken to control mite levels. Thus, they are a significant threat to a beekeeper's colony.
Honeybees have been on the decline for many years. As you know, our environment depends a great deal on the honeybee. Beekeepers do a great service for our honeybees and our environment. You can do a great service for your health and your environment.
Beekeeper, Dana J. Heller
Our Honey is removed from the honey comb and bottled, that is it! No processing, no heating just pure raw honey. Just right for your table.
Same great wildflower honey but with a twist. My wildflower honey is aged in bourbon barrels for a hint of Bourbon flavor. Bring your coffee or tea up to a new level!
My name is Dana Joe Heller.
My Wife Sherrie and I are beekeepers. We manage our beehives in Kentucky. We love beekeeping and love helping others in the beekeeping adventure. We know people are interested in beekeeping to help our environment, help out the honeybees and to harvest all of the rewards of beekeeping.
We offer Beekeeping Supplies and tools for the new and experienced beekeepers. Our beehives are made and assembled right here at Dana Bee Farm U.S.A right across the Ohio River from our apiary in Mays Lick Kentucky.
Our customer service is always number one.
We will only sell top quality supplies. All my beehives are guaranteed. Feel free to call us with any question or concerns.
Ask for My Wife Sherrie at 606-584-8378
We love our customers, so feel free to visit.
1725 Friendship Rd, Aberdeen, OH 45101
Got a question? Call Sherrie (606) 584-8378
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