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  1. Belfast beekeepers Association 14th Nov. 2011

  2. Who is here? • Preliminary Course 2012 • Preliminary Course 2011 • 2nd - 3rd year beekeepers • Please speak to some of us at the end, there are many people here who will help and give {loads of} advice

  3. Sources of Equipment • Alan Jones – local Thornes agent • Philip Earle – wax and acetic acid • Thornes - http://www.thorne.co.uk/ • http://fragile-planet.co.uk/ • http://www.peak-hives.co.uk/ • http://www.parkbeekeeping.com/ • Maisemore Apiaries http://www.bees-online.co.uk/

  4. Other Sources • Ebay – beware but some are very good • Email me and I will try to find out if someone has used them • Omlet • http://www.paynesbeefarm.co.uk/ • http://www.ridgeway-online.com/ • http://belfastbees.wordpress.com/general-information/glassware/

  5. 2012 Preliminary Course • Minimum – nothing just turn up • Next level – practical course • Gloves: leather, marigolds, blue nitrile • Veil or half jacket and veil • Ebay a great source for these • £50 budget • I want to keep bees – see next slide

  6. 2012 – Ready for bees • Make sure you have a site. Speak to some of us for advice • You will need • A hive: floor, brood, queen excluder, super{s}, frames, wax, crown board, roof • Gloves and jacket/veil • Hive tool • Smoker • Plus: brush, feeder, smoker material

  7. 2012 – Ready for bees • Thornes catalog has a bewildering range • Look for “Bees on a Budget” • 3 major options {and some minor} • The hive: 2 supers all the frames • The hive and starter kit: jacket, gloves, hive tool, feeder, mouse guard • Option 2 plus honey extraction starter kit

  8. 2012 – Ready for bees • Prices: • £117 • £167 • £250 • Plus VAT and P&P – N.I. supplement

  9. 2012 – Ready for bees • Don’t need: • Extraction kit – get some buckets from fragile planet and borrow the association extractor • Most things that sound expensive • Do need: • Spare kit: brood, super, frames, crown board • A Nuc.

  10. 2011 Increasing Colonies • Easy option – buy more “Bees on a Budget” hives • Thornes Sale

  11. 2011 Increasing Colonies • Thornes Sale starts next week • Mostly BS kit - some other options? • Popular items sell out – should have a few days but!!! • Very busy – up to 2 months delivery • Non sale items may come separately • > £100 postage is free – group up tonight

  12. 2011 Increasing Colonies • Key items {2010 prices}: • Brood £16 • Super £12 • Frames x 50 DN1, DN4, SN1, SN4 £28 • Frames x 50 Manley £32 • Crown £7 • Economy floor £12 • Roof £16 • Plus VAT

  13. Small Items • Don’t forget its a good time to buy small items like: • Frame pins • Plastic queen excluders • frame ends/spacers • Spare hive tool

  14. 2011 Increasing Colonies • Thornes also sponsor Greenmount conference: • Friday after lunch, seconds available but sell out within an hour or two • Pre order first quality or main catalog items – no postage.

  15. Winter Work • Assemble new hive – flat pack: £50 assembly charge • Thorne’s instructions are ok • Floor and roof - simplest • Brood and super – dry assemble and check, bottom bee space • Partial assembly of frames