Apart from Hives of bees, the well dressed beekeeper needs several pieces of equipment for successful beekeeping.... As the picture below illustrates.
What is in the box....
A mixture of scrapers, wire brushes and hive tools are there to prise open the boxes and gummed-up frames. (The bees gum up all gaps in sight with resin... (Propolis)....
The Most important tool is the hive tool itelf. It has a sharpened end for prising open the boxes and a curved end to lift out the frames
Other tools in the box include, matchboxes, queen marking cages, bee escapes, secateurs, a record book (vital piece of equipment). Indeed we need to pack anything we can think of into the box as once in a hive of angry bees there is no going back for anything forgotten.....
Here we see some "porter escapes". they are placed in cutouts on the hive roof boards They are useful addtions to the tool box as when placed on a hive they only allow bees one way (down through the hole) so can be used to empty them frome hive boxes.
Here is a queen capture cage in its tin box. The queen can be caged in. It is often used for marking her
It is not just a box of tools that we need to take with us..... We need "smokers"
Smokers are used to "calm the bees". Don't ask me how it works but it does. One theory is that the smoke simulates a forest fire. The bees panic and start eating the honey in preparation for evacuating the hive and thus they are less likely to sting when disturbed. Anyway, it seems to work and calms the bees down. Don't overdo it though, imagine all those poor bees coughing with smoke in their eyes! How does ht work?A "smoker" is basically a canister with a funnel-tube on the top and bellows to puff smoke at the bees in the hive, the canister is filled with dry material such as cardboard, dry grass etc. to "fuel" it.
And finally, what about us! A pair of strong, thick leather gauntlets protect us against stings
and our bodies are also totally covered - there must be NO gaps! Angry bees can sneek through the tiniest hole, and sting! Our heads and faces are protected by a hat with a mesh veil which allows us to see but not stung!
This does not always work however!
Kitted-up and ready for action!