If you are thinking of buying secondhand hives of bees, we suggest you check the state of the frames and combs before you buy. The pictures show incorrect size frames, a frame with a damaged lug, a broken frame spacer and distorted comb. Manky old combs like these could be harbouring diseases. Beekeeping is much easier if you use good equipment. Pictures by Barry Griffiths.
A few questions to ask before buying….
- Why are the bees for sale?
- Have they been inspected by the Seasonal Bee Inspector?
- Where are they coming from? Our part of north Wales has a very healthy population of honeybees. We want to keep it that way. Only buy locally raised bees.