Helpful Hint - order your equipment and hives at least 3-4 weeks before you expect your bees to arrive. Picking up at our store in Fairmount, Il? Call us to place your order and be scheduled for a pick up date and time.
Our Hobby Starter KIT is a starter kit. This is the least expensive way to get started. You will need to add more boxes or additional items to this hive as it grows, but you can purchase this kit to get started without paying for the full hive at one time. Buy other boxes as you need them. This hive kit comes assembled with a screen bottom board, a deep hive body with 10 assembled wooden frames and foundation, top cover, 2 entrance reducers, a cloth hat/veil combo, a smoker, entrance feeder and a hive tool. Boxes are rabbet joint corners and the hive is assembled and painted. Quality craftsmanship, these workhorses will last for years to come. Made in the USA! Bees are not included.
OUR HIVE STORY: When we first started making hives at LONG LANE HONEY BEE FARMS around 2006, it was just our family. We would cut the boards, build the hives, and paint them. Our three youngest children helped us, and sometimes we would sit for hours in our workshop with the wood burner going, a pot of soup on top of it, and just build and paint for hours at a time. The years have passed, and the children are grown, and so we found an Amish beekeeping family who helps us now. Built by cabinet makers by trade, these hives are high quality, with wood manufactured and milled here in the US, built by master craftsmen, right here in Illinois. The entire process is overseen by David and Sheri. These hives are workhorses and will outlast your lifetime.
Everyone tells us these are the best quality hives, and we have many repeat customers. Yes, you may be able buy it cheaper somewhere else--but ask yourself this first: 1. Do I have to assemble it myself? 2. Do I have the added cost of buying a gallon of paint and then painting it too? 3. Does it come with the frames and foundation I need? 3. Is it high quality or will it fall apart or buckle in a year? 4. Will I get customer service from this place for my beekeeping equipment and beekeeping questions & issues?
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