Gretchen Bee Ranch
Bee Hive Gear
   
 

Our top-quality wooden equipment helps you provide a good home for your bees. Our top-quality tools help you keep them healthy and productive. The bottom line for you is more beekeeping success with less beekeeper frustration. We encourage you to visit our physical shop in Seguin, as we add more items weekly. We also have experienced beekeepers on hand and ready to answer your beekeeping questions. Come for the equipment. Stay awhile for friendship and conversation.

We will ship the items listed here unless otherwise noted.

Hive Gear Quick Links

 - Hive Bodies & Honey Supers
 - Other Hive Components
      -
Hive Covers
      -
Bottom Boards & Hive Stand
      -
Queen Excluders
      -
Pollen Traps & Propolis Trap
 - Frames & Foundation
      -
Assembled Frames with Foundation
      -
Unassembled Frames
      -
Foundation
      -
Tools for Frames & Foundation
 -
Tools for the Hive

  
 
  We offer both ten-frame and eight frame hive boxes and honey supers Ten-frame hive body outside dimensions are
16 ¼” x 19 7/8” x 9 5/8".  Eight-frame hive body outside dimensions are 14” x 19 7/8” x 9 5/8".
All of our wooden boxes are made with white pine for durability and lighter weight. Finger joints provide strength and
precise dimensions respect bee space. Our wooden boxes may have tight, solid knots, small pitch pockets and
other minor imperfections that do not take away from its integrity or strength. We recommend painting the wooden boxes
with a high quality exterior primer and latex finish coat to extend their life. We paint our boxes a lighter color to help reflect
the Texas heat.

 


Eight or Ten Frame Hive Body,
Unassembled

 - Deep Hive Body (9 5/8")
 - White pine for durability and lighter weight
 - Finger joints
 - Hand holds for a better grip when lifting

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $16.50 each ( 1-5 ordered)
Price: $15.50 each ( 6-30 ordered)
Price: $14.50 each ( 31+ ordered)
  
 

Eight or Ten Frame Hive Body,
Assembled

 - Deep Hive Body (9 5/8")
 - White pine for durability and lighter weight
 - Finger joints
 - Hand holds for a better grip when lifting

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $21.50 Assembled & Unpainted
  
 

Eight or Ten Frame Hive Body,
Assembled, Painted

 - Deep Hive Body (9 5/8")
 - White pine for durability and lighter weight
 - Finger joints
 - Hand holds for a better grip when lifting

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $26.50 Assembled & Painted White
  



Eight or Ten Frame Honey Super,
Unassembled

 - White pine for durability and lighter weight
 - Finger joints
 - Hand holds for a better grip when lifting

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $12.50 each ( 1-5 ordered)
Price: $12.25 each ( 6-30 ordered)
Price: $12.00 each ( 31+ ordered)
  
 

Eight or Ten Frame Honey Super,
Assembled

 - White pine for durability and lighter weight
 - Finger joints
 - Hand holds for a better grip when lifting

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $17.50 Assembled & Unpainted
  
 

Eight or Ten Frame Honey Super,
Assembled, Painted

 - White pine for durability and lighter weight
 - Finger joints
 - Hand holds for a better grip when lifting

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $22.50 Assembled & Painted White
  

         


Five-Frame Wooden Nucleus Hive,
Unassembled with Cover & Bottom Board

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $36.00
  
 

Five-Frame Wooden Nucleus Hive,
Assembled with Cover & Bottom Board

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $42.00
  
 

Ross Rounds Comb Honey Super Kit,
Fully Assembled

With this kit you can produce up to 32 beautiful sections of round comb honey. Install the super
on a strong hive during a strong honey flow
and the bees will make honey in the round sections. When the sections are capped,
remove the super from the hive and add the
clear covers and a label. We have found that
the comb honey is highly profitable at a farmers market and in our retail shop.

You will need eight sheets of thin surplus foundation that is sold separately. At harvest
time, you will need acrylic covers that are sold separately.

Note: No shipping – Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $82.00 Assembled and Unpainted
  

         


Thin Surplus Foundation for
Ross Rounds Comb Honey Super Kit

3 7/8” x 16 3/4” thin surplus foundation fits
neatly and easily into the frames of the Ross
Rounds comb honey super. No wires or
special tools are needed.

Price: $9.00 – Pack of Ten Sheets
  
 

Acrylic Covers for
Ross Round Honey Sections

A pair of the acrylic covers are needed to
cover both sides of the Ross Round honey
section. Both of these covers are clear.
 
Price: $50.00 - Case of 50 pair
          (100 individual covers)
  
 
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  We field test our hive components with our own bees to make sure they are good enough for your bees and durable
enough for years of use.
 


Telescoping Cover with Metal Top

The telescoping cover is less likely to blow
off the hive in windy conditions, and seals
the top of the hive to reduce robbing by other bees.

 - Eight or Ten Frame sizes

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $23.00 Unpainted
          $28.00 Painted White
  
 

Notched Inner Cover

The inner cover pairs with the telescoping
cover to improve ventilation and to make the telescoping cover easier to remove.

 - Eight or Ten Frame sizes

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $11.00
  
 

Migratory Cover

The migratory cover offers an affordable alternative to the telescoping cover. Made of
pine, we include a 3/8 inch inner rim to make
the cover easier to remove, and also to give
you space should you want to lay a pollen patty
or a mite treatment across your top bars.

 - Eight or Ten Frame sizes

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $18.00 Assembled & Unpainted
          $23.00 Assembled & Painted White
  



Garden Hive Cover

Made of copper colored anodized aluminum,
a garden hive cover gives an old-world beauty
to your hive. This cover is fully assembled.

 - Eight or Ten Frame sizes

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $69.00 Assembled & Unpainted
  
   
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Screened Bottom Board

A screened bottom board improves ventilation
in the hive, cooling the hive in summer and reducing condensation in winter.

 - Eight or Ten Frame sizes

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $21.00 Assembled & Unpainted
          $24.00 Assembled & Painted White
  
 

Solid Bottom Board

 - Ten Frame size

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $19.00 Assembled & Unpainted
  
 

Lifetime Hive Stand

As hives grow they become heavy, sometimes weighing several hundred pounds. With the Lifetime Hive Stand your bees have a solid foundation that will not rot away or tip over.
Your colony will be elevated to help your bees avoid critters and standing water.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $55.00 Painted Black or Pink
  

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Queen Excluder

Our queen excluders are made of metal,
with a smooth metal outer rim. The queen
excluder keeps the queen (and brood) out
of your honey supers. We use queen
excluders on every hive during the honey
flow and notice no negative impact on honey production.

 - Eight or Ten Frame sizes
 
Price: $9.00
  
 

Entrance Queen Excluder

Our entrance queen excluder is made of
metal with a wooden frame. The entrance
excluder deters swarming and absconding
and is especially helpful with newly hived
rescue colonies. Secure with a ratchet strap
or a small nail to hold the excluder in place.

 - Eight or Ten Frame sizes
 
Price: $7:50
  
 
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Sundance Pollen Trap

We collect pollen to sell and also use it for
our own consumption. It is also good to have
a supply of natural pollen on hand to feed
the bees if you want to encourage build up
of the colony in late winter and early spring.
The Sundance Pollen Trap is by far the best
of several pollen traps that we have tried. We
collect pollen during the spring honey flow
but not during summer and fall. We
recommend emptying the pollen collection
drawer every day or every other day to
prevent mold growth on the pollen.
We immediately freeze our pollen after
collecting.

- Eight or Ten Frame sizes
- Rear or side drawer options

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $75.00
  
 

Propolis Trap

We enjoy collecting propolis in autumn to
use as a tincture and add to our hand made botanical products. Rest the propolis trap on
your top bars and prop up your outer cover
to allow air circulation. This will stimulate the
bees to gather propolis and add it to the trap.
Our propolis trap is designed for ten frame
hives.
 
Price: $7.00
  
 
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  Our assembled and unassembled frames are made with high-quality lumber. The joints in our assembled frames are nailed
and glued for improved durability.

Our rigid plastic foundation is coated with beeswax for ready acceptance by the bees. We also provide pure beeswax foundation, with wire supports or without.. We recommend reinforcing the beeswax foundation with cross wiring.

 


9 1/8" Assembled Frame
with Foundation - Single Frame

These are 9 1/8” assembled frames with
Black Rite-Cell Foundation coated with
beeswax. We find that the black foundation
makes it easier to spot eggs that are laid by
the queen in the bottom of the cell in the brood nest. These frames with foundation are
designed to fit into a deep super that has a standard depth of 9 5/8”.
 
Price: $3.25
  
 

9 1/8" Assembled Frames
with Foundation - 10 Pack

These are 9 1/8” assembled frames with
Black Rite-Cell Foundation coated with
beeswax. We find that the black foundation
makes it easier to spot eggs that are laid by
the queen in the bottom of the cell in the brood nest. These frames with foundation are
designed to fit into a deep super that has a standard depth of 9 5/8”.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $29.00
  
 

9 1/8" Assembled Frames
with Foundation - 20 Pack

These are 9 1/8” assembled frames with
Black Rite-Cell Foundation coated with
beeswax. We find that the black foundation
makes it easier to spot eggs that are laid by
the queen in the bottom of the cell in the brood
nest. These frames with foundation are
designed to fit into a deep super that has a standard depth of 9 5/8”.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $53.00
  



6 1/4" Assembled Frame
with Foundation - Single Frame

6 1/4” assembled frames with Rite-Cell
Foundation coated with beeswax. These
frames with foundation are designed to fit
into a medium super (or honey super) that
has a standard depth of 6 5/8”.

Price: $3.25
  
 

6 1/4" Assembled Frames
with Foundation - 10 Pack

6 1/4” assembled frames with Rite-Cell
Foundation coated with beeswax. These
frames with foundation are designed to fit
into a medium super (or honey super) that
has a standard depth of 6 5/8”

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $29.00
  
 

6 1/4" Assembled Frames
with Foundation - 20 Pack

6 1/4” assembled frames with Rite-Cell
Foundation coated with beeswax. These
frames with foundation are designed to fit
into a medium super (or honey super) that
has a standard depth of 6 5/8”

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $53.00
  

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9 1/8” Unassembled Frames with Grooved
Top Bar and Grooved Bottom Bar with No
Holes in End Bars – 10 Pack

These frames are typically paired with rigid
plastic deep foundation (8 1/2”) that is
coated with beeswax. Nails are not included.

Price: $13.50
  
 

9 1/8” Unassembled Frames with Grooved
Top Bar and Grooved Bottom Bar with No
Holes in End Bars – 100 Pack

These frames are typically paired with rigid
plastic deep foundation (8 1/2”) that is
coated with beeswax. Nails are not included.
 
Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $100.00
  
 

9 1/8” Unassembled Frames with Wedged
Top Bar and Grooved Bottom Bar with Holes
in End Bars – 10 Pack

These frames are typically paired with pure beeswax deep foundation (8 3/8”). Nails are
not included.
 
Price: $13.50
  


9 1/8” Unassembled Frames with Wedged
Top Bar and Grooved Bottom Bar with Holes
in End Bars – 100 Pack

These frames are typically paired with pure beeswax deep foundation (8 3/8”). Nails are
not included.  

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $100.00
  
 

9 1/8” Unassembled Frames with Wedged
Top Bar and Split Bottom Bar with Holes in
End Bars – 10 Pack

These frames are typically paired with pure beeswax deep foundation (8 3/8”). Nails are
not included.
 
Price: $13.50
  
 

9 1/8” Unassembled Frames with Wedged
Top Bar and Split Bottom Bar with Holes in
End Bars – 100 Pack

These frames are typically paired with pure beeswax deep foundation (8 3/8”). Nails are
not included.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $100.00
  

         


6 1/4” Unassembled Frames with Grooved
Top Bar and Grooved Bottom Bar with No
Holes in End Bars – 10 Pack

These frames are typically paired with rigid
plastic medium foundation (5 5/8”) that is
coated with beeswax. Nails are not included.

Price: $13.50
  
 

6 1/4” Unassembled Frames with Grooved
Top Bar and Grooved Bottom Bar with No
Holes in End Bars – 100 Pack

These frames are typically paired with rigid
plastic medium foundation (5 5/8”) that is
coated with beeswax. Nails are not included.
 
Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $92.00
  
 

6 1/4” Unassembled Frames with Wedged
Top Bar and Grooved Bottom Bar with Holes
in End Bars – 10 Pack

These frames are typically paired with pure beeswax medium foundation (5 5/8”). Nails
are not included.
 
Price: $13.50
  

         


6 1/4” Unassembled Frames with Wedged
Top Bar and Grooved Bottom Bar with Holes
in End Bars – 100 Pack

These frames are typically paired with pure beeswax medium foundation (5 5/8”).
Nails are not included.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $92.00
  
 

6 1/4” Unassembled Frames with Wedged
Top Bar and Split Bottom Bar with Holes in
End Bars – 10 Pack

These frames are typically paired with pure beeswax medium foundation (5 5/8”).
Nails are not included.
 
Price: $13.50
  
 

6 1/4” Unassembled Frames with Wedged
Top Bar and Split Bottom Bar with Holes in
End Bars – 100 Pack

These frames are typically paired with pure beeswax medium foundation (5 5/8”).
Nails are not included.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $92.00
  

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  Our rigid plastic foundation is coated with beeswax for ready acceptance by the bees. We also provide pure beeswax
foundation, with wire supports or without.. We recommend reinforcing the beeswax foundation with cross wiring.  Our Rite-Cell
Rigid Plastic Foundation requires no reinforcement, is impervious to wax moth damage and is made of food grade plastic.
 


8 1/2” Wax-Coated Rite-Cell Foundation
Single Sheet – Black

We recommend using this foundation with
a 9 1/8” wood frame with a grooved top
bar and a grooved bottom bar.
 
Price: $2.00
  


8 1/2” Wax-Coated Rite-Cell Foundation
Case of 100 – Black

We recommend using this foundation with
a 9 1/8” wood frame with a grooved top
bar and a grooved bottom bar.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $115.00
  


5 5/8” Wax-Coated Rite-Cell Foundation
Single Sheet – Yellow

We recommend using this foundation with
a 6 1/4” wood frame with a grooved top
bar and a grooved bottom bar.

Price: $1.25
  



5 5/8” Wax-Coated Rite-Cell Foundation
Case of 100 – Yellow
 
We recommend using this foundation with a
6 1/4” wood frame with a grooved top bar
and a grooved bottom bar.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $94.00
  
 

8 1/2” Deep Pure Beeswax Foundation Without Support Wires – 10 Pack

This foundation should be reinforced with
cross wiring. We recommend using this
foundation with a 9 1/8” wood frame with
a wedge top bar and a split bottom bar.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $22.00
  
 

8 3/8” Deep Beeswax Wired Foundation
With Hooks – 10 Pack

We recommend using this foundation with a
9 1/8” frame with a wedge top bar and a split bottom bar. The hooks that extend past the
top of the wax should be placed under the
wedge part of the frame to hold it in place.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $22.00
  

         


8 3/8” Deep Small Cell (4.9 mm) Beeswax
Wired Foundation With Hooks – 10 Pack

We recommend using this foundation with a
9 1/8” frame with a wedge top bar and a split bottom bar. The hooks that extend past the
top of the wax should be placed under the
wedge part of the frame to hold it in place.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $22.00
  
 

5 5/8” Medium Pure Beeswax Foundation
Without Support Wires – 10 Pack

This foundation should be reinforced with
cross wiring. We recommend using this
foundation with a 6 1/4” wood frame with
a wedge top bar and a split bottom bar.
 
Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $22.00
  
 

5 5/8” x 16 7/8” Beeswax Wired Foundation
With Hooks – 10 Pack

We recommend using this foundation with a
6 1/4” frame with a wedge top bar and a split bottom bar. The hooks that extend past the
top of the wax should be placed under the
wedge part of the frame to hold it in place.
 
Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only

Price: $20.00
  

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Frame Hammer

The frame hammer is the ideal size and
weight for tapping in small frame nails.
 
Price: $7.00
  
 

Frame Savers - Pack of 10 Frame Savers
with Nails

Extend the life of your frames with these galvanized steel repair pieces. Nails are
included. Place the frame saver of a broken
or missing ear of your frame and nail into
place.
 
Price: $5.50
  
 

Frame Cleaning Tool

This tool helps you clean old wax, propolis
– even wax moth cocoons, from the grooves
and corners of your frames. This is an indispensable tool if you are preparing old
frames to receive new sheets of foundation.
 
Price: $9.50
  



Frame Assembly Jig

Assemble up to ten frames at a time and
forget the frustration of assembling individual frames. The jig fits all sizes of frames.

The frame assembly jig ships unassembled,
or pick it up at Gretchen Bee Ranch fully assembled and ready to use.

Price: $30.00
  
 

Frame Wire – 1/2 pound spool
(approximately 700 feet)

This 26-gauge wire supports your beeswax foundation, keeping it from sagging or
stretching. Use eyelets, an eyelet punch, a
wire crimper and a spur embedder to install
the wire into your foundation.
 
Price: $7.00
  
 

Eyelets – 100 Pack

Eyelets are installed in the holes of your
frame end bars to keep the frame wire from
digging into the wood. Eyelets are installed
with an eyelet punch.
 
Price: $3.00
  

         


Eyelet Punch

Use a frame hammer and an eyelet punch
to tap the eyelets into the holes on the end
bars of your frames.

Price: $5.00
  
 

Frame Wire Crimper

Run the wire crimper along your frame wire
to tighten it before embedding the wire into
the beeswax foundation.
 
Price: $7.00
  
 

Spur Embedder with Grooved Wheel

Roll the spur embedder over your frame wire to embed it into the beeswax foundation. Our
spur embedder has a grooved wheel to help
hold the frame wire in place.
 
Price: $14.00
  

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Hive Tool

A strong hive tool is indispensable for prying
apart boxes and frames that the bees stick together with propolis. This standard, steel
hive tool is 9 1/2 inches long.
 
Price: $7.00 painted red, pink or yellow
  
 

J-Hook Hive Tool

This specialized hive tool has a J-hook on
one end to facilitate prying frames. It is
10 1/2 inches long and made of tempered
steel.
 
Price: $9.00
  
 

Frame Entrance Reducer

The entrance reducer fits at the entrance of
the hive. We use an entrance reducer when
we feed our bees or with a smaller colony to reduce robbing by stronger colonies.

- Eight or Ten Frame sizes
 
Price: $3.00
  



Stainless Steel Queen Catcher

This is a useful tool to help catch and the
queen during a bee removal, or when you
need to catch the queen in a colony for
marking. We find the stainless steel queen
catcher o be more durable than a plastic
queen catcher.

Price: $7.00
  
 

Queen Marking Tube

We use this tool for securing our queens as
we mark them.
 
Price: $6.00
  
 

Queen Marking Pen

Use the marking pen to gently mark a small
dot on the thorax of the queen. You can track
the age of your queen by adhering to an international color standard.

Options: Yellow, Red, Green, Blue or White
 
Price: $6.50
  

         


Metal Frame Spacers

Metal frame spacers can be used when you
want to put fewer than 10 frames in a 10-frame super. We often put 9 frames in our 10-frame
deep supers, to make the frames less crowded and easier to remove. We often put 8 frames in
our 10-frame honey supers because the bees
will produce more honey with 8 frames than
they will with 10. Nails are not included.

 - Eight or Nine Frame Spacers

Price: $2.00 per pair
  
 

Metal Frame Rests

Metal frame rests protect the wood inside your hive where the frames sit, and also make
frames easier to remove. Nails are not included.
 
Price: $1.00 per pair
  
 

10 Frame to 9 Frame Spacing Tool

Use this tool to accurately space 9 frames in
a 10-frame hive body. This tool is made of
sturdy plastic. We recommend reducing to 9
frames when all of your frames are fully
drawn-out with honeycomb. This will give you
more room to work without rolling your bees
when removing frames for examination.
 
Price: $12.95
  

         


Swarm Trap

This swarm trap provides the size and shape
that bees are looking for in a new home. Made
of fiber material, the trap will hold up well
season after season. We recommend baiting
the swarm trap with a thin coat of beeswax
and attaching a swarm lure to the inside lid.
The swarm lure is sold separately.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only!

Price: $24.00
  
 

Swarm Lure

The swarm lure releases a pheromone that attracts swarms to a swarm trap. We
recommend one swarm lure envelope per trap. Unused envelopes should be refrigerated or frozen.
 
Price: $4.00
  
 

Beehive Log

Keep track of your hive details with this handy record book, featuring “rite in the rain” water shedding paper. The notebook includes 100
pages for recording the status and condition
of your colonies.
 
Price: $8.50
  

         


Ratchet Straps

A strong ratchet strap will effectively hold your hive components together should you need to move your colony. They are also handy for strapping down covers in windy conditions.
The color of the strap may vary.


Price: $7.00
  
 

Nuc Carrying Bag

Use the ventilated nuc carrying bag to safely transport your nucleus hive to your apiary.
This is especially helpful if you are carrying
your bees in the cab of your vehicle.
 
Price: $4.00
  
 

Hive Carrier

This two-person hive carrier takes the back breaking work out of moving heavy colonies
or honey supers. Made of heavy-duty
galvanized steel tubing, the hive carrier can
carry up to 150 pounds. Metal tabs fit into the
hand holds of the hive to provide a secure fit
for lifting.

Note: No shipping - Showroom Pick-up Only
 
Price: $52.00
  

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