I know there are probably alot of questions like this, but I've done some research and I'll try to keep it short.
I'll be getting 2 packages of bees in April and I'm trying to get our hives all ready. I'm in the process of cleaning them (they've sat unused for 10+ years) and I'm trying to put together an order of things I need to get started. I have the main hive bodies, frames, and foundation all covered but I'm wondering if I need any or some of the following?
1) feeders? (a question on those...I have raised chickens in the past and I'm wondering if I could just use the little chicken water(ers) for the bees or will they drown in the little 1" deep trough?)
2) any special food or vitamins to start off a new hive?
3) does a guy need the queen excluders?
thanks for the input, I just want to be prepared well in advance because april is a busy time for me as a farmer.