A Beekeeper is also known as an Apiarist. Honeybees are often kept in a location called an Apiary or bee yard. Beekeepers wear protective gear usually consisting of a hat, or veil, a coat or full suit, gloves are also often worn. Modern beekeepers have a vast array of decisions to make regarding everything from what style of hive to keep to deciding if they will use chemical treatments or not. The most common hives are the Langstroth, Kenyan Top Bar and the Warre hive bodies. Hives, in the United States, must have removable frames to allow for inspection. The decision to use chemicals is purely a personal choice and each person must make the decision for themselves.
At Ole Bearz Bees, I use both the Langstroth and Kenyan Top Bar Hives. Each hive has its own benefits and challenges. In the Langstroth hives, I use all eight frame medium deep hive bodies. I also insulate the hives with one inch foam board on the exterior. I use 4.9mm small cell plastic frames as well as screened bottom boards. I am a chemical free beekeeper and do not use chemicals on any of my crops either. I have found this to be the most beneficial method of meeting my beekeeping goals as well as for the health of the honeybees. I respect each beekeepers right to keep honeybees using whatever system they see fit.