The A-Bee-C’s Of Beekeeping
Beekeeping For Beginners
Humans first began domesticating bees over four thousand years ago. Before that, they harvested honey from wild honey bees for about fifteen thousand years. Our sweet tooth is quite ancient when it comes to bees to and their honey!
Some Quick Questions & Answers Regarding Beekeeping For Beginners:
- How many types of bees are there?
Believe it or not, about twenty thousand.
- What’s one of the first things you need to consider after you find the correct species of bee for you?
Where they’re going to live!
- What type of home will you provide them?
In the past, humans have kept bees in everything from pottery to special wooden logs. Today, we do things differently, but the basics still apply. You need a simple structure to keep them from the weather where the queen can be kept safe. Most folks choose between a Top Bar hive and a Langstroth hive. Langstroth hives have movable frames while Top Bars do not.
Should Beginning Beekeepers Go With Top Bars?
Top Bars can be easier for beginners, but they may not produce as much honey. They can be good to start with though, to get a sense of how far you want to take your hobby. If you get your toes wet with a Top Bar, you can always trade up to a Langstrom. It’s good to start out simple to get a sense of satisfaction. If you do too much at once, you might feel like a “failure” and give up. Best to do a bit at a time and then branch out as you feel more competent.
Now, What Tools Does A Beginner Beekeper Need?
You will want a hooded suit and gloves. You may see others not using them, but as a beginner, better safe than sorry. Once you know your hive, you can always opt to not use it.
You will also need a smoker to help quiet the bees. Smokers can burn most anything to produce smoke, including extra cardboard you would have just thrown away or recycled anyway. Some people prefer using a liquid smoke spray instead.
You’ve Got Your Beekeping Tools In Place, What’s The Next Step?
Learn as much as you can about how to take good care of your queen. She’s the boss of the entire operation! Your hive only has one queen, though she produces thousands of eggs. She’ll live only a year or two, but she’s the key to the health of your hobby.
Lastly, decide what you’ll do with your finished product.
Some people prefer raw honey. Raw honey, though, can’t be sold most places and should not be fed to infants. If you intend to sell it to the local market, find out what their requirements are so that you meet local standards.
Now, that you know the basics of beekeeping for beginners, look for others to include in your hobby. Beekeeping stays alive by passing the knowledge onto others. Do you have neighbors or friends who might be interested? Besides helping out with chores, you’ll be igniting their interest in a new hobby as well. The more folks in your area (and the world) who are involved in beekeeping, the healthier our planet will become. Bees are one of the most important parts of keeping our eco-system healthy. Be a part of that!
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