For those doing it correctly, beekeeping can be a rewarding and fun hobby. The hobby has been dated all the way back to ancient times, which makes the act of keeping bees one of the first forms of our civilization’s agriculture finesse.
It involves keeping domesticated bees in a monitored apiary in order to seasonally harvest their honey.
Many different reasons are cited by apiarists for getting involved in beekeeping. Localized in the one place, the bees can be used for the pollination of crops nearby.
Seasonally, the bees can also be raised in order to harvest natural beeswax and honey. A hive can be started with the idea of raising and selling bees to fellow enthusiasts too.
Acquiring a bee hive should be getting into beekeeping’s first step. From a seller or fellow beekeeper, purchase a hive in the spring time. A bee colony that is stable and one queen bee will also be needed as well
You will have to set up the bee colony’s new home before you get them. Pick a spot for the wooden hive and set it up there. Then, generously brush it with water and honey so the creatures will better assimilate to your apiary.
While wearing your new beekeeping clothes, insert the bees carefully into the hive after you receive them.
The queen bee is usually received at a later date and in a special cage that fits on top of the hive. In the bottom of her cage is an edible plug that the worker bees will eat through in three or four days.
The bees of the hive need these days to get used to the queen before they free her so that they don’t become confused and attack her.
You will also have to set up a local source of bee food. The creatures will usually travel a couple miles at the most when searching for spring plants so set up some nearby the colony to make it simpler on them. If you already posses a garden, the creatures will pollinate your plants for you.
If you already have a garden, the bees will pollinate your flowers for you. Small containers inside the hive can be filled with sugar water, which will nourish your bees, as well.
Remember to regularly collect the honey from the colony. Don special gear and use bee smokers that will stun the creatures temporarily to prevent getting stung while you work.
When you do get stung, and it is inevitable, stay calm and gently remove the stinger from your skin. Special epidermic needles can be kept on hand for apiarists who are allergic to bee stings.